We visited Santo on a cruise and the ship docked at Luganville. Two months prior to leaving Sydney we had organised a local tour company to pick us up at the dock, ( Luke Tokar -Paradise Tours, Google It!) Three reasons, the first is that they are locally owned and operated secondly they agreed to take us to as many places as we could fit in and thirdly there was no 40% mark up which goes entirely to the cruise ship company if you book one of their on shore tours. Throw in the fact that cruise ship tours may only take you to a couple of places and it just makes sense.
Anyway, Champagne Beach - this was stop 3 on our tour we had already been to and snorkelled and swum at Million Dollar Point, The Blue Holes and Velit Bay. The weather was a little overcast but the water was warm and the sun broke threw a few times and when it did the whole place just radiated. The sand is so fine it is almost like talcum powder, and brilliant white. The water is so clear I spotted a dive mask on the bottom and retrieved it. It is quite a beautiful place. Do pay a visit. (We went to Port Olray after and again, a beautiful spot, as is Velit Bay and the Blue Holes are just incredible)
Our day was 8am pick up and back at the ship by 3pm, cost $50 each which included all the small local village charges for entry.