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全景摄影师 Richard Chesher PRO EXPERT MAESTRO 日期和时间 03:15, 03/03/2011 - Views loading...

Ilot Maitre Marine Reserve New Caledonia Helicopter View

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I was really fortunate that my good friend and helicopter pilot Olivier had the afternoon available to help me with my series of aerial sphere images of New Caledonia's fabulous lagoon. We started our afternoon flight with The Ilot Maite Marine Reserve. This small island and the very big reef around it is only a 15 minute water taxi ride from the hustle and bustle of Noumea. It is one of the very first marine reserves in New Caledonia. When the government declared it a reserve there was already a resort on the island - so the resort is still there and has, I believe, actually helped maintain the protected area.

The resort is designed for minimal environmental impact. Water and Electricity for the resort are supplied from Noumea by underwater conduits and the resort's sewage is pumped through a pipe back to Noumea for treatment. But there is another reason why I believe the resort helps protect the marine creatures - there are lots of people keeping an eye on what goes on around the island and reef so anyone tempted to spear or net some of the happy and friendly fish would be landed themselves pretty quick. The penalty for violation of the park rules is the loss of your boat and equipment plus a fine and possibly even jail time.

The Provincial Government installed moorings so pleasure boats will not drop their anchors and anchor chains onto the coral reefs. As a result, the marine life is spectacularly healthy and happy. In fact, the day before I went flying with Olivier I took an astonishing underwater sphere image nearly under where we hovered the helicopter for this image. You will see an arrow to it but unfortunately the arrow points towards the horizon, not down.

So turn the helicopter sphere image so you can see the overwater bungalows of the Escapade Island Resort, find the 8th bungalow from the wharf and then drag the sphere image straight down - you'll see the big patch reef where I took the snapper school image. While you are there, look all the way down just under the helicopter. The really big fish cruising around that boat are Giant Trevally! If you have a look at the coral reef fish image you'll see a couple of these big fish cruising around the school.

The other interesting story in this photo is that dramatic rain storm over Noumea. You can see the rain bucketing down onto the city and the squall cloud towering into the sky. On hot, summer days gigantic thunderheads build up over the mountains of New Caledonia, reaching right up into the stratosphere. By the afternoon the big billowy clouds gloom over the coast and drench anyone outdoors. But these big clouds rarely move out into the lagoon so the lovely white sand beaches around the lagoon islands are more likely to be drenched in sunlight - a point to remember should you be thinking of spending a summer afternoon at the beach in Noumea.

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A: Coral Reef Fish New Caledonia

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Oh the things we do out of frustration. Yellow snappers, Lutjanus fulviflamma, bunch together in tigh...

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B: Noumea Diving - the Escapade Coral Reef

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This reef is just off the wharf for l'Escapade Island Resort. It is part of the Ilot Maitre Marine Re...

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C: Free diving in New Caledonia - Plongée en Apnée Nouvelle Calédonie

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Free diving in New Caledonia - called Plongée en Apnée in French - is one of the most popular watersp...

Free diving in New Caledonia - Plongée en Apnée Nouvelle Calédonie

D: New Caledonia coral reef reserve

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The coral reefs surrounding Ilot Maitre are part of a marine reserve. Located close to l'Escapade Isl...

New Caledonia coral reef reserve

E: 逍遥游岛度假酒店的珊瑚礁

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栖息在努美阿逍遥游岛度假酒店的珊瑚礁上的鱼类每年都迎来数千名友好的下潜者和浮潜者。它们仿佛知道珊瑚礁位于海洋自然保护区内,没有人会伤害它们似的。 逍遥游岛度假酒店(珊瑚棕榈度假酒店)


F: Snorkelling New Caledonia Escapade Resort Reef

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On Saturday morning Freddy and I snorkelled to the coral reef at l'Escapade Island Resort. The water ...

Snorkelling New Caledonia Escapade Resort Reef

G: Triton Shell Charonia Tritonis New Caledonia

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The Giant Triton shell, Charonia tritonis, is one of the most valuable molluscs on the coral reefs of...

Triton Shell Charonia Tritonis New Caledonia

H: 逍遥游岛珊瑚礁

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在梅特尔岛海洋自然保护区内有一处珊瑚礁,距努美阿仅25分钟的路程。 位于泻湖中的这处珊瑚礁在逍遥游度假酒店的码头浮潜范围之内。 新喀里多尼亚泻湖是世界上最大的泻湖,已被列为世界遗产。梅特尔岛的海洋自然保...


I: Coral Palms Boat Escapade Island Resort New Caledonia

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The Navette Coral Palms makes the trip from Noumea Centre Ville to l'Escapade Island Resort on Ilot M...

Coral Palms Boat Escapade Island Resort New Caledonia

J: Escapade Island Resort Ilot Maitre New Caledonia

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Welcome to l'Escapade Island Resort located on  Ilot Maitre in New Caledonia's World Heritage Site Co...

Escapade Island Resort Ilot Maitre New Caledonia



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