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Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu Cruise Port

Espiritu Santo is the largest of the islands that make up the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. This picture perfect island is home to an incredible natural landscape with lush forests, majestic mountain peaks, idyllic coastline and crystal clear ocean waters. The island's fascinating local culture delights tourists from all over the world and visitors can appreciate the region's remote and peaceful atmosphere combined with the beautiful surroundings founds all over Espiritu Santo and the rest of Vanuatu. Since its discovery in 1606, when Portuguese explorer Pedro Fernandes de Queiros established the island's first settlement, Espiritu Santo has amazed and impressed visitors with its immaculate scenery, tropical climate, friendly ambience and welcoming local population.

Overview

As well as being a place of tranquil relaxation, Espiritu Santo is also a hotspot for activities such as scuba diving, hiking and sailing due to its beautiful coastal and inland scenery.

Diving

Espiritu Santo boasts some of the world's most popular and astonishing dive sites, due to its surrounding underwater paradise and the number of shipwrecks found off the coast of the island. The island's most well-known shipwreck is the President Coolidge, which is one of the largest wreck dive sites in the world. The vessel was sunk during the Second World War when it ran into one of its own mines and went down. The ship was carrying five thousand men at the time, only two of whom lost their lives when it sank. Divers who explore this wreck will discover that the holds are still packed with military equipment such as rifles, ammunition, helmets and vehicles. Million Dollar Point is another famous dive site near to the island, where the Americans dumped equipment into the sea after World War Two, leaving an array of tanks, jeeps and aircraft underwater.

Beaches

Many beautiful and isolated beaches can be found around the stunning coastline of Espiritu Santo. Champagne Beach is often referred to as one of the most picturesque and serene beaches in the South Pacific, which is well-known for its idyllic beaches.

Millennium Cave

The Millennium Cave on the island of Espiritu Santo was only discovered in the year 2000 and is home to an incredible active bat colony. Visitors can make the trek to this amazing cavern and simply float back to their starting point along a gentle waterway. Tour operators and guides can also show visitors a number of other fantastic jungle treks to discover the epic scenery found across the inland areas of the island.

Shopping in Espiritu Santo

Visitors will find several small shops and stalls situated across the island at which to buy a selection of gifts and souvenirs, in the form of local hand-made arts and crafts, as well as a range of useful amenities. Guests will also be able to buy and hire a variety of water sports and diving equipment.

Eating Out in Espiritu Santo

Most of the island's restaurants and cafes are located within the various resorts and hotels, serving a variety of local cuisine including fresh seafood and fruit-based dishes.

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