The island has several resorts ranging from the simply expensive to the truly extravagant (the La Meridien on this photo). They might be worth forking the francs out for if you aren't bothered by the high costs and want to enjoy the island in full comfort.
For budget travellers, campsites offer cheaper refuges.
These are still about the most expensive in New Caledonia, costing around 2000 francs -well, paradise comes at a price here!
To go with our "live like the locals" theme throughout the trip, we chose to stay at this simple bed & breakfast equipped with the traditional style of Melanesian huts.
Manamaky is named after the four fisherman brothers that own it: Marc, Nazaire, Matthieu and Kyky). It's located right near St. Joseph Bay where the traditional pirogues are still built.
The hotel will set up excursions which include sailing in one of these traditional outriggers.
Simple and comfortable accomodations......Friendly hosts and quiet atmosphere.
Although the bungalows seemed very pleasant, I stayed here primarily because camping was permitted on the lawn in the center of the property. The area reserved for campers was basic, but the facilities are good--hot showers and good food.
The meals at the restaurant are excellent but rather expensive. I paid about US$20 for a good dinner. Even if you don't splurge on food and just stay in the campground like I did, the atmosphere is great . At the time of my visit, setting up a tent on the lawn cost about US$11.
For backpackers and campers looking for a relatively inexpensive place to stay near Kuto Bay, this is an excellent choice. It's only a few steps to the white sand beach of Kanumera Bay, and just a little farther, Kuto Bay. Its proximity to these beaches makes it a worthwhile place to relax for a couple of days. Because it's fairly close to a number of other lodges, transportation to the airport is not too difficult to arrange, if a little irregular. You may have to ask for assistance with this or hitch a ride.
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