From Lagoon To Mangrove

South Lagoon, New Caledonia, South Pacific, January 2021

From reefs and islands in the lagoon to sheltered bays and mangroves. Within an area of only some few nautical miles, we have, during the past few weeks, explored a great variety of beauty and habitats. 



How much I adore to pay attention to the many, fascinating “mini-worlds” there are to be found in local places.



From beauty in grey to calming blue...

The pictures in this blogpost are from our recent time scouting our current close-by neighbourhood in the southern part of New Caledonia.



Here, in the bays and the fauna rich lagoon, our nearby residents consists of a great variety of fish, rays, reef sharks and sea turtles. 



For each place we go, we get new, exciting next-door neighbours that seem to appreciate the shelter of the boat as much as we do!











Sweet Salty Lagoon

South Lagoon, New Caledonia, South Pacific, December 2020

How sweet to finally be floating after months of work in the dusty boatyard. I'm pretty sure the boat is happy too as it has been years since last time she felt the ocean touch on the haul ;-)


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It feels extra exciting now when we are able to test the boat in the water as this is our first time among the waves with her.




And yes, best place to test and get familiar with the boat and her various capabilities is out on the blue lagoon! 





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Our first spot to explore by boat, in the southern lagoon of New Caledonia, is a marine reserve where the small island and its surrounding reef has been protected since 1989.




Always so good to see the positive effects marine protected areas have on the environment and its numerous inhabitants. 


When jumping into the salty, blue surrounding we are soon joined by several fearless green sea turtles, white tipped reef sharks and plenty species of fish in various sizes, shapes and colours. 



Feels both good and needed with some rest and pleasure time now, before continuing working on the improvements we want to do on the boat, as there is still plenty tasks waiting for us to get her in the state we wish. Boat-work will be much more pleasant now though when afloat and just a small plunge away from the fauna rich lagoon.













 

Time For Launch

Numbo, New Caledonia, South Pacific, November 2020

Our “new” floating castle “Tourment d´Amour” has undergone a lot of work and repairs for most of 2020…




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Now, after many months on dry dock, we are ready for the water!



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Although there are still several projects left to do on the boat, it will be incredibly cozy to be cherished by the sizzling sea again.




 

Wild Dolphins At Diver´s Island Kalymnos



Flashback to the sponge diver´s island, Kalymnos, in Greece one year ago, where we were filming wild dolphins coming to fish farms seeking food and company from the divers working at the aquaculture.

Thanks so much to our friend Mihalis at Diver´s Island scuba diving center for introducing us to his adorable dolphin friends! 

More from our various dives around Kalymnos is shown in our new documentary "How intelligent are dolphins -really" which is currently available on SVT-play, within Sweden, until 25th of February 2021.


Steady Dry Dock Living

 

Numbo, New Caledonia, South Pacific, October 2020

In a smaller, local village, not far from the capital of New Caledonia, we currently live on a very steady boat…

Life on dry dock guarantees no seasickness! ;-)





While the southern hemisphere´s summer heat slowly starts to show its presence, we keep on working on our new life companion to get her ready for a salty living among the waves again.



Even though she is sea worthy as is, we like to give this 12 meter aluminium lady a well deserved fresh start of her second life. 



Built in 1986, with the past few years spent on the dry, there is still plenty to do to get “Tourment d´Amour” in a “ship top shape” ;-)