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Ouvea St. Joseph Church

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The Church at St. Joseph, on the northern part of Ouvea Atoll, is the largest church on Ouvea. It is just on the edge of the two villages of St. Joseph and Bunaca. This was the venue for the first "Fete du Walei" in July 2009. The young girls in this sphere image are dressed in Green as part of the celebration - a Walei is a Yam - so this is the annual Yam Festival. There are additional sphere images of the celebration close by - just click on the white arrows or the icons for the Fete du Walei. For information on how to attend this festival next year get a copy of the Rocket Travel Guide to New Caledonia

Here is the official Destination Iles Loyalte website on Ouvea, Loyalty Islands

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A: Ouvea Festival Dancers

door Richard Chesher, 410 hier vandaan

The community of Bunaca on Ouvea put on the first annual Yam Festival in July 2009. Bunaca and St. Jo...

Ouvea Festival Dancers

B: Ouvea Walei Yam Festival

door Richard Chesher, 410 hier vandaan

The community of Bunaca on Ouvea put on the first annual Yam Festival in July 2009. The three day fes...

Ouvea Walei Yam Festival

C: Ouvea Island Tour Nemik Shark Nursery

door Richard Chesher, 4.2 hier vandaan

Walk along the pure white sand beach of northern Ouvea to the shark nursery at Nemic. On the way your...

Ouvea Island Tour Nemik Shark Nursery

D: Ouvea Tour Shark Nursery Walk

door Richard Chesher, 4.9 hier vandaan

Antoine uses a stick to draw explanations of shark behavior in the sand and to point out the small da...

Ouvea Tour Shark Nursery Walk

E: Ouvea Lekiny Pass

door Richard Chesher, 30.4 hier vandaan

Ouvea is an atoll made up of many islands. Two of the largest islands, Mouly and Fayaoué, are separat...

Ouvea Lekiny Pass

F: Ouvea Lekiny Cliffs Arrival

door Richard Chesher, 30.5 hier vandaan

Ouvea is an old atoll, tilted up on the southeastern side by a rise in the sea floor over a million y...

Ouvea Lekiny Cliffs Arrival

G: Ouvea Paradis Beach Low Tide

door Richard Chesher, 30.6 hier vandaan

Low tide on the northeastern end of Paradis Beach in Ouvea - a vast expanse of sand rippled by the so...

Ouvea Paradis Beach Low Tide

H: Ouvea Paradis Beach Footprints

door Richard Chesher, 30.6 hier vandaan

Footprints in the sands of paradise, washed clean each tide by the sea.Here is our planet in full spl...

Ouvea Paradis Beach Footprints

I: Ouvea Tour Paradis Beach Surfing

door Richard Chesher, 30.7 hier vandaan

Ouvea is the perfect spot for those who like the surf very small. The calm lagoon water, like the sof...

Ouvea Tour Paradis Beach Surfing

J: Ouvea Paradis Beach Photo

door Richard Chesher, 30.7 hier vandaan

A young couple from France takes their own photo just off the Paradis Beach on the atoll of Ouvea in ...

Ouvea Paradis Beach Photo

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Ouvea Atoll is the northernmost of the four Loyalty Islands. The eastern side of the atoll was uplifted millions of years ago so the whole eastern side forms one long narrow coral island with one of the world's most spectacular white sand beaches along the proctected lagoon.

Ouvea is a 40 minute flight from Noumea, New Caledonia aboard Air Caledonie's new ATR turboprop planes. There is one 4 star Ouvea hotel - the Paradis d'Ouvea - two "Gites" and 6 "tribal stay" accommodation. There are also two managed campsites.

Ouvea is popular with visitors - especially Japanese visitors - primarily because of the breathtaking beauty of the beach, but also because of the clear protected waters and coral reefs that offer great diving, interesting walks and annual festivals to attend.

Two distinct cultural groups live on Ouvea, the Polynesian speaking people of the northern villages and the Melanesian speaking people of the southern villages. All of them also speak French and are French citizens because New Caledonia is part of France.

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