Pontoon New Caledonia Coral Reef
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Pontoon New Caledonia Coral Reef

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l'escapade island resort snorkelling

12 nautical miles west of Noumea there is a pontoon with underwater viewing ports and a swimming platform anchored on the inner edge of New Caledonia's Barrier Reef. The water is marvellously clear. 5 meters from the edge of the pontoon is a huge patch reef rich in living corals and alive with friendly tropical fish.

What a pleasure to find fish that follow you around and smile when you point the camera at them. Everywhere else, where human predators lurk, even the smallest fish vanish the second you turn to look at them. At the pontoon, as at the Marine Reserves at l'Escapade Island Resort, Ile aux Canards and Amedee Island, thousands of visitors have made friends with the fish so when a snorkeller flops into the water the fish either ignore them or come over to smile, do some friendly little dancing and comic poses for the camera.

  • Nick Hobgood 11 months ago
    AWESOME!!! You are my inspiration to attempt UW panoramas.
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    Panorama's in de omgeving van New Caledonia

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    A: Ilot Signal Marine Reserve New Caledonia

    door Richard Chesher, 7.4 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

    B: New Caledonia Marine Reserve Ilot Signal

    door Richard Chesher, 7.8 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

    C: New Caledonia Coral Reef Diversity

    door Richard Chesher, 9.2 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

    D: Coral Reef Garden New Caledonia Mbe

    door Richard Chesher, 9.2 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: Deserted Island Beach New Caledonia Mbe Kouen

    door Richard Chesher, 9.2 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

    F: Triton eating starfish New Caledonia

    door Richard Chesher, 9.2 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

    G: Areal Lagoon Isle Mbe Kouen

    door Richard Chesher, 9.4 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

    H: Red Sea Fan, Octopus and Ilot Mbe Kouen

    door Richard Chesher, 9.4 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

    I: New Caledonia underwater panorama Ilot Mbo

    door Richard Chesher, 11.5 hier vandaan

    In 2008 the shallow coral reef on the eastern side of Ilot Mbo was alive and thriving. This underwate...

    New Caledonia underwater panorama Ilot Mbo

    J: Marine Reserve New Caledonia Ilot Goelands

    door Richard Chesher, 14.0 hier vandaan

    Ilot aux Goelands is a tiny lagoon island surrounded by a large shallow reef flat. The island is clos...

    Marine Reserve New Caledonia Ilot Goelands

    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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