Ilot Mato South Lagoon New Caledonia
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Ilot Mato South Lagoon New Caledonia

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Ilot Mato is in the southern part of the largest coral reef lagoon in the world. It is part of the New Caledonian World Heritage Site and provides a protected coral reef anchorage for pleasure boats on most weekends.  There is a small trail leading to the top of the 40 metre high island giving a view of the anchorage and the matrix of coral reefs. The Nautical Cruising Guide to New Caledonia provides complete information on the anchorage at Ilot Mato.

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A: Ospreys Ilot Mato New Caledonia

di Richard Chesher, 170 metri di distanza

A family of ospreys (Pandion haliaetus melvillensis) live on Ilot Mato in the great south lagoon of N...

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B: Finding Nemo in New Caledonia

di Richard Chesher, 340 metri di distanza

There's this colony of clownfish that lives just on the crest of the fringing reef at Mato. Two speci...

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C: New Caledonia Shark - Underwater Panorama of a Leopard Shark Stegostoma Fasciatum

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D: World Heritage Site New Caledonia Lagoon Coral Reef Batfish Platax Teira

di Richard Chesher, 350 metri di distanza

About 40 km southeast of Noumea Ilot Mato Anchorage marks the entrance into the vast southern coral r...

World Heritage Site New Caledonia Lagoon Coral Reef Batfish Platax Teira

E: Symbiosis in the Blue Lagoon, New Caledonia

di Richard Chesher, 370 metri di distanza

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Symbiosis in the Blue Lagoon, New Caledonia

F: New Caledonia Anchorage Aerial Panorama

di Richard Chesher, 470 metri di distanza

New Caledonia Anchorage Aerial PanoramaThis New Caledonia Anchorage sphere image was taken from a kit...

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G: Giant Trevally Welcome New Caledonia

di Richard Chesher, 490 metri di distanza

Giant Trevally, Caranx ignobilis, are big, smart, curious fish. Freddy and I nick-named this one Pose...

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H: Massive Ancient Coral Head New Caledonia

di Richard Chesher, 500 metri di distanza

Massive corals, like this 6 meter sphere of Porites, grow between 5 to 10mm per year making this one ...

Massive Ancient Coral Head New Caledonia

I: Bird Fish Feeding Frenzy New Caledonia

di Richard Chesher, 550 metri di distanza

A school of anchovies swarms together, forming a scintillating mass attacked from above and below in ...

Bird Fish Feeding Frenzy New Caledonia

J: Summer Calm in the New Caledonia Lagoon

di Richard Chesher, 590 metri di distanza

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Questo panorama è stato scattato in New Caledonia

Questa è una vista generale di 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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