This blog on New Caledonia is for those of you who ever wondered what life on a tiny island in the South Pacific might be like. Tired of bracing winter winds, the stress of an inner city or simply dreaming of a life change? This is a blog about what happens when, in the words of Yogi Berra, "you come to a fork in the road, [and] take it".

27 November 2005

A Jet-ski Initiation

Photo by Laurent Guiader, 2005.
Blue skies, transparent waters, blue fish, orange fish, black and white fish. Today was an incredibly perfect day to try your hand at jet-skiing. Sophie, pictured above, did just that.

Apparently it was absolutely beautiful. Sophie and Laurent spent about 3 hours skiing and 45 minutes swimming and snorkelling at the Ilôt de Signal. With an early-morning start, they were back just in time for a huge lunch and a well-deserved nap. In a group of 16 other jet skiis, Sophie and Laurent took turns driving the one they shared. The jet skis weighed 300 kgs. and got up to a maximum speed of 80 km/hour. The faster you go, the better it gets! But get ready for buckets full of water splashing your face (from the waves), and if it is anything like today, lots and lots and lots of wind.

The 45-minute snorkelling break on the ilôt was stunning. There were the most beautiful and varied fish they'd seen since our arrival in New Caledonia. Blue, blue and orange, black and white, more blue. I wish I'd been there to see them!

Asked if they would do it again, "Yes!", they both said, "But not today." Big smiles and sleepy eyes seemed to say it all.

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