After a week of heavy rain the Kaori River Cascades on the Southern tip of Grande Terre Island in New Caledonia were really pumping. They looked spectactular; a great time to use my little Mavic Air for an aerial shot. Freddy, Flash (our cat) and I walked up to the edge of the cascades and I set up the drone for the image. Just as I began the flight Flash climbed a little tree, fell out, and took off. Freddy went after her. The idea was to have them in the shot to show how huge the cascades are but as I took the sphere image both of them were back in the forest next to the dinghy landing. Sorry about that. You'll just have to come visit yourself to see how spectacular these cascades are.
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.