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Bokissa Private Island Resort Coral Reef 5
Melanesia

Just off the southeast coast of Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu,  Bokissa Private Island Resort has set aside all of the island (except for the immediate resort grounds) and surrounding the marine areas as a protected nature reserve. The owners and guests treasure the natural beauty of the coral reefs and the rain forest.

This is one of a series of coral reef sphere images that I took in February of 2008. It was a real challenge as I am a coral reef biologist and wanted to be able to record the beauty of the living coral reefs. People talk (and talk) about the continuing decline of the coral reefs but often the general public thinks this is a problem for the future. But it has been happening for a long time and I have personally witnessed this decline in the 55 years I have been an active diver. Reefs like this one are to be cherished and protected - and photographed so people in the future can see what our tropical seas once looked like and ponder the depths of our current environmental stupidity.

Underwater scenic images have always been a problem because of the limited visibility. Even wide angle fish-eye photos don't convey the charm and mystique of diving on vibrantly alive coral reefs. The sphere images at last capture the beauty of the coral reefs in an interactive way - so when you look straight down it really does give the "feeling" of seeing the corals just like you were viewing them in person through your face mask - neither distorted grotesquely by a fish-eye lens or limited in where you can look. For a high resolution virtual tour of Vanuatu from space to the coral reefs, take the Rocket Guide to Vanuatu. Visit www.bokissa.com for more information on the resort.

Copyright: Richard chesher
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 8721x4360
上传: 13/03/2009
更新: 23/05/2014
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Tags: bokissa private island resort; underwater coral reef sphere; vanuatu coral reef; diving resort vanuatu; dive santo; coral reef santo; santo vanuatu; underwater; diving; snorkeling; dive
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More About Melanesia

Melanesia is a term describing Pacific islands inhabited by black skinned people. It includes the islands of the Torres Straits, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji. The long chain of islands is highly volcanic and is also known as the "ring of fire". The people who inhabited these rugged volcanic islands thousands of years ago established small isolated village communities that persist to this day.The communities are genetically and linguistically diverse, with over 400 languages, often as different from one another as French is from Russian.  People sharing the same language are known as "one talks" and are considered extended family (which they are). Although culturally and linguistically diverse, Melanesian people share a common bond in a sense of identity with their island. The people of the island of Tikopea, for example, speak of themselves as "we the Tikopea" a term that encompasses the people,  island, trees, gardens, and coral reefs as one living entity. Melanesians are masters at social harmony. You can understand why they have to be when you consider that 90 percent of them live in small, very isolated villages that have been in exactly the same location for thousands of years. Melanesians tend to stay where they were born until they die - generation after generation. If they failed to achieve social harmony they would not survive long. A person unable to "adapt" was (and still can be) banished from the village. Until the mid 1900's this usually was a death sentence as the concept of social harmony generally extended just to the boundary of the tribal lands and inter-tribal warfare and cannibalism was common. Melanesia is one of the few places on our planet where one can see truly ancient custom dances and rituals performed with utter sincerity and cultural importance.  Almost all of the Melanesian people are Christians but there are many who are Muslims and still a few who cling to their custom religions. But even dressed up in Christian clothes, their spirits remain one with their ancestors and their land. It is a fascinating part of our world, rich in powerful images.