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Welcome to Wallis !  
 

Ile de Wallis
Wallis Island is located in the heart of Polynesia, in the South Pacific Ocean.
Tahiti is 2800 kms to the East and Noumea 2100 kms to the South-West.
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The ancient name of Wallis is "Uvea". It's a still preserved island.

The center of "Evasion Bleue" (Blue Escape) is situated in the South of the island by the sea in the village of Halalo. Halalo is a fishermen's village and every evening small boats leave offshore for a fishing to the "palangrotte". The children like coming to bathe there while magnificent sunsets fire the horizon.

Here, you will feel in family in an typically wallisian atmosphere


 
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Pascal Nicomette

My name is Pascal Nicomette, and I am a professional instructor.

Some years ago, we have set with my wife Palepa, a nautic center for making you discover the wonderful Wallis underwater landscapes and for showing you the authentic islands'way of live.

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Un grand choix de plongées !  
 

 

We propose you a wide selection of high angle dives. Wallis's submarine landscapes are highly varied. In every dive, a new discovery! Dives into the pathes, on numerous reefs of the west coast, into caves with lobsters, on the anchors of the whalers, on the US barges or on the US pontoon, on the soft corals of the reef of the islet of the Lepers, follow dives, night dives ...we vary the pleasures.

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The anchors of the whalers  
 


The reef of the Lepers islet, in the South of Wallis is rich for any kind dives . It is an ideal spot for the night dives, because securing, for seing beautiful species of soft corals and unusual encounters as bump parrots or manta and eagle rays rays. But it is especially the spot of the anchors of the whalers, put on a bottom of 40 m. Majestic, impressive, they return us to the history...

The first whalers arrived at Wallis by 1828. Having empty reserves of whales in the Atlantic Ocean, they skim the Pacific from 1789. These big "three matts" would have inspired the word " papalagi " (boards which rise towards the sky) which is applied to all the foreigners, come to Wallis to look for a little of rest, some wood of stoking, some reserves. Today, quite at least as for me, they would not be welcome, the whaling in 2011 must be banished from this planet. In this time, these hearty fellows who have just spent several months on the sea, sometimes commit exactions, and the local reprisals are violent, as this English boat " Oldham " with which the crew which had committed some misdeeds in the South of the island was completely massacred. Why did these anchors stay at the bottom ? Did the boat sink ? After a storm? After a fire? Did the anchor was clamped ? Was she was too heavy to go back up ? In this time, the electric system did not exist ! And by considering the mass of the anchors that we found, this last possibility seems to us the best one. We have discovered about ten anchors in the sector of the island of the pass reef islet. Some, have their chain unwound on tens of meters. Links are of impressive size ! Sometimes, a big barracuda comes to see us, or a white tip shark, and recently a beautiful manta ray, above our heads !

But it is especially the opportunity to come down in 40m and going back up the time !


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Photo : Gérard Maechler

 
The US barges  
 

May 28th, 1942, 2000 GI's come at Wallis by the pass " Fatumanini ". The American presence will go up to 6000 men. They land with an impressive equipment.

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Before leaving, in 1944, they sink into the lagoon and into the lake Lalolalo, military equipment. This day, we found in the lagoon, 2 barges and a pontoon.

Barges are put down on a bottom of 42m and the pontoon on a bottom of 28m. The descent in the blue towards barges is always a big instant of emotion, because, according to brightness, we just see the wreck at the end of descent. Barges are well enough kept, and we can differentiate screens in the post of piloting, or propellers, and on the barge US2, an extinguisher fastened at the external side of the post of piloting.

barge US1

 
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