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Ilot Mato Coral Reef Pass
New Caledonia

Coral Reef passes are lined with a vibrant assembly of living corals, crinoids, sponges, and other creatures feeding on the continual flow of plankton laden sea water served up by tidal currents. There are also lots of fish, turtles and sharks in these passes. Ilot Mato is part of the Great Southern Lagoon World Heritage Site. The lagoon island itself in inhabited by a wealth of sea birds and from time to time (especially on weekends and holidays) the coral-protected island lagoon is inhabited with pleasure yachts from Noumea and distant countries.

Copyright: Richard Chesher
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 12848x6424
Taken: 28/09/2011
Uploaded: 16/12/2016
Updated: 19/12/2016
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Tags: world heritage site; new caledonia; lagoon; coral reef; reef pass; snorkeling; diving; unesco; park; recreation
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More About 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.