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Panoramabillede af Richard Chesher PRO EXPERT MAESTRO Taget 23:21, 29/11/2010 - Views loading...

Free diving in New Caledonia - Plongée en Apnée Nouvelle Calédonie

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Free diving in New Caledonia - called Plongée en Apnée in French - is one of the most popular watersports at l'Escapade Island Resort on Ilot Maitre. The coral reef is shallow - from half a metre to 5 metres deep - with a luxurient growth of live corals and lots of tropical fish. Because the reef is part of one of New Caledonia's oldest marine reserves the fish allow divers to approach close enough to get good underwater pictures.

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    A: New Caledonia coral reef reserve

    Af Richard Chesher, mindre end 10 meter væk

    The coral reefs surrounding Ilot Maitre are part of a marine reserve. Located close to l'Escapade Isl...

    New Caledonia coral reef reserve

    B: Escapade Island Resort Noumea Coral Reef Bubble

    Af Richard Chesher, 10 meter væk

    The fish living on the coral reef at l'Escapade Island Resort Noumea are visited by thousands of frie...

    Escapade Island Resort Noumea Coral Reef Bubble

    C: Triton Shell Charonia Tritonis New Caledonia

    Af Richard Chesher, 20 meter væk

    The Giant Triton shell, Charonia tritonis, is one of the most valuable molluscs on the coral reefs of...

    Triton Shell Charonia Tritonis New Caledonia

    D: Noumea Resort l'Escapade Coral Reef

    Af Richard Chesher, 20 meter væk

    A coral reef within the Ilot Maitre Marine Reserve, just 25 minutes from Noumea. This lagoon patch re...

    Noumea Resort l'Escapade Coral Reef

    E: Snorkelling New Caledonia Escapade Resort Reef

    Af Richard Chesher, 20 meter væk

    On Saturday morning Freddy and I snorkelled to the coral reef at l'Escapade Island Resort. The water ...

    Snorkelling New Caledonia Escapade Resort Reef

    F: Ilot Maitre Marine Reserve New Caledonia Helicopter View

    Af Richard Chesher, 90 meter væk

    I was really fortunate that my good friend and helicopter pilot Olivier had the afternoon available t...

    Ilot Maitre Marine Reserve New Caledonia Helicopter View

    G: Coral Reef Fish New Caledonia

    Af Richard Chesher, 140 meter væk

    Oh the things we do out of frustration. Yellow snappers, Lutjanus fulviflamma, bunch together in tigh...

    Coral Reef Fish New Caledonia

    H: Noumea Diving - the Escapade Coral Reef

    Af Richard Chesher, 160 meter væk

    This reef is just off the wharf for l'Escapade Island Resort. It is part of the Ilot Maitre Marine Re...

    Noumea Diving - the Escapade Coral Reef

    I: Coral Palms Boat Escapade Island Resort New Caledonia

    Af Richard Chesher, 240 meter væk

    The Navette Coral Palms makes the trip from Noumea Centre Ville to l'Escapade Island Resort on Ilot M...

    Coral Palms Boat Escapade Island Resort New Caledonia

    J: Escapade Island Resort Ilot Maitre New Caledonia

    Af Richard Chesher, 240 meter væk

    Welcome to l'Escapade Island Resort located on  Ilot Maitre in New Caledonia's World Heritage Site Co...

    Escapade Island Resort Ilot Maitre New Caledonia

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    Dette er et overblik over Noumea

    Noumea is the capital and vacation centre of the Islands of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. Noumea is a "French" city, but the 91,000 inhabitants are a very mixed cultural group with French, Melanesian, Polynesian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and lots of mixtures of these. Over 60% of the population of New Caledonia lives in Noumea.

    Noumea is a peninsula on the southwestern end of Grande Terre and the central business district (Centre Ville) is next to one of the best natural harbours in the South Pacific. The lagoon side of the peninsula has two picturesque bays with white sand beaches and is called Anse Vata and Baie des Citrons. These twin bays are the international tourism capital of New Caledonia with hotels, restaurants and bars on the landward side of "La Promenade".

    First settled by the French in 1854, Noumea retains close political ties with France. It has excellent schools and public facilities - parks, recreation areas, exercise paths, schools and medical facilities. Today it is the fastest growing city in the South Pacific. There are 23 hotels in Noumea ranging from one to five stars and over 100 Restaurants.

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