Amedee Island and the surrounding coral reefs are a nature reserve and part of the New Caledonia Lagoon World Heritage Site. The fish are friendly and the reefs lovely. You can rent snorkeling gear from the MaryD gift shop walk 20 meters to the beach and in minutes you are floating over a beautiful coral reef surrounded by curious fish. There is also a glass bottom boat for people who prefer to stay dry while oogling the reef. Visitors arrive from Noumea via the fast, modern MaryD Princess or the MaryD Odessy. It's only 10 nautical miles from Noumea so lots of local boats sail or motor out for a day at the beach and on the reef.
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.