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Panoramische foto door Richard Chesher PRO EXPERT MAESTRO Genomen 21:39, 13/12/2008 - Views loading...

New Caledonia underwater panorama Ilot Mbo

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In 2008 the shallow coral reef on the eastern side of Ilot Mbo was alive and thriving. This underwater micro-panoramic image is in only 2 metres of water, with the camera hovering in a small sandy bottomed pocket in the labyrinth of living coral colonies.

When I first arrived the whole area was teeming with fish but people still spearfish in this area and the fish knew all about divers - and took off as fast as they could fin.

For complete information on this anchorage in New Caledonia's lagoon, get your copy of the cruising gudie to New Caledonia.

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A: Red Sea Fan, Octopus and Ilot Mbe Kouen

door Richard Chesher, 2.3 hier vandaan

Ilot Mbe Kouen is a miniscule dot of white sand with a touch of green and a solitary palm tree; just ...

Red Sea Fan, Octopus and Ilot Mbe Kouen

B: Areal Lagoon Isle Mbe Kouen

door Richard Chesher, 2.5 hier vandaan

Ilot Mbe Kouen is a little island just inside the New Caledonia Great Barrier Reef. In fact, if you l...

Areal Lagoon Isle Mbe Kouen

C: Deserted Island Beach New Caledonia Mbe Kouen

door Richard Chesher, 2.7 hier vandaan

Now here is your iconic deserted island. A spec of sand with one solitary palm tree (still not very g...

Deserted Island Beach New Caledonia Mbe Kouen

D: Coral Reef Garden New Caledonia Mbe

door Richard Chesher, 2.8 hier vandaan

Ilot Mbe Kouen is just 12 nautical miles west of Noumea, New Caledonia. It is a tiny lagoon islet - m...

Coral Reef Garden New Caledonia Mbe

E: Triton eating starfish New Caledonia

door Richard Chesher, 3.0 hier vandaan

The Triton Shell, Charonia tritonis, is one of the most valuable and famous sea shells in the world. ...

Triton eating starfish New Caledonia

F: New Caledonia Coral Reef Diversity

door Richard Chesher, 3.0 hier vandaan

This is a lush, thriving coral reef near Ilot Mbe Kouen, just inside of New Caledonia's Great Barrier...

New Caledonia Coral Reef Diversity

G: Crown of Thorns starfish Acanthaster planci New Calledonia

door Richard Chesher, 5.4 hier vandaan

The Crown of Thorns Starfish, Acanthaster planci, is one of the largest starfish found on the coral r...

Crown of Thorns starfish Acanthaster planci New Calledonia

H: New Caledonia Marine Reserve Ilot Signal

door Richard Chesher, 8.4 hier vandaan

Ilot Signal became a special marine reserve in 1989. It protects the island, the plants, the birds, a...

New Caledonia Marine Reserve Ilot Signal

I: Ilot Signal Marine Reserve New Caledonia

door Richard Chesher, 8.7 hier vandaan

Ilot Signal, also called Ilot Te Ndu, is part of the Southern Lagoon park, a network of protected mar...

Ilot Signal Marine Reserve New Caledonia

J: Stromatolites New Caledonia

door Richard Chesher, 9.5 hier vandaan

Stromatolites are cyanobacterial reefs - one of the oldest forms of visible life on our planet. Fossi...

Stromatolites New Caledonia

Dit panorama is genomen in New Caledonia

Dit is een overzicht van 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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