Our dive sites

With over 20 unique dive sites, you can dive for weeks in Port Vila and still see something new and interesting on every dive.

We complete our final site selections on the morning of the dive trip, taking into account the wind, weather, tides, experience level of the divers on board, and where anyone may already have dived with us.

Here is a sample of our more popular dive sites:

Twin Bommies

A fabulous reef dive centred around 2 coral bommies side by side that attract large numbers of fish. The reef extends out as a plateau in 12-18 meters before dropping over a drop off down to the white sand at 25-30 m. Butterfly fish swim in and out of the yellow and blue staghorn coral. Colourful nudibranchs can be spoted on the rocks. Leaf scorionfish hide in nooks and crannies. It is very rare not to see a turtle or two here on our night dives.

reef Vanuatu

 

Konanda

A 45 meter ship, formerly an island trader, was badly damaged by Cyclone Uma in 1987. Later the Konanda was sunk as a dive wreck. An excellent wreck for your first wreck dive or for the wreck addict. Sitting upright on a sandy bottom in 26 meters, still intact, the Konanda is a wreck divers delight. Safe penetration is possible in the holds, cabin and bridge areas, making it a fun dive.

Konanda wreck Port Vila

 

Bouganvillia

This reef dive features a flat reef 12 to 14 m deep with colourful corals and anemomes. The reef then drops to 30 m with spectacular flowing staghorn cascading down to the white sandy bottom. Don't forget to look out for the little critters too: Nudibranchs, anemone shrimp and porcelain crabs.

Nudibranch Vanuatu

 

West Side Story

Over in the Mele side of the bay, this reef comes to within 6 m of the surface to the west of it long fingers covered in yellow, blue and green staghorn coral, drop down to a depth of 30m plus. This site is colourful with clouds of damsel fish swimming just above the staghorn and lots of anaemomes. Also home to morays and crayfish and occasionally we see reef sharks.

Staghorn Coral Vanuatu

 

The Semele Federesen

This inter-island cargo vessel was deliberately sunk in 1985 in approximately 30m of water. Cyclone Uma in 1987 moved her down the reef to her present position. She now lies in sand bwtween 38 and 55m with the top of the wreck at 30 m. The visibility on this dive is often spectacular sometimes reaching 40 to 50m. It is an stunning dive but the depth means it's one for those with experience.

Semele wreck Vanuatu

 

Pink Panther

Another dive on the Mele side of the bay with pretty corals and plenty of fish. It is named after the pink anaemone which houses several "Nemos", a favorite for photographers. There are plenty of other coloured anemones too! The reef top sits at about 8 meters and a wall drops down to 90 meters plus. Diving along the wall at about 25 meters, you can see morays and crayfish but don't forget to look out into the blue in case somthing a bit bigger comes by.

Pink anenome dive Vanuatu

 

Star Of Russia

Where else in the world can you dive a 90 meter long sailing ship? Probably the only remaining intact square rigged sailing ship of it's vintage the Star was built by Harland and Wolf (builders of the SS Titanic) in the early 1800's. The steel hull sits upright on a sandy bottom in 34 meters of water. The wooden decking has perished allowing divers easy access to the wreck. It's not only loved by divers, schools of fish circle inside her and bat fish can be found outside, hanging around the mooring line. Crocodile fish are often found sitting on the flat beams. This is another wreck in deep water so a dive for the experienced.

Star of Russia wreck dive Port Vila

 

The Cathedral

An amazing cavern dive, wide and open and with awesome shafts of light filtering down through the open roof. Entry to the Cathedral is in 22m, and after visiting the cavern we exit and follow the wall outside until meeting up with the boat again. Home to shrimp, nudibranchs and leaf scorionfish. This dive is weather dependent. A very comfortable dive if the seas are flat but swells and current can make the cavern a little tricky.

The Cathedral cavern dive Vanuatu

 

Tasman

The wreck is an old Qantas Sandringham flying boat that hit a reef on takeoff in 1951. The Tasman was salvaged but later sunk during a cyclone. The wreck is in good condition and lies in about 40 meters of water. It is however in an area of the harbour where the visibility is often poor. It's deep and can be dark and murky so definately for divers with plenty of experience.

Wreck of the Tasman flying boat, Port Vila Vanuatu

 

Want to learn more about diving whilst you are here? Why not take another course?

For certified divers we offer Advance open water, Rescue, specialty courses and divemaster qualifications. Click here to go to our courses page

You a can even start your course whilst still at home. Check out our e-learning page to see how.

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How's about a wreck specialty

We have 4 fantiastic wrecks in Mele bay. Many of our divers have found the wreck specialty course rewarding and great fun. Check out our specialty courses

 

Become a Master Scuba Diver while on holidays

Already a PADI Resuce Diver? Then just complete five PADI Specialties and you can earn the PADI Master Scuba Diver rating - the highest non-professional dive qualification available.


Choose from Underwater Navigation, Deep Diver, Search and Recovery, Wreck, Photography, and many more... Ask one of our friendly staff how you can get started!

 

Want to help the environment whilst you are diving with us?

Project Aware

Join us in our Project Aware activities. We organise Dive Against Debris amonst other conservation projects. If you want to "do your bit" for the environment whilst you are in Vanautu, just ask if there is an activity schedualled for your time here.

 

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Ever dreamt about diving for a living?

That dream could come true. We can teach you to be a divemaster at any time and if you want to go on to become an instructor check out when our next IDC is happening. See our GoPro page for details.

Divemaster

 

Just in Case...

Diving is awsome fun and we take every care to ensure you are safe when you dive with us but diving accidents can happen, we therefore recommend you have insurance that covers you for diving. Divers Alert Network is a highly respected in the dive industry throughout the world. Find out more...

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