New Caledonia River Dumbea Big Rock Pool
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Panoramic photo by Richard Chesher PRO EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 01:00, 06/12/2009 - Views loading...

New Caledonia River Dumbea Big Rock Pool

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The north branch of New Caledonia's Dumbea River has lots of lovely places to picnic and have a swim. This is one of our favourites with giant rocks providing a shady spot for lunch and a little pool to cool off in. It is just over an hour's walk from the parking area so by the time you arrive you'll be ready to soak in the clear cool water.

For lots more about trekking in New Caledonia get the best travel guide to New Caledonia available.

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I: Dumbea River Reach 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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