Happy Holidays from New Caledonia!
Christmas and the holidays are upon us, even here on the islands. Though it still does not seem like Christmas, as it is so warm and decked with plastic Christmas trees, Christmas is indeed fast approaching (as we saw tonight with Santa at his garden).
This Christmas, we will be visiting 2 more islands – Ouvéa and Maré – and hope to write up our stays there in the New Year. We are looking forward to snorkeling, swimming, exploring the caves at Maré, spending time with the locals and learning what we can about the islands.
Though I haven’t been able to write much the last few months, we’ve been to such wonderful places as The Great Fern Park outside Saramea (turn left towards Farino, once your turn off the RT 1 towards Saramea to Le parc des grands fougeres is my first piece of advice – and my second is go for the whole day with a picnic!), Bourail, La Phare Amédée and most recently (again) Ilot Canard (where you will find the best snorkeling – for tropical fish, sharks, rays and turtles – within 5 minutes of Nouméa).
2013 has been very good to us, allowing us to visit different parts of Caledonia, bringing us more and more appreciation for the island and its people.
We hope that 2014 will bring you as much happiness as we’ve had here on the island in 2013 – and more. All the best for a very happy and healthy holiday season – to each and every one of you!