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- Was able to catch up on some editing today #PHEW so here are a few shots from the #IledesPins such a beautiful place to dive such great diversity. We should ALL go on a diving vacay!!!!!! :) ...... Again MERCI kiss kiss to Elisabeth for reaching out and extending the invitation to judge at Sublimage Nouvelle Calédonie for their International Underwater Image Festival of New Caledonia. HUGE HUGE thank you to The President Sylvain for such an amazing week and being a gracious host. Also thank you to Vice President Xavier, Thomas, Claude, Sebastian, Allain, Chantel, Kristin, Cecile, Cecile, Magda, Liv, Francois, Franck, Oliver, Liv's husband and Cecile's husband, Nemoie, Pierre-Emmanuel. I sincerely apologise for forgotten names, all of you have really granted us an experience I /we will forever be grateful for. I have been reminiscing so much today and I still cannot believe all that has happened on a pacific island just 2 hours away. I loved every minute and love the community support, enthusiasm and their love for marine life.
Also thank you to:
@L’Australie en Nouvelle-Calédonie, Polynésie Française et Wallis et Futuna
- Our last day of exploring the #CoralWonderland that surrounds New Caledonia’s #IsleOfPines.
First dive we strolled through the “Jardin d’Eden” and then drifted along the walls and through the valleys of “Mur aux Pouates”. What a fantastic three days of diving with Pierre-Emmanuel and his team from @kuniescubacenter
The reefs here are so delicate and colourful, the undersea landscapes spectacular, the marine life friendly … every dive full of anticipation and wonder.
The whole experience here in #NewCaledonia has been awesome… the @underwaterfestivalnewcaledonia was so incredible, the way it brought together the community to showcase the ocean. Thanks to Elisabeth for reaching out originally, festival President Sylvain and the super Sublimage team for taking the risk of having non-french speakers like us as part of the event. Also to the Australian Consulate team for welcoming us and supporting the festival, @lemeridiennoumea for putting us up in Noumea, @newcaledoniatourism @lemeridieniledespins @air_caledonie for making the post-festival shoot at Ile de Pins a reality. Thomas, Claude, Sebastian and Jasmine were great to work with judging the film and photo competition – I think we made a great Jury!
The NGOs, government departments, schools and students and of course all those who attended the films, panel discussions and presentations… it was all so infectious!
I’m sure we’ll be back in #NewCaledonia soon to explore more of the amazing Natural Park of the Coral Sea.
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- Yesterday we had three EPIC dives here on the Isle of Pines.
First was the most amazing drift along ‘Lorette’ ... one highlight after the next after the next ... fans, fish, towering drop offs, schools, cuttlefish, sea snakes #wowwowwow
Next we explored ‘Grottes de Gadji’ a labyrinth of limestone sea caves- squeezes and chambers, filled with lobsters, fans and fishes, with gorgeous shafts of light penetrating the darkness.
In the afternoon our dive guide Pierre-Emmanuel loaded the van and we set off into the heart of the island. We turned onto a dirt track, and as we progressed thick forest closed in and vegetation began scraping the sides and roof of the van. We pulled up in a small clearing and with tanks on our backs and with cameras, masks, fins and torches in hand, we set off on foot into the forest. A small limestone gully came into view and we left the forest and descended into a subterranean world. We clambered down red mud slopes until we reached a limestone pool at the bottom of the chamber. After final equipment checks we submerged into the black pool, our lights revealing a sunken world of grottos filled with stalagmites and stalactites. The water was in shimmering clines of fresh and salt—infinitely clear, mixing in thicker layers of brine. We explored the details for an hour before ascending firstly to our entry pool then up the muddy slopes to the afternoon light above. Thank you Pierre-Emmanuel for a magical experience.
We’re here iron #NewCaledonia ‘s #Isle of Pines thanks to
#gorgonian #fancoral #pxlexplorer #