There are a couple of stunning little islets out along the barrier reef just off Hienghéne.
They look just the perfect thing for day's snorkelling, but unfortunately getting out there will involve an expensive boat-trip!
The valley stretching inland from Hienhéne contains a string of Kanak "tribus" (tribal villages).
They offer accomodation in traditional Kanak huts, and activities like horse-riding, all of which must be organized in advance through the Hienghéne tourist office.
As a sad "attraction" worth noting, you will also pass the burned-out remains of a car, reminder of the Hienghéne Massacre. In 1984 a group of French settlers held up and shot 10 unarmed pro-independance Kanak men travelling home from a political meeting in this car.
None of the self-confessed French killers have ever been prosecuted - a grim reminder of New Caledonia's colonial reality.
Outraged local Kanaks did chase away most of the French and other immigrants from the Hienghéne region back then in retaliation, though by today relations among Kanaks and visitors, even French ones, are as polite as anywhere in the territory.