With its white-sand beach that stretches over 25 kilometers, Ouvéa (Iaaï in the local language) is one of the most beautiful atolls in the Pacific. Its shores are delicately washed by pristine waters that display an array of blueish hues. The island is 35 kilometers long and less than 40 meters wide in some places. With a total area of 132 km², Ouvéa only has one road which runs north to south. It winds along the lagoon, and its endless beaches fringed by palm trees, before trailing towards the deep-blue ocean. The lagoon’s pristine waters mirror the beauty and majesty of Lékiny Cliffs. They also shelter abundant wildlife providing Ouvéa’s population with a precious food reserve. The island is partly immerged as it was formed by an atoll that has tipped over. Unlike Lifou and Maré, Ouvéa’s lagoon is not filled-in but bounded by a series of reefs and islets called the Pléiades. Ouvéa and the Beautemps-Beaupré islands were enlisted as World Heritage sites in July 2008.