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I've looked at a lot of rivers in my life and have never seen river water so clear as in New Caledonia Rivers. Each time I go treking along the New Caledonia Rivers I'm amazed and delighted again to be able to see what must have been the natural state of rivers before humanity muddied and silted them almost everywhere else.
This Memory Bubble was taken on the 5th leg of the GR©NC1, towards the end of the day. After a long walk there is nothing better than to stop for a swim in the clear headwaters of the Riviere Bleue, near the Refuge des Tristaniopsis in the Parc de la Riviere Bleue.
This is the last stop on the GRNC1 trek before starting on the two to three day journey over the mountains to Dumbea River. A park bus (cars are not allowed in this part of the park) makes several trips per day to the Refuge from the entrance to the Park. For more information on the GR©1NC and the Parc de la Riviere Bleue, check out the Rocket Guide to New Caledonia travel guide.
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.