Duck Island (île aux Canards), Nouméa

Butterfly fish

Snorkelling amongst Butterfly fish, Ile Aux Canards (Duck Island), Nouméa

In the shallow clear waters of Duck Island fish swim. Not just any fish, fish with attitude. Fish with style. Colourful and patterned fish.

Last week I shared a bit about my little getaway to Nouméa, the capital of New Caledonia. It was my first taste of a Pacific Island and a nice escape to a warm winter where you can swim and walk around in dresses in the sunshine!

While I was there I took an afternoon trip out to Duck Island, otherwise known as île aux Canards. It was a short boat taxi out that cost about $17 NZD return.

Duck Island

Enjoying the coral sands of Duck Island in the sunshine

I was pleased to have brought a snorkel set with me to Nouméa, because there didn’t seem to be any for hire that I could see.

Duck Island is a coral island, with not a lot of sand, so the main point of visiting for me was to snorkel amongst the fish and coral below the waters surface.

Note: Taking photos and video with a Go Pro while snorkelling is not the easiest, so please excuse the quality of what you’re about to see.

Here’s a little taste of my adventure!

clown fish

Clown fish, snorkelling, Ile Aux Canards (Duck Island), Nouméa

fish

Array of clown and other fish, snorkelling, Ile Aux Canards (Duck Island), Nouméa

coral

Coral reef snorkelling, Ile Aux Canards (Duck Island), Nouméa

fish

Couple of friendly pairs of fish, snorkelling, Ile Aux Canards (Duck Island), Nouméa

stripy fish

Stripy fish amongst the coral, snorkelling, Ile Aux Canards (Duck Island), Nouméa

fish

Array of fish found while snorkelling, Ile Aux Canards (Duck Island), Nouméa

Pairs of fish

Pair of fish found snorkelling, Ile Aux Canards (Duck Island), Nouméa

various fish

Snorkelling, Ile Aux Canards (Duck Island), Nouméa

up close fish

Getting up close to some fish while snorkelling, Ile Aux Canards (Duck Island), Nouméa

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