Luganville (aka Santo) is the 2nd largest port city in Vanuatu (after Port Vila, Efate Island), with population around 13,000. The city is located on Espiritu Santo Island's southeastern coast.
Cruise ships to Espiritu Santo Island either dock at Luganville or anchor in Champagne Bay (near Hog Harbour, island's northeast coast).
Port Luganville is one of Vanuatu's busiest seaports used for transshipments for cacao and copra (dried coconut). Segond Channel provides the town with an exclusive, well sheltered harbour.
During WW2 (1939-1945), about 40,000 US military were stationed in the city, operating 3 bomber airfields, docking wharf and drydock. Town's main street houses most of the commercial businesses, shops, tourist boutiques, all-in-one stores (supermarkets), municipal building, market. The street is unusually wide as an US base commander insisted its width to allow 4 army tanks to be driven along the road side by side. Smaller roads and side streets serve the residential zones.
Luganville 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.