Dive the SS President Coolidge with Aquamarine, Santo Vanuatu

Dive the SS President Coolidge for the wreck dive of a lifetime. As one of the largest, most accessible wrecks in the world, the President Coolidge is a wreck diver’s dream. To see the whole ship, you’ll want to do at least 10 dives but you can certainly get a feel for the majesty of the wreck on even a few dives.

President Coolidge Dive Map, Aquamarine Santo Vanuatu

Coolidge Bow and Reef Dive

Penetration: none  |  Max Depth: 25 metres (85 feet)

Bow Dive, SS President Coolidge, Santo Vanuatu
© Mike Gerken

Swim underneath and around the bow and port side of the ship looking at a variety of soft and hard corals as well as the marine life making their home on the wreck such as lion fish, trigger fish, nudibranch and the wreck’s resident green moray eel, Nessie.

Promenade Deck

Penetration: mild  |  Max Depth: 33 metres (110 feet)

Prom Deck Dive, SS President Coolidge, Santo Vanuatu
© Phil Hawley

Swim along the promenade deck and see the ship’s massive 3" gun, rifles, gas masks, troops toilets, helmets, ammunition and a US Army 1940s field cooker.

Cargo Holds 1 & 2

Penetration: mild  |  Max Depth: 36 metres (120 feet)

Cargo Holds Dive, SS President Coolidge, Santo, Vanuatu
© Jen Spry

Explore two of the cargo holds of the wreck. You’ll see heaps of military gear including howitzer cannons, a 10-wheel General Motors Corporation truck, jeeps, tracked vehicles, steering wheels and tires.

 

Cargo Holds Night Dive

Penetration: mild  |  Max Depth: 30 metres (100 feet)

Night Dive, President Coolidge, Santo VanuatuEnter the Cargo Holds of the wreck and be surrounded by a spectacular show of flashlight fish. A night dive you’ll never forget.

Medical Supplies

Penetration: mild  |  Max Depth: 33 metres (110 feet)

Medical Supplies Dive, SS President Coolidge, Santo VanuatuInvestigate the medical supplies area of the wreck where you’ll see syringes, bottles of medicines and powders, glass IV drip bottles, the doctor’s office, aircraft drop tanks and the barber shop with barber chair still intact.

Captain’s Bathroom

Penetration: moderate  |  Max Depth: 39 metres (130 feet)

Captain's Bathroom Dive, SS President Coolidge, Santo Vanuatu
© Mike Gerken

Explore the captain’s bathroom and see some of his personal affects including talcum powder bottles, water jugs, and hairbrush. You’ll also visit the lobby of the ship to see the beautiful mosaic fountain and swim through first-class accommodations.

ABC Decks

Penetration: moderate  |  Max Depth: 39 metres (130 feet)

ABC Deck Dive, SS President Coolidge, Santo Vanuatu
© Jen Spry

Swim through the accommodation sections of 3 decks of the ship. You’ll see various personal affects of the soldiers as well as rows of bathrooms and still intact ceiling light bulbs.

The “Lady”

Penetration: moderate  |  Max Depth: 42 metres (140 feet)

The Lady Dive, SS President Coolidge, Santo Vanuatu
© Mike Gerken

One of the most famous wreck dives in the world! Swim through the first class dining saloon and visit the ceramic figure of the lady and her unicorn. You’ll also swim through the first class lobby, library and continental lounge seeing the beautiful Italian mosaic fountain, porthole skylights and brass mushroom-shaped ceiling lights.

20mm Cannons

Penetration: none  |  Max Depth: 42 metres (140 feet)

20mm cannons Dive, SS President Coolidge, Santo Vanuatu
© Mike Gerken

Stay outside the wreck and explore the ship’s 20mm cannons and the ship’s port side promenade deck. You’ll investigate the crows nest and spot the ship’s spare anchor, fire extinguishers, typewriters and Wellington boots resting in the sand.

Doctor’s Office

Penetration: full  |  Max Depth: 45 metres (150 feet)

Doctor's Office Dive, SS President Coolidge, Santo Vanuatu
© Jen Spry

Rummage around the doctor’s office looking at syringes, sutures, vials of medicine, tin boxes, and first aid kits. Swim through crew accommodations.

