New Caledonia does colour too
The colour films arrived back - eventually - and here are a couple. These were both taken on the Île des Pins - same day in fact - and perfectly illustrate, I feel, why that island in particular is such a spellbinding place. Especially on such a lovely day, which we were lucky to get.
The top snap shows the Bay in front of the resort we were staying where Sue and I had only a bit earlier spent a happy few hours paddling in kayaks, making our way out to the blue water around to the left of the point there and then letting the faint swell drift us back in, all the while hearing the sounds of nothing except for the almost imperceptible roar outside the bay and the gentle rippling of water lapping against the kayaks.
The second is at the natural swimming pool which is the main reason for venturing away from our local bay to the Baie d'Oro at the northern end of the island. We both snorkelled there and the cliche developed that it is like snorkeling in a fantastic tropical aquarium. Everything from clownfish to rather large Trevally - they often get reef sharks and angel rays there as well apparently. We actually snorkelled right into and through a massive school of what looked like whitebait. The water, as you see, is absolutely as clear as crystal and just teeming with life. Our new Swiss friend was kind enough to share some bread with us so we could help feed the ravenous fish, as well as being kind enough to be in our pictures.
Ah, yes, the Île des Pins. Definitely somewhere to aspire one day to return.