A local boy swims in Kanumera Bay.
I had a long conversation with one of the indigenous locals, Antoine, a parent waiting for his children to finish swimming. One of the most interesting things we discussed was the Kanak (indigenous people of New Caledonia) belief in destiny, as predicted by parents.
The idea is that when a child is born, the parents must decide whether their child will be a person of the land, or a person of the sea. It is decided upon almost instantaneously, through the parents' spiritual foresight. This means that as the child grows up, they are taught a trade that relies on either the land, e.g. a farmer, or on the sea, e.g. fishing. I asked Antoine whether he is a person of the land or of the sea. With a smile, he replied that his family is special- he comes from a long line of people who can do both! But formally, he is a gardener.