Dive Site: Bonzer Wreck, Hideaway Island, Port Vila

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Site Overview

Site Type: Wreck and Reef
Depth: Top: 12MMedian: 18MBottom: 24M
Location: The Bonzer wreck is a 10 minute boat ride out of Hideaway Island Dive Resort

Description

The Bonzer Wreck has the shortest commute time from the jetty – about 1 minute. It is an intact small freighter complete with wheelhouse sitting almost upright on the bottom. The boat moors a little distance away so there’s a scenic reef to traverse along and steadily down before arriving at the wreck at 24m. So you approach the wreck from the front and at the same depth it’s at which gives a good impression of it. The return journey is then across a steadily shelving reef top so you get lots to see as well as complete the 5m safety stop by the time you’re back at the boat.

Here is a short video which gives you an appreciation of the wreck as a whole.

And now the pictures…

Bonzer Wreck just off Hideaway Island diving Bonzer Wreck at Hideaway Island Resort Port vila diving Vanuatu by Diveplanit

It starts with a slow descent along a reef wall which winds round to the left and down to 24m at the wreck.

White mouth moray diving Bonzer Wreck at Hideaway Island Resort Port vila diving Vanuatu by Diveplanit

A White Mouthed Moray lives right near the bottom of the anchor line.

Clown fish colonies on the way diving Bonzer Wreck at Hideaway Island Resort Port vila diving Vanuatu by Diveplanit

Are you looking at me? diving Bonzer Wreck at Hideaway Island Resort Port vila diving Vanuatu by Diveplanit

There are a couple of clown colonies on the way, and the inevitable (dog-faced) Black Spotted puffer fish which looks just like a chihuahua and fish combined.

Black spotted pufferfish reminds me of a Chihuahua diving Bonzer Wreck at Hideaway Island Resort Port vila diving Vanuatu by Diveplanit

There was also a tiny translucent shrimp which lives on a particular kind of coral.

On the wreck diving Bonzer Wreck at Hideaway Island Resort Port vila diving Vanuatu by Diveplanit

You can spend a lot of time on this wreck as you decompress on your return trip, which is direct to the boat over the top of the 5 m reef.

Regal Butterfly fish on the reef on the way back diving Bonzer Wreck at Hideaway Island Resort Port vila diving Vanuatu by Diveplanit

There are lots the usual mid sized reef fish on the reef. Butterfly fish in particular, here’s a great example of the Regal Butterfly fish.

Blue lined Surgeonfish diving the Bonzer Wreck Hideaway Island House Reef at Port Vila diving Vanuatu by Diveplanit

And a Blue lined Surgeon Fish.

Not exactly a big commute diving Bonzer Wreck at Hideaway Island Resort Port vila diving Vanuatu by Diveplanit

The lagoon area of Mele Bay is normally perfectly flat and calm so if you’re prone to any kind of seasick sickness this is the boat and wreck dive for you.