New Caledonia Marine Reserve Ilot Signal
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Panoramic photo by Richard Chesher PRO EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 22:05, 19/06/2008 - Views loading...

New Caledonia Marine Reserve Ilot Signal

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Ilot Signal became a special marine reserve in 1989. It protects the island, the plants, the birds, and the marine life within a 2.4 square kilometre area. Noumea residents can get there in about 20 minutes by power boat, and an hour by sail. On a sunny weekend the park is a very popular place for picnics, sun bathing and snorkelling.

During the week the island is pretty much left to the sea eagles and nesting sea birds. For exact details on boating to Ilot Signal see the Nautical 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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