Champagne Bay (aka Champagne Beach) is one of the Espiritu Santo Island's cruise ports - together with Luganville.
Vanuatu's Champagne Bay is famous for its white-sand beaches, and is one of the South Pacific's best beach vacation destinations. The port is visited on regular cruise itineraries leaving round-trip from Australia and New Zealand. Champagne Beach is very close to Hog Harbour, which is in close proximity to Port Olry.
Champagne Bay is located on the northeast coast of Espiritu Santo and gets its name from an interesting natural phenomenon. When the water is shallow at at low tide, it fizzes just like Champagne as it passes through the volcanic rocks on the sea floor.
many cruise ships dock in the bay and then tender their passengers to the pier. For most tourists, it is enough to enjoy the beauty of the lagoon and go swimming. Another popular activity there is snorkelling, with the reefs teeming with marine life offshore. The locals head to the beach when cruise ships are in to sell cold drinks and handicrafts, so it is a good place to pick up authentic souvenirs, such as mats, baskets, carvings, masks, bowls, shell and bead necklaces.
Champagne Bay cruise terminal
Vanuatu Islands (officially Republic of Vanuatu) is an island nation located in the South Pacific. The islands cover a total area of approx 12190 km2 (4706 mi2) and population around 290,000. Large cruise ships to Vanuatu Islands dock (anchor) either at Luganville or Champagne Bay (near Hog Harbour, in the northeast part of Espiritu Santo Island).
The archipelago is of volcanic origin and is situated some 1750 km (1090 mi) east of northern Australia, east of New Guinea, 540 km (340 mi) northeast of New Caledonia, west of Fiji and southeast of Solomon Islands.
The tourism industry in Vanuatu is a major revenue source as the archipelago is widely recognised as a premier vacation travel destination - especially for coral reef scuba diving. A unique attraction to scuba divers is the wreck of the US luxury cruise ship President Coolidge (converted troop carrier) on Espiritu Santo Island. Sunk during WW2 (1939-1945), the vessel is among the world's largest shipwrecks accessible for recreational diving.