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Panoramische foto door Richard Chesher PRO EXPERT MAESTRO Genomen 19:26, 16/08/2011 - Views loading...

Weather New Caledonia Grand Lagoon Sud

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When exploring the uncharted waters of the world's largest coral reef lagoon the weather is always a concern; even when anchored in a reasonably well protected location, like the V-shaped "Coude" (Elbow) reef on the southern tip of New Caledonia's Great South Lagoon. None of the New Caledonia reef anchorages are protected from every direction and should the wind shift in the night you could be in serious trouble before dawn. So when I woke up just at sunrise the first thing I did was go on deck to check out what the weather had in store for us. And this is what I saw - we were completely surrounded by rain squalls and towering thunderheads. Fantastic! What a magnificent sky! The dawn colors, a flock of boobies headed back towards the remains of an old wreck on the reef after a night's fishing, and the water just glowed all around us in the dawn light. I don't think I've every enjoyed such menacing looking weather so much. While I was photographing this sphere image the VHF radio weather broadcast came on and told us that it was a lovely day and we could expect light SE winds. Surprisingly, they were right and after these showers passed by the day cleared up beautifully.

  • Chloe Morin 11 months ago
    The sky and the sea are doing a race against the dark, the scene looks so real and this is the race against the sunset.
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    Panorama's in de omgeving van New Caledonia

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    A: Uncharted Wilderness Grand Lagoon Sud

    door Richard Chesher, 120 hier vandaan

    The New Caledonia Lagoon is the largest coral reef lagoon on the planet. The more remote parts of the...

    Uncharted Wilderness Grand Lagoon Sud

    B: Superyacht Slojo Ilot Kouare New Caledonia

    door Richard Chesher, 31.0 hier vandaan

    The crew and owners of the 48 metre long superyacht Slojo watch the sunset after a day of fun and sun...

    Superyacht Slojo Ilot Kouare New Caledonia

    C: Sea Birds New Caledonia Lagoon

    door Richard Chesher, 31.0 hier vandaan

    We saw 5 species of sea birds on Kouare Island in the great southern lagoon of New Caledonia. Ilot Ko...

    Sea Birds New Caledonia Lagoon

    D: Sea Turtle Reserve Beach Ilot Kouare New Caledonia

    door Richard Chesher, 31.1 hier vandaan

    I love sea turtles and we often see them in the New Caledonia lagoon, swimming along doing their curi...

    Sea Turtle Reserve Beach Ilot Kouare New Caledonia

    E: Red and Yellow Octocorals at Ilot Kouare New Caledonia

    door Richard Chesher, 31.1 hier vandaan

    A bright, clear, calm morning at Ilot Kouare in the deep south of the world's largest coral reef lago...

    Red and Yellow Octocorals at Ilot Kouare New Caledonia

    F: World Heritage Site New Caledonia Southern Lagoon

    door Richard Chesher, 31.1 hier vandaan

    Ilot Kouare is a small uninhabited islet in the World Heritage Site of New Caledonia's Lagoon, about ...

    World Heritage Site New Caledonia Southern Lagoon

    G: Coral Patch Reef at Kouare New Caledonia

    door Richard Chesher, 31.3 hier vandaan

    Back in April, when I took the over-underwater sphere image here in Kouare, it was really calm and Fr...

    Coral Patch Reef at Kouare New Caledonia

    H: Underwater Sunlight at Ilot Kouare New Caledonia

    door Richard Chesher, 31.3 hier vandaan

    The small scattered coral islands of New Caledonia's World Heritage Site Lagoon are surrounded by two...

    Underwater Sunlight at Ilot Kouare New Caledonia

    I: Ghost Crabs on Ilot Kouare Beach New Caledonia

    door Richard Chesher, 31.3 hier vandaan

    Ghost crabs, Ocypode ceratophthalmus, on the white sandy beach at Ilot Kouare nature reserve, are rea...

    Ghost Crabs on Ilot Kouare Beach New Caledonia

    J: Great Lagoon Regatta New Caledonia

    door Richard Chesher, 31.5 hier vandaan

    The Great Lagoon Regatta of New Caledonia takes place in May with local and International yachts comp...

    Great Lagoon Regatta 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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