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Kitesurf New Caledonia Escapade Ilot Maitre

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Kitesurfing is the rising star of water sports in New Caledonia. On a lovely weekend with a good trade wind blowing hundreds of kitesurfers soar over the world's largest coral reef lagoon. This is a high tech sport and requires training. There are several kite surf schools in Noumea and many of them come to the Ilot Maitre Reserve to teach students. This marine reserve has a special area zoned just for kite and wind surfing, next to l'Escapade Island Resort and extending out over the shallow reef flats to the east of the lagoon island. Because there are no waves on this reef flat, even at high tide, kite and wind surfers can enjoy high speeds without the bumps.

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A: Kitesurfing New Caledonia Escapade Island Resort Noumea

by Richard Chesher, 100 meters away

On a beautiful weekend with brisk SE trade winds the kitesurfers and windsurfers flock to l'Escapade ...

Kitesurfing New Caledonia Escapade Island Resort Noumea

B: l'Escapade Island Resort Reception

by Richard Chesher, 310 meters away

Guests arrive at l'Escapade Island Resort on Ilot Maitre via the 54 passenger, air conditioned ferry ...

l'Escapade Island Resort Reception

C: Escapade Island Resort Noumea Pool New Caledonia

by Richard Chesher, 340 meters away

L'Escapade Island Resort is within the Ilot Maitre Marine Reserve just 25 minutes by boat from Noumea...

Escapade Island Resort Noumea Pool New Caledonia

D: Noumea Dancing Escapade Island Resort

by Richard Chesher, 340 meters away

L'Escapade Island Resort on Ilot Maitre just off the coast of Noumea has a seafood buffet every Satur...

Noumea Dancing Escapade Island Resort

E: Escapade Island Resort Noumea Coral Reef Bubble

by Richard Chesher, 360 meters away

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

F: l'Escapade Island Resort Noumea Pool at Night

by Richard Chesher, 360 meters away

L'Escapade Island Resort is within the Ilot Maitre Marine Reserve just 25 minutes by boat from Noumea...

l'Escapade Island Resort Noumea Pool at Night

G: New Caledonia coral reef reserve

by Richard Chesher, 370 meters away

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

New Caledonia coral reef reserve

H: l'Escapade Island Resort Noumea Pier at Night

by Richard Chesher, 370 meters away

A moonlit walk out on the pier of the L'Escapade Island Resort - you can see Noumea aglow on the hori...

l'Escapade Island Resort Noumea Pier at Night

I: Noumea Resort l'Escapade Coral Reef

by Richard Chesher, 370 meters away

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

Noumea Resort l'Escapade Coral Reef

J: Free diving in New Caledonia - Plongée en Apnée Nouvelle Calédonie

by Richard Chesher, 370 meters away

Free diving in New Caledonia - called Plongée en Apnée in French - is one of the most popular watersp...

Free diving in New Caledonia - Plongée en Apnée Nouvelle Calédonie

This panorama was taken in Noumea

This is an overview of 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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