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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.
All dive trips include tanks and weights, qualified dive guides and refreshments.
A fabulous reef dive centred around 2 adjacent coral bommies that attract large numbers of fish. The reef extends 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 and leaf scorpionfish can be spotted on the rocks. Sea turtles are commonly spotted on night dives.
This dive starts on a reef top interspersed with patches of sand. From there, we explore the site’s interesting topography drops, dropping over a crest to a wall with gullies. There are lots of nooks and crannies to find shrimp and morays and a wide variety of reef fish shelter in the reef’s abundant structure. An easy swim through filled with glass fish is interesting feature of this site.
Over in the Mele side of the bay, this reef comes to within 6m of the surface. To the west of the reef, long fingers covered in yellow, blue and green staghorn coral drop down to a depth of 30m plus. This site is very colourful, with clouds of damsel fish dancing above the staghorn and an abundance of anaemomes. This site is also home to morays and crayfish and we occasionally see reef sharks here.
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.
You’ll find few other opportunities to dive a 90 meter long, square rigged sailing ship, as this is likely the only remaining intact 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.
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.
An amazing limestone cavern dive which emerges through a rock pool. The cave is wide and open and is lit by stately shafts of sunbeams filtering down through the open roof. Entry to the Cathedral is in 22m of water. After visiting the cavern we exit and follow a wall outside until meeting up with the boat again. You’ll be sure to encounter many species of shrimp, nudibranchs and leaf scorpionfish. A very comfortable dive if the seas are flat but swells and current can make the cavern a little tricky. As such, this dive is weather dependent.
This reef is named after the abundance of giant pink anaemone that home to families of “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 and keep a watch out on the blue for bigger visitors to the reef.
Named after a plane sunk at this dive site for a wreck, Yankee Juliette is a great site for macro. Banks of reef drop down to a sandy bottom where quite divers will be rewarded by witnessing garden eels coming out to feed and gobies standing guard at the entrance to shrimps in their burrows. There are also plenty of fish and crates amongst the hard corals.