aore adventures 

Our operation is completely different to all other operations in Santo specializing in small groups offering a boutique, personal dive experience with diver safety our top priority, while still having fun! 

We operate from right next door to the resort as a PADI Dive Centre, and offer boat dives aboard our custom built (2013) dive vessel "Full Boar" - Santo’s premier dive vessel.

Our dive guide Alfred is the #1 most experienced guide here in Santo, guiding since 1992 with over 13500+ dives on the Coolidge,  so he can show you things that no one else can, as he knows the wreck like the back of his hand.

So we can tailor a dive plan to suit each individual group. We carry a max of 8 divers even though the boat is built for 12, so plenty of room. We also have our own mooring right on the bow of the Coolidge in 18m of water, which eliminates any difficult shore entries with heavy dive gear or long surface swims.

Our hire gear if required is the latest top of the range Oceanic regulators and BCD’s so no issue there. Our BCD’s all have weight integration, a safety sausage, & whistle. There are also specific ladies and men's BCD’s available for better comfort & fit, we also have dive lights for hire if required. All our regulators also have their own dive computer for your added safety (we are the only operators with dive computers).

We dive the following wrecks: SS President Coolidge, USS Tucker, Tui Tawate, Aore Plane (dauntless dive bomber) plus all the usual reef sites around Santo along with about 8 others that no one else does, due to the type of boat we operate. Night dives on the Coolidge are also available and are amazing with the flashlight fish.

The day also includes a gourmet morning tea / lunch along with cold drinks from our on board fridge, the food will be also be a memorable part of your experience with us.

We pick up at the resort at around 8am and have you back after the dives between 12pm & 1.30pm depending on dive sites, so plenty of time to relax in the afternoon or for other activities.

We are the only operators to carry all of the following safety equipment: remote area O2 kit, Defibrillator, & remote area 1st aid kit (not that we want to use them) but safety is our main priority for our divers.


We also offer island and sunset cruises along with game fishing charters around our local waters.


We offer an all in one dive destination and getaway - great accommodation right on the beach with a very easy dive set up, so our guests have a great hassle free holiday. But you don’t need to be a diver to enjoy our place!

Our aim is to supply a very personalized and top class package for our guests at a very competitive price, all in their own private resort.

We are the only place in Santo that can offer this unique way to dive and stay.

Our guest beach villa is Eco friendly with 24hr 240v solar power and a pure rain water supply. It is an open plan with ceiling fans throughout, but they are very rarely needed as it overlooks the water and has nice cooling breezes 99% of the time. It accommodates 6 adults in king size singles or they can be joined for 3 king size doubles.

There are 2 separate bedrooms and a day area for the last 2 beds, and has a large bathroom, two toilets, lounge room and an outside shower.

It also has its own private jetty/pontoon.

The lounge room has a smart HD flat screen for video or photo viewing as well as a blue ray HiFi with iPod dock. Dining is on the all-weather veranda and there is a fully self-contained kitchen and separate BBQ area for self-catering. We can do a grocery pre shop for groups and or they can do a shop themselves once they arrive. This gives the group an option for a more economical meal package, also one of Santos' most popular bar and restaurant is only 200m away or we can arrange transfers for  guests over to Santo to the restaurants on offer over there.

We also have complementary kayaks for your family to use exploring the island and reefs.

This is rented out at 30,000vt per night.


In-House Activities

  • Kayaking
  • Boat charter for deep sea fishing and diving
  • Island and Sunset Cruise

Visitor Feedback

We returned to stay at Aore Adventure Lodge for 10 days to dive the SS President Coolidge. Paul (and the boys) run the best (and safest) dive operation on the island by far. They have the best guides, gear and boat and provide what feels like a private tour of some of the world’s best dive sites. Crucially, they get you into the Coolidge before the other divers have had the chance to silt the place up!
— Ryan, Australia (2018)