Amazing Quest: Stories from New Caledonia | Somewhere on Earth: New Caledonia

Jul 11, 2023 | Environmental, Videos

Welcome to the world of New Caledonia, an extraordinary strip of land surrounded by long barrier reefs and the unfathomable Pacific Ocean. It is a place where the vast lagoon holds a wealth of secrets waiting to be discovered. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to explore this land of adventure and dive deep into Melanesian culture? The documentary “New Caledonia – Exploring the Secret Lagoon” provides an exclusive opportunity to explore this hidden treasure.
Scientists in Noumea are studying the behavior of sharks in the vast lagoon of New Caledonia. These kings of the oceans are essential to the equilibrium of the underwater world. The documentary showcases how the shark is an emblematic and sacred animal and is even the “protective totem” of several clans on the island of Ouvea. Germain Boussarie’s dream of living a life dedicated to the underwater world and the shark, King of the Oceans is a reality here.
Marcel Lapachas, a child of the Jokin tribe, takes the viewer on a voyage back in time to a world steeped in Kanak legends and deeply-rooted traditions. Oana Larue practices free-fly, a discipline of free-fall in fleeting moments of weightlessness just before opening a parachute. The documentary presents a glimpse of an invisible spirit of the Kanaks that one can hope to experience only while exploring the Loyalty Islands.
The documentary encourages one to soar over one of the world’s most beautiful lagoons and discover the wide-open spaces of this land. One can explore the main island of Grande Terre, where adventure awaits those who dare to live out their dreams. Visiting Lifou, in the Loyalty Islands, means plunging into Melanesian culture in search of a lost age, and getting a glimpse of the invisible spirit of the Kanaks.

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