New Caledonia was one of the places on Dan’s bucket list, so as soon as he was clear to travel again after recovering from a massive spine operation, we booked our tickets. We have written quite a bit about our experiences in New Caledonia, but now we want to share some of our favourite photographs some this interesting Pacific Island nation.
This statue was next to our favourite beach on Ils de Pins. The totems making up the fence wee one of the most interesting feature, as every one of them had a unique hand carved face and expression.
If you only have a short time to visit New Caledonia, you can still have an island paradise experience even without leaving the capitol of Noumea. Ile aux Canards is a small island just a short taxi boat ride from the city.
The cultural centre is one of the most architecturally interesting places in Noumea. The exhibition in the centre is rather small given it’s size, but the real jewel is the grounds that surround the centre. Traditional buildings and a short garden walk through local flora and fauna are some of the highlights of the cultural centre.
This shot is from inside the Noumea Aquarium. These coral glow in the dark when under UV light.
Some more of the totems from Ils de Pins.
This shot is from the Parc Provincial de Riviere Bleu. The lake here features a drowned forest.
If you are feeling adventurous you can rent a kayak and paddle through the drowned forest.