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Over the years I have enjoyed a number of adventures diving in Vanuatu. Vanuatu is a charming country of 83 islands and over 217,000 people, where earthquakes occur about four times each day and you can climb an active volcano, Ambrym, which last erupted in 1913.
Among divers, Vanuatu is best known for the astonishing wreck of the S.S. President Coolidge, which on October 26, 1942 entered an allied minefield, uninformed of itbecause of wartime radio silence. Two explosions ripped apart the aft fire room and the engine room.. The Captain, knowing the ship was mortally wounded,ordered itrammed onto the reef. Almost the entire crew escaped, but the ship then rolled onto its port side and slipped backward to where she lies today.
The Pentecost Islanders were very friendly, even putting on a ceremonial dance for us. This village is also home to the world-famous Land Divers. The men of the village swan-dive off a tall tower with vines attached to their ankles. As they fall headfirst, the carefully-measured vines stop their fall as their heads brush the dirt! “Unforgettable” is a huge understatement!
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