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Panoramic photo by Richard Chesher PRO EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 05:36, 02/03/2008 - Views loading...

Old Refuge swimming hole

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One of the really nice features of the GR©NC1 trek is the frequent opportunity to plop down into the cool clear mountain streams and sizzle away the heat of hard mountain walking. This swimming hole is on the river that curls by the Ancient Refuge, in the Parc de la Rivière Bleue about one hour after the start of leg 5 of the trek. For details on treks in New Caledonia see the Rocket Guide to New Caledonia.

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This panorama was taken in New Caledonia

This is an overview of New Caledonia

New Caledonia is the closest South Pacific Island to Australia and New Zealand. It is a French Territory and although the official language is French the culture is a blend of Melanesian, European, Polynesian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian, and more. There is one large mountainous island called Grande Terre and 6 smaller islands - the three Loyalty Islands, Belep and the Isle of Pines.

The islands are remarkably unpopulated and there are vast areas of wilderness. There are hundreds of kilometers of walking treks, camp grounds, more than 42 parks and reserves, and crystal clear rivers with sparkling waterfalls. Almost one third of the population is located in the capital city of Noumea. Nickel mining is the primary industry and is the major contributor to the high standard of living in the country. Grande Terre is surrounded by the second largest barrier reef in the world and the protected lagoon created by this barrier reef is the largest in the world. Listed as a World Heritage Site in 2008, the lagoon is 24,000 square kilometers and supports a diverse and luxuriant fauna of fish and invertebrates.

The vibrant, clear and rich colors are one of the first things that visitors notice when they arrive. Noumea has a complete range of hotels, resorts, restaurants, and activities to welcome visitors.

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