Espiritu Santo, more commonly known as just Santo, is Vanuatu’s largest island. It is located in the north of the country’s island chain and is famous for its joint World War II and diving landmarks. The SS President Coolidge ship wreck and Million Dollar Point spots are known to divers all over the world. They tell much about Santo’s role in WWII as a military base for the allied armed forces.
The capital of Santo, Luganville, is Vanuatu’s second urban hub (the national capital, Port Vila, being the first). Most of Santo’s hotels and resorts are located in or near Luganville—it is the islands only real town. Three main roads run west, east and south out of the town. They carry locals and tourists to surrounding villages, beaches, blue holes, bays and mountain trails, including Champagne Beach and the protected Loru Rainforest.