Ua Island is a small, uninhabited island in New Caledonia's southern lagoon. Except during holidays and weekends with very nice weather there is hardly anyone in the entire lagoon area. This underwater sphere image was taken on the fringing coral reef just off the southern end of the island. The reefs are luxurient with a dense network of living corals. The diverse and rich coral reefs of the New Caledonia lagoon is one of the reasons the lagoon was designated as a World Heritage Site in 2008. This photo is one of a collection from the Cruising Guide to New Caledonia - a guide for pleasure yachts to all the anchorages in New Caledonia.