Highlights of this particular visit included front-row seats for the folklore dancing show (more of our fire dancer!), a session on how to climb coconut trees and a session on how to tie pareos (sarongs) - see Sophie, above, modelling one such pareo during the pareo-tying demonstration.
We generally wear pareos at the beach here in New Caledonia, but I've been told that you see far fewer of them here than in Tahiti. Here, it is unacceptable to walk the streets or go into town, shops or restaurants wearing a pareo or just shorts (for our male friends). The local population (the Kanaks) frowns on bearing one's skin in public - though one does see many a topless (and sometimes practically bottom-less) sunbather at the Baie des Citrons (Bay of Lemons).
Photo by Laurent Guiader, 2006.