The theme letter for our travel pics this week is U, for Under.
For Wednesday, we head Under Water – to Jinek Bay, at Lifou – one of the most popular snorkelling spots for those cruising the South Pacific.
I’d been to Lifou a few years back, and snorkelled at Jinek Bay – and was a bit disappointed.
The snorkelling was OK, but not spectacular … and the bay was crowded, with about half the ship in the water at the same time.
But the second time I went, the locals had started charging $A15 for a day-pass to the ‘marine reserve’ to improve the facilities – like useable steps into the water – and instead of there being hundreds of tourists in the water, there were mere dozens.
That means the coral has recovered, the fish are back, the facilities have improved markedly … win-win, I think.