Scuba Destination Spotlight #14: SS President Coolidge Wreck, Vanuatu

The largest, most easily accessible shipwreck in the world, the SS Coolidge Wreck was sunk by an American mine in the Santo waters during World War II.

The ship lies 20-70 meters in depth in the clear, calm waters, and offers the chance to explore the remnants of a World War II troop ship that was initially a luxury liner.

The ship is so large, you have to dive from different locations just to fully see it.

Diving in the SS Coolidge Wreck, Vanuatu

SS Coolidge Wreck diving

Most of the dives on the wreck are over 30 meters in depth so plenty of decompression stops are necessary. These stops are made in a unique artificial coral garden built by a team of divers from Allan Power Santo Diving.

When making decompression stops, different types of colorful hard corals and fish are visible, and a local famous grouper by name of Boris would stop by for daily feeds at the 3 meters safety stop.

SS Coolidge Wreck diving

The ship is big and takes time to fully explore. It’s nearly 200 meters long and 25 meters wide, which make it a repeated dive spot for many enthusiastic diving explorers, as many of them come back many times, over and over again.

There are dive shops that offer their services like shore dives, and some that can even drop you off straight into the bow like a boat dive.

All in all, diving in the SS Coolidge is a unique experience. It’s a both a historical site and an advanced diving spot, so if you’re an enthusiast for both, then the wreck of the SS President Coolidge is a must-see.

Take good care, however, because the decompression issues in the wreck can be potentially hazardous if not planned for appropriately.

SS Coolidge Wreck diving

SS Coolidge Wreck diving

SS Coolidge Wreck diving

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