Hienghene La Poule Couveuse
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Panoramic photo by Richard Chesher PRO EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 00:18, 02/11/2008 - Views loading...

Hienghene La Poule Couveuse

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Hienghene is on the northeast coast of Grande Terre, New Caledonia. This is a rugged coastline with astonishing rock formations, including the "Nesting Chicken", la poule couveuse and the sphinx that form the headlands of the Hienghene harbour. For details on anchoring in Hienghene see the Cruising Guide to the Anchorages of New Caledonia.

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B: Flying over Le Bac de la Ouaième

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E: Sunday Morning Sunrise

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F: Sunrise at Tieti Beach

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G: Tieti Beach

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H: The Line Between Bad And Nice Weather

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I: Morning On The Beach

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J: Ponérihouen Bridge

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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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