Coastal Trader Shipwrecks

The Coastal Traders of the MV Henry Bonneaud, MV Tui Tawaite and MV Dedele are of the lesser-known but equally intriguing shipwrecks around Vanuatu, a testament to the region’s rich maritime history. Located off the coast of Espiritu Santo, this shipwrecks has become a magnet for divers keen on exploring the remnants of a bygone era while being enveloped by a thriving marine environment.

The Coastal Traders were  trading vessels, and their history is intertwined with the tales of seafaring, trade, and occasional skirmishes in the South Pacific. They met its watery demise in the mid to late 1980’s. Today, the wrecks rest on a sandy bottom, with parts of their structure still intact, inviting divers to weave through its corridors and chambers.

Over the years, the Coastal Traders has transformed into an artificial reef, playing host to a wide variety of marine life. Soft corals and sponges have taken up residence on the ship’s rusted surfaces, creating a vibrant tapestry of colors and textures. Schools of fusiliers, batfish, and jacks often hover around the wreck, while curious reef sharks might be seen patrolling the perimeter. Inside the wrecks, one can find moray eels peeking from crevices and lionfish gracefully floating by.

For wreck diving enthusiasts, the Coastal Traders offers a mix of history, exploration, and marine biodiversity. Their  depth makes them accessible for most divers, while the myriad of marine life ensures that every dive is a unique experience.