Diving New Caledonia Amedee Island
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Panoramabild av Richard Chesher PRO EXPERT MAESTRO Tagen 00:01, 16/06/2009 - Views loading...

Diving New Caledonia Amedee Island

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Diving in New Caledonia's lagoon is an extraordinary experience - using SCUBA or just snorkelling. My wife and I took a day trip aboard the MaryD to Amedee Island, undoubtedly the very best excursion I've had anywhere. Amedee Island is about a 40 minute run from Noumea on the high speed MaryD. It's just on the inner edge of New Caledonia's Barrier Reef. The island and the surrounding waters are all part of a huge natural lagoon reserve and included in the World Heritage Site as one of our planet's most diverse and vibrant coral reef ecosystems.

Well, this underwater sphere image certainly supports that World Heritage Site designation. This photo was taken, mind you, only a short flipper away from the white sand beach, the historic lighthouse, and an incredible BBQ lunch complete with Polynesian dancing. It's only about 3 meters deep where I took the photo (holding my breath). I have never seen so many fish of so many different kinds all in one place before. We'll be back!

  • aurelie 11 months ago
    magnifique :)
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    Närliggande bilder i New Caledonia

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    A: Amedee Coral Reef New Caledonia

    av Richard Chesher, 20 meter bort

    Amedee island is a special marine reserve within the 24,000 kim² coral reef lagoon of New Caledonia. ...

    Amedee Coral Reef New Caledonia

    B: MaryD Snorkeling at Amedee Island

    av Richard Chesher, 70 meter bort

    Amedee Island and the surrounding coral reefs are a nature reserve and part of the New Caledonia Lago...

    MaryD Snorkeling at Amedee Island

    C: Amedee Sea Turtle Heritage

    av Richard Chesher, 110 meter bort

    This sphere image is a memory bubble enriched with an ocean of appreciation.The warm, clear, calm lag...

    Amedee Sea Turtle Heritage

    D: Sea Turtles Chelonia mydas Amedee New Caledonia

    av Richard Chesher, 150 meter bort

    Sea turtles are fascinating creatures. I've photographed quite a few over the years - like this one -...

    Sea Turtles Chelonia mydas Amedee New Caledonia

    E: Amedee Island Marine Reserve New Caledonia

    av Richard Chesher, 160 meter bort

    This helicopter sphere image shows Amedee Island Marine Reserve in the New Caledonia. It sits on the ...

    Amedee Island Marine Reserve New Caledonia

    F: Amedee Lighthouse MaryD

    av Richard Chesher, 200 meter bort

    The lighthouse at Amedee island in New Caledonia is a famous landmark and the very best day trip for ...

    Amedee Lighthouse MaryD

    G: Amedee Lighthouse Top

    av Richard Chesher, 230 meter bort

    This is the view from the top of the lighthouse at Amedee island in New Caledonia. The lighthouse is ...

    Amedee Lighthouse Top

    H: Noumea day trip Mary D Amedee Island

    av Richard Chesher, 250 meter bort

    If you have just one free day in Noumea and want to take the best day trip available, call the MaryD ...

    Noumea day trip Mary D Amedee Island

    I: Marine Reserve New Caledonia Ilot Goelands

    av Richard Chesher, 14.9 km bort

    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

    J: Ilot Maitre New Caledonia Coral Reef Reserve

    av Richard Chesher, 15.9 km bort

    During calm spells the southern section of the coral reef at Ilot Maitre marine reserve offers specta...

    Ilot Maitre New Caledonia Coral Reef Reserve

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    Detta är en översikt av 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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