Engine Room

Penetration: moderate  |  Max Depth: 48 metres (160 feet)

Engine Room Dive, SS President Coolidge, Santo Vanuatu
© Dr. R. Harris

Explore the condenser, turbines, propeller shaft and gantry walkways before investigating the ship’s machine control room where you’ll get to see temperature and pressure gauges as well as read 4 of the ship’s telegraphs.

Soda Fountain

Penetration: full  |  Max Depth: 54 metres (180 feet)

Soda Fountain Dive, SS President Coolidge, Santo Vanuatu
© Dr. R. “Harry” Harris

Visit the soda fountain where you’ll see the bar, piles of glass coke bottles. You’ll also see some of the ship’s ammunition and anti-tank guns.

The Labyrinth

Penetration: full  |  Max Depth: 55 metres (175 feet)

Labyrinth Dive, SS President Coolidge, Santo VanuatuStarting at 55 metres, you'll twist and weave through some rarely explored areas of the ship. You'll also get to see items just discovered on the Coolidge like microscopic slides, thermometers and a few other surprises.

Galley

Penetration: full  |  Max Depth: 57 metres (190 feet)

Galley Dive, SS President Coolidge, Santo VanuatuA fantastic dive exploring the galley of the ship. You’ll see food preparation tables, industrial size potato peelers and dough machines, the butcher shop as well as ovens, crockery and kettle drums.

Swimming Pool

Penetration: none  |  Max Depth: 57 metres (190 feet)

Swimming Pool Dive, SS President Coolidge, Santo Vanuatu
© Tony Hayes

Swim in the mosaic-tiled first-class swimming pool and investigate the outside of the ship where you’ll see anti-aircraft guns and turrets, the ship’s two funnels, and porthole skylights.

Cargo Holds 6 & 7

Penetration: moderate  |  Max Depth: 60 metres (200 feet)

Cargo Holds Dive, SS President Coolidge, Santo Vanuatu
© Dr. R. Harris

Investigate two deep cargo holds of the ship where you’ll see ambulances, the ship’s spare propeller blade, boxes of ammunition and other military gear.

Shooter’s Tour

Penetration: full  |  Max Depth: varies

Shooter’s Tour, SS President Coolidge, Santo VanuatuFeeling daring enough to follow a mad Irishman? Thatís what you’ll do on Shooter’s Tour. After nearly 3 years with Aquamarine, Brian (aka Shooter) has created his own personal tour for Coolidge junkies. Shooter likes his diving deep and dark so be prepared for some high numbers on your depth gauge and some serious penetration.

Stern

Penetration: none  |  Max Depth: 60 metres (200 feet)

Stern, SS President Coolidge, Santo Vanuatu
© Dr. R. Harris

Explore the stern of the wreck, swimming along the starboard side prop shaft and taking a look at the rudder. You’ll also pass cargos 6 & 7 and the first-class swimming pool.

Gauntlet

Penetration: full  |  Max Depth: 60 metres (200 feet)

Gauntlet Dive, SS President Coolidge, Santo Vanuatu
© Mike Gerken

Not for the faint of heart, this is a full tour of the wreck. You’ll enter the ship towards the stern and exit the chain locker at the bow.

Hash Tours

Penetration: varies  |  Max Depth: up to 42 metres (140 ft)

Hash Tour Dives, SS President Coolidge, Santo Vanuatu
© Dr. R. “Harry” Harris

Once you’ve done a few dives with us, one of your guides can take you on your own personal hash tour. You’ll talk with your guide to arrange your own tour, going back to places you’d like to see again and exploring new areas including the ship’s workshop or the chain locker.

Tec Tours

Penetration: varies  |  Max Depth: varies

Tec Dives, SS President Coolidge, Santo Vanuatu
© Dr. R. “Harry” Harris

If you’re a tec diver, you’ll want to arrange your own personal tec dives with our tec-qualified guides. You can rummage around in various parts of the wreck and/or around the stern. We offer both Nitrox and Trimix for certified tec divers.