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Prony Windmill

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A: New Caledonia History Prony Jail

by Richard Chesher, 4.4 km away

In the late 1867 Captain Hippolyte Sebert founded the Village of Prony to begin the work of cutting t...

New Caledonia History Prony Jail

B: New Caledonia Flowers Heliconia Prony Village Ruins

by Richard Chesher, 4.6 km away

The ruins of a prison colony in Prony, New Caledonia are overgrown with Banyon tree roots. This Helic...

New Caledonia Flowers Heliconia Prony Village Ruins

C: New Caledonia History Prony Poudriere

by Richard Chesher, 4.6 km away

In the late 1800's the French set up a prison colony in the Baie du Prony, New Caledonia. The prisone...

New Caledonia History Prony Poudriere

D: River Rapids Rock Sphere New Caledonia

by Richard Chesher, 4.9 km away

There are a couple of mysteries about this sphere image. One mystery I know the answer to (but you do...

River Rapids Rock Sphere New Caledonia

E: Swimming in New Caledonia Rivers

by Richard Chesher, 5.2 km away

Swimming in the rivers of New Caledonia in the heat of a mid-summer day is right there next to paradi...

Swimming in New Caledonia Rivers

F: Rivier Bleue Prony New Caledonia

by Richard Chesher, 5.2 km away

The Riviere Bleue de Prony is one of the delightful stops on the GR1-NC trek from Prony to Dumbea. Th...

Rivier Bleue Prony New Caledonia

G: Fish Attack New Caledonia Blue River Prony

by Richard Chesher, 5.2 km away

The fresh water fish in this wonderful swimming hole on the NC-GR1 walking track in New Caledonia are...

Fish Attack New Caledonia Blue River Prony

H: New Caledonia Nickel Mine 50 years later

by Richard Chesher, 5.2 km away

In the 1950's the western shores of the Baie du Prony in New Caledonia was strip mined for nickel and...

New Caledonia Nickel Mine 50 years later

I: New Caledonia-GR1 Carenage River Overlook

by Richard Chesher, 5.3 km away

The New Caledonia Grand Route 1 (NC-GR1) is a walking trail that goes from Baie de la Somme in the so...

New Caledonia-GR1 Carenage River Overlook

J: New Caledonia Waterhole

by Richard Chesher, 5.3 km away

This sphere image was taken with my GoPro Hero3, stuck on the handle of my walking stick. I just rota...

New Caledonia Waterhole

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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