It is a tropical paradise in the South Pacific especially noted for butterflies.
But Edinburgh teenager William Bosi hopes to be no fly-by-night when he competes next week in the world youth lead climbing championships in Noumea, New Caledonia.
Along with another 14 Team GB members, Broughton High School student William flies out tomorrow via London, Helsinki and Osaka to compete in the event having qualified by gaining a silver medal in recent European competition.
“I am really excited about what has to be a trip of a lifetime – even if the sea snakes mentioned in travelogues are a bit scary,” says William, the reigning British champion, who trains at Alien Rock in Granton and the Edinburgh International Climbing Centre, Ratho.
“Competition is going to be tough but I feel I have a good chance to reach the final eight out of an entry of 60 and a podium place would be an achievement.”
William got the climbing bug, aged eight, from his older brother Alexander.
He revealed: “Alexander was introduced to climbing by the Scouts and I thought ‘I fancy a go at that’. “I took to the sport straight away, partly because when you do well it is a great feeling of success and relief!
“In New Caledonia, we’ll be climbing outdoors on a plastic wall between 20-30 metres high.
“There is a time limit on the climbs but, because the routes up the wall are so difficult, it usually comes down to who gets highest.
“It certainly would be a disadvantage if I didn’t have a head for heights and one day I’d like to further my climbing outdoors.
“Ascending Everest has no particular appeal at this stage but I would like to attempt the Eiger or the Matterhorn.”