Posts tagged island

Feb 10

South Island, New Zealand

43º54’10″S 170º39’94″E

When all at once I find myself in the unexpected presence of beauty, I am totally unprepared for this beauty, without memory or sentiment, floating free for an instant from he mind’s inevitable attachments.

Sep 09


Port Vila, Efate island, Vanuatu 17º44’38″S 168º18’73″E


Port Vila local market at night, Vanuatu.
Port Vila is the capital and largest city of Vanuatu. Situated on the south coast of the island of Efate, in Shefa Province.Port Vila is the economic and commercial centre of Vanuatu .The population is around 38,000; predominately Melanesian, with small Polynesian, Asian, Australian and European populations, namely French and British.
Bislama is spoken by everyone as the day-to-day language. In addition, English and French are also widespread. Other Indigenous languages are also spoken in the city.

Jul 09

Japanese Zero

Deboyne Island, louisiade Archipalego, Papua New Guinea 10º43’69″S 152º23’70″E

On May 8, 1942 one A6M2 Zero piloted by PO2c Okura Shigeru from the 14th Shotai from the Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku ditched at Deboyne islands. Japanese A6M2 Zero, the main fighter plane of the Imperial Japanese Navy,this Japanese fighter plane, once a master of the air in the South Pacific arena, now lies on the sandy bottom.  This is an example of the very last zero model ever manufactured.  Virtually intact, divers can sit in the cockpit and pilot themselves back into the past… I did it!

Jul 09

Panasia Island

Louisiade Archipelago, Papua New Guinea 11º08’10″S 152º20’84″E


Panasia is a spectacular island of uplifted coral reef making jagged limestone cliffs in the Louisiade Archipelago.
The Louisiade Archipelago is a string of ten larger volcanic islands frequently fringed by coral reefs, and 90 smaller coral islands located 200 km southeast of New Guinea, stretching over more than 160 km and spread over an ocean area of 26,000 km between the Solomon Sea to the north and the Coral Sea to the south.

Local elderly woman with a stick in a fishermen village at Panasia Island.

Jul 09

Catch of the day

Louisiade Archipalego, Papua New Guinea 11º08’80″S 152º41’64″E


“Pacific Natives may appear to some to be the most wretched people upon Earth, but in reality they are far more happier than we Europeans; being wholly unacquainted not only with the superfluous but the necessary Conveniences so much sought after in Europe, they are happier in not knowing them. They live in a Tranquillity which is not disturbed by the Inequality of Conditions. The Earth and Sea of their own accord furnishes them with all things necessary for life, they covet not Magnificent House, Household-stuff &c, they live in a warm and fine Climate and enjoy a very wholesome Air, so that they have very little need of Clothing and this they seem to be very sensible of, for many of whom we gave Cloth &c to, left it carelessly upon the Sea beach and in the Woods as a thing they had no manner of use for. In short they seem’d to set no Value upon anything of their own for any one article we could offer them; this in my opinion argues that they think themselves provided with all the necessary’s of life and that they have no superfluities.”

James Cook (October 27, 1728 – February 14, 1779) was a British explorer and navigator. He made three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, in which its main shorelines were discovered.
Captain Cook’s Journal during his first voyage round the world made in H.M. Bark “Endeavour” 1768-71

Nothing’s changed since…

Jul 09

Papuan Canoe

Louisiade Archipelago, Papua New Guinea 11º15’56″S 153º12’35″E


In Papua New Guinea, a canoe is like a car; it provides transportation and more. Canoes are traditionally decorated with clan symbols and other emblems of power to insure speed and success. A canoe with a beautiful prow has status and power. Childrens on a outrigger canoe in the village of Hessessai Bay at PanaTinai (Panatinane) island in the Louisiade Archipelago in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.

Jun 09

Fayaoué, Ouvéa

Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia 20º39’48″S 166º32’30″E


Ouvéa is a commune in the Loyalty Islands Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The settlement of Fayaoué, on Ouvéa Island, is the administrative centre of the commune of Ouvéa.Ouvéa is made up of Ouvéa Island, the smaller Mouli Island and Faiava Island, and several islets around these three islands. All these lie among the Loyalty Islands, to the northeast of New Caledonia’s mainland.Ouvéa Island is one of the Loyalty Islands, in the archipelago of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island is part of the commune (municipality) of Ouvéa, in the Islands Province of New Caledonia.
The Loyalty Islands (French: Îles Loyauté) are an archipelago in the Pacific. They are part of the French territory of New Caledonia, whose mainland is 100 km (62 mi) away. They form the Loyalty Islands Province (province des îles Loyauté), one of the three provinces of New Caledonia. The first Western contact on record is attributed to the British Captain William Raven from the London trading ship Britannia, who in 1793 was on his way from Norfolk Island to Batavia. It is very likely however that the discovery and naming of the islands goes back to the London ship Loyalty (also Loyalist, Jethro Daggett master), being on a South Sea trading voyage from 1789 till 1790.The archipelago consists of six inhabited islands: Lifou Island, Maré Island, Tiga Island, Ouvéa Island, Mouli Island, and Faiava Island, as well as several smaller uninhabited islands and islets. Mister Ohmoou Waibo Felix wood carver inside his house in the Fayaoue village on the Ouvea island in the Loyalty islands, he was my guide for my timeless promenades



Jun 09

Breton Flag

Ouvea, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia 20º38’05″S 166º31’43″E

My Breton Flag offered by my parents been all around the Pacific Ocean with me.

Jun 09

Catamaran Aground

Prony Bay, New Caledonia 22°22'50"S 166°54'90"E

Oups!! Early in the morning a 60 feet catamaran Ginninderra run aground on a reef at Prony Bay situated in the South of New Caledonia, between the Havannah and Woodin canals, which separate it from Ile Ouen.

Jun 09

Oro Bay

New Caledonia 22º35’99″S 167º31’67″E


Water view of the beautiful natural swimming pool out of the coral limestone surrounded by Araucaria pines. Reached by sea on foot along a small narrow path and truly out of this world, Oro Bay boasts two superb beaches of incredibly fine white sand, crystal water. Eighty kilometres south-east of Noumea lies the enchanting Isle of Pines (14 km wide, 18 km long) a place where time seems to stand still in an idyllic setting of white beaches under swaying palms and soaring Araucaria pines.”Kunié “, as it is still called by the inhabitants, is as beautiful under water as it is on land and a favourite spot for divers.The Isle of Pines (French: Île des Pins; Kanak name: Kunyié) is an island located in the Pacific Ocean, in the archipelago of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France. The island is part of the commune (municipality) of L’Île-des-Pins, in the South Province of New Caledonia. The Isle of Pines is often nicknamed l’île la plus proche du paradis (“the closest island to Paradise”).