This has to go down as one of the highlights of the diving i have done all over the world. Taking @kelsey_k_mourant on her first Deep dive (54m down) into the SS President Coolidge, the largest beach dive wreck in the world. ...This is going to be a long post!
OK some backstory here because this is worth it.
It’s an SS – a steam ship – a luxury liner (trust me the feeling of living on a cruise ship and diving through one was a little bit of a stomach jolt) with rooms for almost 1,000 rich people! Not a warship, though it was pressed into service as a troop carrier with 5,342 troops on board, and sank as a result of hitting two US mines as it came back into its home port full of WW2 troops, equipment, weapons and vehicles.
You swim through numerous holds and decks. There are guns, cannons, Jeeps, helmets, trucks and personal supplies, a beautiful statue of "The Lady" (a porcelain relief of a lady riding a unicorn in the atrium) chandeliers, and a mosaic tile fountain. Coral grows around, with many creatures such as reef fish, barracuda, lionfish, sea turtles and moray eels.
What sets Vanuatu apart from other countries are our authentic, living traditions. We are home to 120+ distinct cultures – and they're all being showcased right now at Vanuatu's 4th National Arts Festival in Lakatoro, Malekula Island! Find out more at https://vanuatuculturalcentre.gov.vu/vanuatu-national-arts-festival-2019 #DiscoverVanuatu 🇻🇺
📌 Lakatoro, Malekula Island, #Vanuatu
A Summer Series: Seaside Houses #13 Kristin Green, La Plage du Pacifique, Vanuatu, 2013
The scattered pieces of the Plage d’Hotel du Pacifique, a project of the Australian architect Kristin Green which is still under construction (although I believe stalled for 5 years now), look like the ruins of a concrete complex on the beach of one of the islands of Vanuatu, a country in the South Pacific archipelago of Melanesia. The hotel includes eighteen villas, a restaurant with a roof garden, a spa facility, and a swimming pool modeled on the ancient Roman baths found in Hadrian’s villa, the archaeological site outside the Italian city of Tivoli. References to architectural monuments aside, the design is predominated by curved forms and series of arches arranged in such a way as to achieve cross ventilation and resist the region’s frequent cyclones.
While building the fortress, Green explored a cinematic experience, coupled with the ideas of leisure, romance and dreaming. With these experiences in mind, the architect created an open air roof garden for dining, cocktails and sun bathing, along with a casual poolside grill bar and a formal restaurant. In addition to the restaurants, the establishment features 18 undulating villas, a spa, swimming pools, and outdoor facilities including; Pétanque, beach tennis, swimming, handball & board games.
The rays of light inside Tanna's Blue Cave are spectacular. But for the even more adventurous visitor, the cliff jump outside the cave is a must-do experience! #DiscoverVanuatu 🇻🇺
📌 Blue Cave, Tanna Island, #Vanuatu