A wreck off Hideaway Island, Vanuatu.
A wreck off Hideaway Island, Vanuatu. CONTRIBUTED

IN DEEP: Exploring magic sites in Vanuatu

THIS week's dive report comes from Hideaway Island in Vanuatu.

I've joined a group of keen Sunshine Coast divers to explore the dive sites around the island.

Mele reef is a large reef system which extends around Hideaway Island and beyond.

The dive operator has set up mooring buoys at more than a dozen sites.

The underwater visibility has exceeded 25m every day.

Because Mele Reef is protected from large ocean swells, there is little or no surge on the bottom.

Most divers dive in thin tropical wetsuits as the water temperature is 26 degrees.

These conditions make diving easy and relaxed, particularly on night dives.

The coral reefs are relatively healthy.

However, there are signs of some coral bleaching, probably caused by continual high water temperatures around Vanuatu.

A wide variety of beautiful, small tropical fish greet us on every dive.

I'm sure there will be some fantastic underwater photos to follow.

It would be difficult to find a better destination for divers looking for easy diving with great visibility and warm water on such a beautiful island.

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