Dive Site: Cindy’s Reef, Santo, Vanuatu

Pretty reef scene at cindys reef diving espiritu santo banner

Site Overview

Site Type: Scenic Reef; some current in parts; can be done as a slow drift dive
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 20MBottom: 30M
Location: East end of Aore Island, just over the bay from the Coolidge

Description

Here’s a short video of Cindy’s Reef dive site which is a very pretty (and pretty convenient) dive for anyone staying around Luganville, (and especially at Aore Island Resort), as it is off the point of Aore Island.

Its position means it typically has great viz, and plenty to see from 5 to 30m – near the drop off where you can see a number of clown fish colonies, and both macro and big stuff.

We dived with Santo Island Dive.

Marine chart showing Cindy's Reef near Aore Island with Santo Island Dive at Espiritu Santo diving Vanuatu by Diveplanit

Cindy’s reef is so called because according to legend (well, according to Dave Cross of the Beachfront Resort), it was discovered when a visiting American woman declared she didn’t want to dive on the Coolidge every day, which prompted Dave to find somewhere new to dive.

A great place to dive or snorkel diving Cindy's Reef at Espiritu Santo diving Vanuatu by Diveplanit

Having booked 10 dives before arriving, the American (Cindy) realised that there weren’t actually 10 different dive sites in Santo, so Cindy and Dave explored a likely spot and discovered the reef which henceforth became known as Cindy’s reef. (Clearly Cindy was the one who wore the wet suit pants!)

Lots a colour and a large variety of hard and soft corals diving Cindy's Reef at Espiritu Santo diving Vanuatu by Diveplanit

A great little reef between 5 and 30m – though you can spend most of your time around 20m and get some good bottom time.

Feisty little clown fish diving Cindy's Reef at Espiritu Santo diving Vanuatu by Diveplanit

Very clear water, and lots to photograph – including a number of clown fish colonies.

Trying out the new lamp diving Cindy's Reef at Espiritu Santo diving Vanuatu by Diveplanit

I was trying out my new video light and Deb her new strobe.

One of Santo Island Dives smaller boats diving Cindy's Reef at Espiritu Santo diving Vanuatu by Diveplanit

The boat is active, so there’s no need to worry about where you might end up, so we just followed the current around the reef.

This dive is also near the drop off, so there is often a few larger critters just hanging at the edge of the visibility.

Great spot for photographing macro and big stuff diving Cindy's Reef at Espiritu Santo diving Vanuatu by Diveplanit

It’s a great dive for photography – both macro and big stuff.

Deb hits deco for the second time that day diving Cindy's Reef at Espiritu Santo diving Vanuatu by Diveplanit

We could have spent hours exploring the nooks and crannies, gone mad chasing turtles and trying to get that perfectly framed shot.

In fact, it’s one of those places where you can overstay your welcome and your deco!