グランドテール島を真珠の首輪のようにぐるりと取り囲むバリアリーフ。その中でひときわ輝きを放つ無人島がアメデ島です。この島は、サンゴ礁がつくりあげた芸術品といって過言ではありません。ビーチの砂は白く、海は透き通ったエメラルド・ブルー。ここは人間にも魚たちにとっても楽園です。

1周25分ほどのアメデ島では、中央に立つ白亜の灯台がひときわ目立ちます。ニューカレドニアのシンボルマーク的存在、アメデ灯台です。この灯台は本来は無人で機械でコントロールされていますが、現在、一般観光客も立ち入れるようになっています。(2015年5月現在、補修工事のため立ち入りできません)

1865年の完成以来、幾多の航海を見守り続けるアメデ灯台。灯台のてっぺんへと続く螺旋階段登りきるには体力が勝負!

ナポレオン三世の時代、バリアリーフに囲まれたニューカレドニアへ船が航海するには多くの困難が伴いました。貿易を盛んにし、フランス本国との人の行き来を活発化するには、安全上、どうしても近代的な灯台が必要だったのです。アメデ灯台はまずフランス本国で当時の最新技術で建造され、貨物船でニューカレドニアへ運ばれて組み立てられました。今や、ニューカレドニアを訪れる旅行者を優しく見守る象徴的な存在になっています。

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  • a historic monument

    The lighthouse a historic monument

    Marking out the entrance of the Nouméa port through the Boulari channel, this lighthouse has a very unusual history! In 1859, the governor of New Caledonia decided to build a lighthouse on Amédée Isle, in order to make the access to the channel safer. At the time, such a construction seems impossible.

    The lighthouse and beacon service recommended building a metallic construction, the plans were drawn up by Léonce Reynaud. He notably imagined the interior metallic structure separate from the exterior envelope, in order to better fight against effects of corrosion, worsened by the tropical climate. The lighthouse was completely assembled for verification, between July 1862 and June 1864, before being dismantled and transported to New Caledonia.

  • The highest metallic lighthouse in the world!

    The highest metallic lighthouse in the world!

    Inaugurated on November 15 1865, the lighthouse was originally lit with a rapeseed oil lamp. This system was replaced from 1952 to 1985 with a vaporized petrol system, before becoming electric. This tall metallic lighthouse, 56 m high, is equipped with a lantern with a range of 24.5 nautical miles (about 45 km). It is now the only remaining metallic lighthouse in France since the destruction of the almost identical Roches-Douvres lighthouse, in 1944. The Amédée lighthouse is considered the tallest of its kind in the world, along with the Lange Jaap lighthouse in Holland, inaugurated in 1822.

  • An exceptional marine reserve

    An exceptional marine reserve

    The Amédée Isle offers amazing underwater experiences. Located in the heart of a reserve protected from any type of fishing, you can observe a myriad of species, simply with a mask and snorkel. Snorkeling fans can enjoy swimming next to turtles, clown fish and other emblematic species of the Caledonian lagoon, a UNESCO heritage.

  • Polynesian atmosphere in amédée lighthouse

    Enjoy the lagoon in a different way

    The Mary D team offers a comprehensive package for their day trip. In a Polynesian atmosphere, not only can you enjoy the islet, but also taste a high-quality buffet under this impressive lighthouse and attend a wonderful Tahitian dance show.  With a glass-bottom boat, you can explore the corals and the fish while keeping your feet dry.