Champagne Beach Snorkeling
The MOST popular snorkel dive spot in Vanuatu.
Saturday 20 August 2016 06:32 GMT
North of Luganville on the northeast side of Espiritu Santo, the snorkeling off Champagne Beach is considered some of the best in Vanuatu. During Champagne Beach snorkeling, you may encounter parrotfish, pufferfish, turtles and reef sharks.
At Champagne Beach, the best snorkeling is off the eastern side of the beach where there are colorful reef formations and diverse marine life about 200 feet offshore. In addition, there are large coral heads located about 500 feet offshore of the middle of the beach. While there are some coral formations close to shore at the west end near the small pier, they have been affected by the heavy boat traffic.
Vanuatu is located northeast of Australia and west of Fiji. To reach the snorkeling in Vanuatu by air, use the international fights into Port Vila airport on the island of Efate. The international flights are direct from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Solomon Islands. To reach the other islands of Vanuatu, you will need to transfer to the interisland air service provided by Air Vanuatu, which does go to Pekoa on Espiritu Santo (near Luganville). Keep in mind that ATM machines are only available in Port Vila and Santo. Also, malaria, Hepatitius B and tuberculosis are endemic to Vanuatu.
Note: In March 2015, the Tropical Cyclone Pam directly hit Vanuatu with winds up to 185mph and very high surf. In addition to infrastructure damage, it was expected that the reef sustained extensive damage. Please contact local dive shops before heading out to this dive site to make sure it has not been damaged.
Overall, Champagne Beach is the 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 6 snorkeling dives in Vanuatu.