Lawn rows of coconut palm trees on grass fields in Champagne Bay, Vanuatu
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Cruise to Champagne Bay, Vanuatu

Located on Vanuatu's largest island, Espiritu Santo, Champagne Bay is one of the premier beach getaways in the South Pacific. Known for its turquoise waters and white sand, the bay's name comes from the fizzing noise the water makes at low tide, as it washes over volcanic rocks on the ocean floor. Head to Champagne Beach to experience the sound as you sink your feet in the soft white sand, or take a dip in the bright turquoise waters. Then, see the Nanda Blue Hole, where you can float on an inner tube in rainforest-surrounded tranquility. Cruise to Champagne Bay and head up to Port Orly and dine on freshly steamed lobster overlooking the ocean.
National Language Bislama, French, English
Currency Accepted Vanuatu Vatu (VUV)

Things To Do in Champagne Bay

Group of snorkelers snorkleing in tropical waters of Vanuatu

Dive Right In

Group of snorkelers snorkleing in tropical waters of Vanuatu

Group of snorkelers snorkleing in tropical waters of Vanuatu

Dive Right In

At Champagne Bay, you can snorkel close to the shoreline, but there's coral reef to be explored not too far offshore as well. The consistently good water visibility means that it's easy for you to see the hundreds of different coral and fish species calling the bay (and Espiritu Santo) home.

President Coolidge ship wreck dive sites in Champagne Bay, Vanuatu

Wreck It

President Coolidge ship wreck dive sites in Champagne Bay, Vanuatu

President Coolidge ship wreck dive sites in Champagne Bay, Vanuatu

Wreck It

The S.S. President Coolidge is one of the world's best wreck dive sites. In 1942, the former luxury ocean liner was serving as a troopship when mines sunk her off the coast of Espiritu Santo. Its popularity grew thanks to its visibility and relative shallowness. Divers can see a mosaic tile fountain, jeeps and even chandeliers in the underwater wreckage.

Relax on the beach with water activities and sandy shores
Relax on the beach with water activities and sandy shores

Relax At Your Own Pace

Of course, taking your time to unwind on the white sands of Champagne Beach is one of the best things to do with your cruise. Wade in the warm, bright-blue waters, wander the bay's grassed area, or put your feet up under the shade of a swaying palm tree.

Steamed crabs on a plate
Steamed crabs on a plate

Local Cuisine

Locals cook and serve fresh crab and lobster directly on the beach at Champagne Bay. The nearby Towoc Restaurant and Bungalows also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their specialty is fresh fish with sweet potato, which are two staples in the Vanuatuan diet.

Traditional sarongs sold in Champagne Bay, Vanuatu
Traditional sarongs sold in Champagne Bay, Vanuatu

Shopping

There are residents selling an assortment of handmade Vanuatu souvenirs at Champagne Bay. Some of the products you can purchase include brightly colored sarongs, dresses and shirts imprinted with traditional patterns, seashell jewelry and baskets and boxes woven from brightly dyed leaves from the local pandanus trees.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 There are changing rooms, toilets and a barbecue area at Champagne Bay.
2 Remember to bring cash to purchase food, drinks and souvenirs.

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