A view from the lighthouse in the national park at Bonne Anse: a typical picture for New Caldeonia. There are thousands of little islands with white sandy beaches and a reef around them.
By the way: new Caledonia has the second largest Barriere Reef in the world. Over 1000 km long.
I took a picture of an aerial picutre showing the southern part of „mainland" New Caledoniy. The first bay on the bottom is Bonne Anse.
Here in New Caldonia they are quite friendly with checking in so that most sailors who arrive spend the first day at anchor somewhere to relax and then go to Noumea to check in. We will do the same. We spent the day at anchorage today, did a wonderful little hike to a spectacular look-out and we will continue our trip to Noumea tomorrow morning. You can see the French influence already without having sen a person: marked hiking paths, look-outs, observatories, information boards. You do not find this anywhere in Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu - and not even French Polynesia.
Off we go to sleep (again). I had (have) diarrea now (it showed up on the first night of the crossing so I did not have such a great time), I need lots of sleep....
radio email processed by SailMail
for information see: http://www.sailmail.com