The second largest town in Vanuatu - the former New Hebrides - Luganville is a child of World War II. When America forces arrived on Espirito Santo in 1942, there were no facilities to unload ships, house troops or land American bombers. Engineers went to work erecting both the town and the BP Wharf. The island was soon home to the largest Pacific military base outside of Hawaii. Today, Luganville remains an important copra shipping port - but more and more seasoned travelers are drawn to Espirito Santo's promise of unspoiled beauty and relaxed island ways. Luganville is handy to superb white-sand beaches, tropical rainforest and some of the finest diving and snorkeling in the Pacific.
Divers consider the wreck of the President Coolidge one of the world's top dive sites. The 654-foot liner was serving as a troop transport when she struck two mines and went down in the Segond Channel in 1942. The ship's holds are still filled with her cargo of military supplies.
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Enchanted Water Music Performance
1.5 hours | Luganville | LU1-215
Witness the spellbinding and sacred customs of the people of the Banks and Torres Islands. After a greeting by "fierce warriors," experience a traditional dance followed by a kava ceremony. Then, behold the mesmerizing beauty of the magical water music dance set to the beats and rhythms of folk instruments.
Enjoy a perfect getaway to the idyllic beachside attraction known as Coral and Clam Garden. Soak up the sun, shop for souvenirs or dive into the warm turquoise waters and snorkel around a shallow coral reef teeming with some of the most colorful fish in the Pacific.
Upon arrival you will enjoy a short walk through the lush Vanuatu rainforest before arriving at the picturesque Runsuc Village, here you will be met by a traditional Melanesian welcome performed by the young men of the Village and the locals will provide informative commentary about the customs and traditions of village life.
Marvel at the wonders down under aboard a glass-bottom boat. As you venture out into the cerulean waters be on the lookout for tropical fish, colorful coral formations and the remains of a half-sunken ship. Enjoy an even closer look with a dip in the inviting waters.
View the dramatic reminders of Allied during WWII with a fascinating and poignant visit of significant locations. Some the more moving memorials include visits to the Japanese jail and the original Bomber Two airfields now an international airport. Plenty of photo stops offer views of important places.
Take a dip in a mesmerizing Blue Hole, stretch out under a swaying palm tree, and indulge in the tranquil surroundings of Velit Bay Plantation, which boasts one mile of white coral beaches, clear blue tropical water and coral reefs ideal for snorkeling.
Drift and daydream as you soak up some of the world's most stunning scenery during a leisurely canoe ride on the Riri River. Sit back and relax as your guide maneuvers through the island's lush forests to the legendary Blue Hole. Then, take a refreshing swim in the shimmering waters.
Take a dive and go on a certified scuba safari into the undersea world of the SS President Coolidge, the largest and most accessible dive wreck in the world. Accidentally sunk by a friendly mine, the WWII troop ship lies on its side 320 feet away from the shore.
Saddle up for a horseback ride and see the island's picturesque scenery from a different perspective. When you get off the beaten path you'll ride through the verdant jungle forest, past deep blue lagoons, along white sand beaches and a coconut plantation.