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Camping

New Caledonia offers the best opportunities for campers in the South Pacific, which makes the territory affordable to budget travellers!
Most campsites are run by the Kanaks on tribal land - these are most common along the North-East coast of Grande Terre and on the Loyalty Islands. They tend to charge around 1000 francs on Grande Terre, more on the islands.
These campsites are usually in beautiful locations near the coast, have showers and toilets, and helpful owners who ensure your stuff is safe and can provide meals.
Most are very quiet much of the time and have lots of space, so reservations are certainly not necessay.

There are also some municipal campsites that are usually cheaper or even free.
However these tend to offer poorer facilities and no security.

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  • Written July 10, 2006
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Tribal homestays

Often called gités, these Kanak-run places are most common in the Loyalty Islands where big hotels owned by outsiders are not allowed to set up business. Here they work as simple beach-style accomodation elsewhere in the South Pacific or Asia.

Even more interestingly, you can stay in traditional Kanak tribal huts in some remote villages in Grande Terre. These can offer a full-on immersion to Kanak culture if you speak French!
The biggest selection is offered in villages near Hienghéne.

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  • Written July 10, 2006
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Hotels in New Caledonia

As you might expect, New Caledonia offers some excellent hotel and resort accomodation - at a price. The truly extravagant places to burn your money on are in Noumea and the Isle of Pines, with hotels elsewhere being more modest affairs.

If you have the big bucks, you won't go wrong with these places - fortunately budget travellers can go elsewhere though!

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  • Written July 10, 2006
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Lilo Camping: Spectacular home away from home on Lifou

Lilo camping is truly an amazing homestay. If you're willing to give up some of the not-so-necessary creature comforts of a hotel, I would definitely recommend a homestay, and I would encourage you to stay at Lilo Camping. There are three (very large and oh-so-fragrant) bungalows there that can hold about two to three couples each. The outdoor amenities block has hot water (yay!!!) and is kept clean by Annie (the wife of the proprietor, Pascal). The property sits right at the edge of the Baie du Santal in Xepenehe, and you can hear the waves gulping in the caveronous rocks as you lay in your bungalow. The food (prepared by Annie) is delectable (and, man, do I miss it), and the family is incredibly friendly and helpful.

Not only is the property beautiful, but there are a tennis court and cars for rent. The view out the door of my bungalow was breath-taking. Annie and Pascal also live next door to a small vanilla plantation. The whole island is amazing, and this is really a wonderful place to come back to at the end of the day. While it wasn't completed when I visited, there is also a structure they are readying for eating while looking out on the ocean--wow! There is also camping available. They're also really close to a diving business. And there are sea turtles!!!

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Beaches, Budget Travel
  • Written October 12, 2005
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Lilo Camping: Spectacular home away from home on Lifou

Lilo camping is truly an amazing homestay. If you're willing to give up some of the not-so-necessary creature comforts of a hotel, I would definitely recommend a homestay, and I would encourage you to stay at Lilo Camping. There are three (very large and oh-so-fragrant) bungalows there that can hold about two to three couples each. The outdoor amenities block has hot water (yay!!!) and is kept clean by Annie (the wife of the proprietor, Pascal). The property sits right at the edge of the Baie du Santal in Xepenehe, and you can hear the waves gulping in the caveronous rocks as you lay in your bungalow. The food (prepared by Annie) is delectable (and, man, do I miss it), and the family is incredibly friendly and helpful.

Not only is the property beautiful, but there is a tennis court and cars for rent. The view out the door of my bungalow was breath-taking. Annie and Pascal also live next door to a small vanilla plantation. The whole island is amazing, and this is really a wonderful place to come back to at the end of the day. While it wasn't completed when I visited, there is also a structure they are readying for eating while looking out on the ocean--wow! There is also camping available. They're also really close to a diving business. And there are sea turtles!!!

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written October 12, 2005
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hostel: l'auberge de jeunesse

The cheapest accomodation appart from camping is in the auberge de jeunesse in Noumea. Its well priced in comparison to the other accomodation found on the island. It also has a good feel to it is nicely situated in town. Its is also clean which is always a bonus.
Its around $25 aus for a single

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written March 22, 2005

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Gîte Si-Hmed: Camping and Bungalows on Maré Island

I stayed at Gîte Si-Hmed mostly out of necessity. The idea was to fly to Maré and find a small village where I might be able to set up my tent and spend time with the local people and away from the tourists. When I arrived at the airport, I hitched a ride with a carload of local men who unfortunately turned out to be heavily inebriated and whose behavior was somewhere between extremely hospitable and frighteningly aggressive. When things started to get a little bit dodgy, I decided to bail out at Gîte Si-Hmed.

As far as services and amenities go, I was not too impressed with this lodge. It had everything that one could ask for, but the ambience seemed fairly sterile. They have a handful of bungalows in which one can stay, but they also permit camping, which is what I did. I wanted to set up my tent on the beach across the road, but the wind was far too blustery, so I camped on the lawn in front of the lodge instead, which was a bit more protected.

