Where to Visit When Holidaying in the South Pacific
AMEDEE ISLAND - New Caledonia
Ever wanted to lay back on a beautiful tropical beach and let the sun drench you in its rays?
If the answer is yes, then read on.
I am a person that is particularly partial to a cruise holiday. Luckily for me, I had the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful natural locations on earth, whilst on my most recent cruise to the South Pacific. This location was Amedee Island.
This protected nature reserve, complete with a vast array of tropical fish, turtles and a healthy number of reef snakes, is a real wonder to behold.
I was able to visit it through a tour offered as part of my Royal Caribbean cruise to the South Pacific. A Mary D tour is basically the only way to visit this location unless you own a yacht. This limit on who has access has ensured that the splendour of this location has been maintained as the company has taken all steps to minimise their footprint, whilst offering complete access to the location.
After a 40-minute cruise on one of Mary D's beautiful boats from the port of Noumea, you are given an opportunity to be immersed in this beautiful and unspoiled location.
Amedee Island is an island of untouched beauty, one foot onto the white sandy beach and one could be forgiven for having an almost spiritual experience.
The azure waters are protected by a pristine coral reef that circles around this protected marine reserve creating waters that are free from current allowing even the least confident swimmer the opportunity to explore the waters with worry or fear. Once you get the opportunity to swim with the many turtles all thoughts and concern will likely leave your mind as they did for me.
The snorkelling is absolutely amazing, with countless fish of different varieties including a few clown fish for those with a keen eye and a fondness for the Finding Nemo movies.
Stepping off of the boat, one glances to the islands' shore from the jetty. A lighthouse shoots up into the sky, a white monolith from an island covered in beautiful green palms and lush undergrowth.
As you walk to the shores, you have the sense that each person that feels the sand underfoot is instantly changed... They have found exactly what they were looking for when they first started planning this vacation. This is the kind of place worth paying a little extra to visit because you are getting a truly unique and authentic experience to treasure. you will know what I mean when you get there.
The warm sand greets you, it has no expectations of you, it just waits and envelops your toes in a warm hug.
To your left you see a rock wall that juts from the islands sheltering waters, waters so clear that you can barely believe that they are real. To your right, you see more water with coral and formations and fish appraising the dive boats in anticipation of a little snack.
The path most travelled, it is. The water is warm and lacks any sensation of a current that you would normally feel in the ocean, this gives you a chance to leisurely enjoy your surrounds. The first thing you do is drop into the water and float on your back, soaking in the experience of letting the water and the sun wash over you. A snorkel set is a must... so much to see here.
The natural beauty of Amedee island is only made more enjoyable by the feast and festivities that are put on for guests. A buffet of finely cooked meats and seafood are accompanied by a lovely selection of salads, these are the real highlights that are further highlighted by a very tasty fruit punch (watch yourself, she has a kick), and bottles of Bordeaux red wine.
After everyone has eaten the show begins where you get to watch a group of extremely talented ladies put on a dance with the backing music supplied by a pretty cool bunch of dudes with some instruments.
I can't fully put into words just how beautiful this location is, but I will say this make sure you take a camera, A GoPro or a waterproof Sony Cybershot like what I used is the best and will make sure that you capture all of the action with ease, I found the image quality to be fantastic and it beautifully captured the colours of the coral and the wildlife, whilst being basically a point and shoot camera so that you don't just have to live it through the lens which can happen with the bigger cameras out there.
Leaving the island was a time for reflection. Reflection on the day that we all had.
It was also a time for us to all take some time and chat about our day and our individual experiences. For some, it was a massive day that was accompanied by an equally massive nap on the way home.
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