Soft corals at Million Dollar Point
Million Dollar Point, diving in a huge US Army dump yard in Vanuatu!
WRECKS, WRECKS, WRECKS! This incredible place is a dump yard with millions of dollars worth of goods from the US Army in clear South Pacific waters! World class wreck diving in Vanuatu, a country in the South Western Pacific!
After the Second World War the US Army did not want to (or could not - different stories exists) take the trucks, guns and supplies back to the US and the French or British did not want to buy it for a very low price either.
They decided to dump jeeps, guns, bulldozers, trucks, tractors and other equipment into the sea so nobody could use it after them for free. With a ramp on the beach millions of dollars worth of vehicles and supplies disappeared in the clear blue waters, destroying the reef and contaminating the water.
Slowly the dump yard turned into a dive yard and the family that owns the property started charging money for people diving into this interesting history from the shore. You can see the rusted engines washed upon shore and you can even spot some wrecks from the surface. Corals and anemones started forming and growing on the trucks and fish found places to hide for predators.
|Dive area name||Luganville, Santo Island|
|Dive center||Coral Quays Fish and Dive Resort/ Absolute Adventures|
|Famous for||World War 2 wrecks!|
|Price||Day trip with 2 dives and full equipment rental: 14.200 Vatu (135 US dollar)|
|Hotel recommendation||Coral Quays Fish and Dive Resort|
The sandy/death coral slope gives an easy to access the wrecks. At the point where you put on your fins you can already see piles of artillery like a metal playground with swim-throughs and artifacts to recognize. From 15 to 30 meters depth you can find most of the remains along a few hundred meters of coastline. It is simply everywhere, spread-out over a huge area and often piled-up in the impressive underwater landscape.
This dive is perfect after a deep dive on the SS President Coolidge wreck since there is enough to explore above 20 meters so you will have enough bottom time. Check these amazing piles of rusty machinery and vehicles!
Million Dollar Point dive site, Vanuatu.
Marine life around Million Dollar Point.
About the organization of Coral Quays Fish and Dive Resort/ Absolute AdventuresMost dive centers around Luganville do not have a 'front office', just the equipment storage/repair/compressor area and an administration desk.
There are no dive shops to buy equipment or spare parts but you can rent about everything. You can rent equipment per dive, NOT per day and fins/mask/computer is NOT included in the full gear rental set.
Please check the details about the organization on the page of the SS President Coolidge wreck.
There are things to consider before diving deep and inside wrecks.
Comparing dive destinations
|Bottom structure||Reef structure||Pelagic
(big stuff in the blue)
(bigger stuff on the reef)
(small stuff on the reef)
|Flat bottom with bumps/big rocks/pinnacles||Hard corals tree-shape
|Slope (going down slowly)||Soft corals tree-shape
|Rays||Eels/snakes||Sea horses and pipe fish||Small
(you can easily swim against it)
(steep but you see the bottom)
(you can swim against it for a little while/higher air consumption)
(steep and you can't see the bottom)
(you cannot swim against it)
|Sponges||Sardines/herrings||Puffers||Shrimps||Pumping/washing machine/OMG/hold your regulator
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