Price of accomodation:

Camping--CFP 1200 (app. US$14)
Bungalows with private bath--CFP 4000/4500/5000 for single/double/triple

I'd say the most appealing characteristic of this lodge is its location on a picturesque white sand beach, the two being separated only by the narrow coastal road. The location is also fairly convenient--only a few km from Tadine but far enough away that one can enjoy some peace and quiet and meet some really friendly local people.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Beaches, Backpacking
  • Written December 27, 2004
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Ibis Hotel: Moderate priced accommodation Noumea

The Ibis Hotel is located on Baie des Citrons literally a stones throw across from the beach. Although nothing special and looking a little tired the hotel has a couple of pints in its favour.
1. Location. Grab your togs, towel and stuff and walk all of 30 seconds across the road and onto the beach. or take a 1 minute walk up the road to catch a bus into the city centre. Or maybe take a long leisurely stroll around the point to Anse Vata where you can sit in a beach front cafe and sip a latte as you gaze out to sea.
2. For a comfortable no frills room and the convenient location (and a small but adequate swimming pool) the price is actually not to painful.
3. Right next door is a groovy little eatery called the la Fiesta run by a spanish family who know how to cook! The food is really good, the prices reasonable and you can sit down with a good beer (which they sell) in their open fronted cafe and watch the world go by.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written December 18, 2004

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Club Nautique: camping near Hienghène

This was a fairly decent place to stay near Heinghène. You camp right near the beach with a nice view of the rock formations out in the bay.

There are showers and toilets for campers here, but at the time of my visit the showers had no knobs. Hopefully you can survive a night without a shower.

Costs in 1997 were 250 CFP for one tent and 150 CFP for each person. Please note that by now New Caledonia may be using a different currency, so these prices should only be used as a rough estimate, that is if you can find a way to convert them in the first place!

The reason one stays here is probably just convenience, but the view of the "Brooding Hen" rock formation makes for some nice photos.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Backpacking, Budget Travel, Camping
  • Written December 11, 2004
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beach at the Baie des Tortues: free camping near Bourail

It is possible to camp for free at the beach adjacent to La Roche Percée. There was only one other couple around the evening I stayed here. Transportation to this area is rather informal. I had to hitchike to get here as there did not appear to be any form of public transport; at least, I didn't have the patience when it was so close that hitching was the quickest way (which, by the way, was very easy).

As one might expect, sea turtles can be spotted in the Baie des Tortues. I saw a couple during my stay, bobbing up and down in the gentle waves.

The beach was a fine place to pitch a tent. The area was very quiet and the sand soft enough to sleep on the floor of your tent without extra padding.

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  • Related to: Camping, Budget Travel, Backpacking
  • Written December 11, 2004
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Where to stay in Noumea and the rest of the countr

Stay on Anse Vata beach. This is the prettiest beach with quite a few cafes and restaurants. The city is nice to hang around in the day, but at night can be a little boring and sometimes a little frisky. There’s nothing lovelier than strolling along the beach after dinner with an icecream.

A great budget option on Anse Vata is Le Lagon. Directly across the road from the beach, some rooms have kitchens and their own restaurant is nice. There are also a number of motels just behind the hotels on the beach. Or, if you want to seriously treat yourself, stay at Le Meridien. This is a beautiful luxury hotel also on Anse Vata beach and the restaurant does a lovely, albeit expensive buffet dinner.

I have heard good things about the youth hostel in the city. Book ahead. Great views but a steep climb to get there!

If you venture out of Noumea, do yourself a favour and stay at a gite (pronouned zcheet). These are traditional Kanak huts run by the family who will make you feel very welcome.

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  • Written March 17, 2004

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Kuenda Beach Resort: Only overwater bungalows in New Caledonia

The Resort is a 10 minute trip from Noumea over the hills to the beachside area of Nouville. The resort itself is quite well constructed in a tropical pacific theme. It has a few overwater bungalows over the lagoon and many beach front and garden bungalows which are very comfortably appointed. The resort is 3 1/2 - 4 star. HOWEVER, the beach is only OK and the best parts are open to the public and get crowded. Often the public will have hired out all the paddleboats and stuff which is really annoying. The cafe/kiosk on the beach front is quite nice but gets busy.
IF you think of taking a walk around the seemingly pretty surrounding hills, DON'T.
You will be absolutely staggered by the amount of rubbish that litters the ground. There is barely a square metre that is not covered in refuse. That was really disappointing.
I wouldn't stay there again. Rather my recommendation is to check out the youth hostel for cheap but comfy digs or one of the Ansa Vata motels. They range from about $85 Australian pn. to $400 pn. Your choice!

Unique overwater bungalows but you may be the local attraction.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written April 20, 2003

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Noumea Youth Hostel (Auberge...

Noumea Youth Hostel (Auberge de Jeunesse)
1100 CPF per night in dorm..
$A 11
or for a dbl room $A14 pp per night

Excellent price, friendly owners who were willing to offer more than just advice.. the youth hostel was also very clean and well looked after..
what more could you ask for ??

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written August 25, 2002

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I was at home with my...

I was at home with my mother;the weather was very windy as usual there,it is frightening to hear such a wind during the whole night

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  • Written August 24, 2002
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