Vanuatu – Port Vila & Espiritu Santo Diving

We pulled into Port Villa, Vanuatu around 7:00 am in the morning.  Quiet, calm seas and sunny skies.  I shot some photos of the rock formations (not seen here) as we made our way to dock.  This was an interesting island to visit with its’ open air market and small shops and cool dive spots.

David Loughlin

Good morning Vanuatu.  So excited to dive and explore this island.  View from our ship early morning, looking back towards the entrance of the harbor.

Locals selling their goods in the open air market.

Went up the hill to see if I could get some uncirculated bundles of money at the central bank.  Took this shot at the bottom of the hill.

Early morning dive.  Heading out and got this view of the Iriki hotel in Port Villa from the dive boat.

 

S. S.  P R E S I D E N T   C O O L I D G E
E S P I R I T U   S A N T O – V A N U A T U
Love when I meet new friends while abroad.  I met this couple in the South Pacific who live near me.  What a small world.  The following high resolution images are courtesy of Ian Lennard & Carrie Berkovich.  Thanks guys for sharing and beautiful images.

Live mortar rounds laying around.  Photo of Ian Lennard

Carrie Berkovich peering into cargo hold 1.

Carrie Berkovich playing with guns on deck.

Carrie Berkovich examines a live mortar round.

 

Exploring cargo hold #1

M I L L I O N   D O L L A R   P O I N T
L U G A N V I L L E – V A N U A T U
This dive site was named Million Dollar Point for a reason.  After WWII the U.S. Armed Forces attempted to sell millions of dollars worth of jeeps, bulldozers, trucks, fork lifts, tractors, unopened boxes of clothing and cases of Coca-Cola, etc. to anyone who wanted them.  Since nobody wanted to buy them, the military bulldozed everything into the ocean to spite those who would not buy.  This act left behind a graveyard of junk from WWII.

Old tugboat at the bottom of the bay.  The first man made thing I approached on this dive.

The deck of the tugboat.

Love this guy.  Ian Lennard.

Old forklift at the bottom of the bay.

Hey, is this camera still on?

Jeeps and old WWII vehicles all over down here.

More trucks.

Old buildings and structures just decomposing.

T W I N   B O M M I E S
P O R T  V I L A  – V A N U A T U
This was a spectacular dive.  The healthiest sea life and reef that I have ever experienced at that time.
Enjoy the video, I have not extracted stills from this one yet, so sit back, relax and enjoy this dive.

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