Mbe Kouen

Mbe Kouen, New Caledonia, South Pacific, May 2021

Some pics from our recent stay at Mbe Kouen, a tiny, deserted islet in the southern part of the big new Caledonian lagoon.

The sandy beach of the islet grows at lowering tide, offering more space for pumping up the kite when the wind sings for some play.

As fun it is to be powered by the wind, my passion and curiosity for the marine life always brings me back beneath the waves…

Over the past 240 million years, coral reefs have evolved into one of the largest and most complex ecosystems on the planet. I feel so much awe and wonder when visiting these amazingly beautiful marine habitats.

The reef systems of New Caledonia are considered to be the second largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. 

This 1600km long New Caledonian barrier reef encloses the largest lagoon in the world, a lagoon of 24,000 square kilometres containing many tiny, deserted islets and coral reefs. 

A truly amazing place to be and so much to explore and admire.

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