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    Try some Hiking

    by Merebin Written Jul 19, 2014

    There are lots of opportunities for hiking in New Caledonia - from short walks to demanding multi-day hikes. The main hiking trail is the GR1, which starts in the south at Prony and allows walkers to experience the Blue River Provincial Park. The trail is divided into sections and refuges are available. Both day hikes and multi-day hikes are possible. The trail is gradually being extended and will eventually allow hikers to explore close to the entire length of Grand Terre. The GR1 is not the only hiking opportunity available - there are plenty of other options, including the excellent, well marked day hike trails of the Giant Fern Park near Sarramea.

    Hiking trail in the Giant Fern Park
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    Spend some time relaxing on the beach

    by Merebin Written Jul 19, 2014

    While New Caledonia certainly has a lot more to offer than its beaches, they are definitely worth a visit. Whether you are visiting one of the islands or the main island of Grand Terre there are plenty of beaches to chose from, including a few in Noumea itself. Some are sand, some are coral and many offer opportunities to try activities like wind surfing or snorkeling in the World Heritage listed lagoon waters.

    The two main beaches in Noumea are Anse Vata and Bais des Citrons. Both are fronted by myriad hotels and restaurants. Anse Vata, in particular, has plenty of opportunities to rent windsurfing equipment, as well as paddle boards, etc. Ile aux Canards is a short boat taxi ride away and provides good snorkeling opportunities straight off the beach - the main beach on the island is largely coral.

    Beach near Noumea
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    Dont miss the church of Easo

    by globetrott Updated Dec 14, 2011

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    Easo is the first village that you will get to, when walking from the place, where you cruiseship will take you ashore. This church looks very nice from inside as well and all of the tours organized by your cruiseship will stop there for a short time.
    The church was built in 1898 and will normally be open for visitors all day long.
    Dont miss to take a look inside the small museum on the opposite side of the street and to the cemetery, that you will find in a short distance of just about 50 meters from the church.

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    Baie de Jinek - a great, sandy beach

    by globetrott Written Dec 12, 2011

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    Baie de Jinek is a great, sandy beach, about half way from the place where you will get out of the tenderboats and the chapel "Notre Dame de Lourdes"
    You will find some facilities on that beach, like changing-rooms, toilets and a small tent with refreshments. No entrancefee to be paid, just come and take a swim or sunbath, everybody is welcome there. The clear water is also great for snorkeling !

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    butterflies are all over

    by globetrott Written Dec 12, 2011

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    I have never seen so many butterfies in a single place like in Lifou / New Caledonia. Maybe it was the time of the year (Beginning of November, that is early spring in that part of the world), maybe it is a lack of natural enemies on this quite small island in the Pazific Ocean.
    In my 2nd photo you can even see 3 butterflies next to each other, they always had to fight for the best places to get their food.

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    the cemetery of Easo

    by globetrott Written Dec 12, 2011

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    Dont miss to take a look at the cemetery of Easo as well, when you visit the church there. It was interesting to see some different styles of graves there and also the idea to have a hat on top of the grave, like you see it in my 2nd picture here.
    I also saw some woodcarvings, that might have been a cross once, but I am not sure about that (my last 3 pictures)

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    the chapel "Notre Dame de Lourdes"

    by globetrott Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    When you get to Lifou by cruiseship you will see this chapel on top of a hill already from a large distance. Walking there is quite easy and will take about 30 minutes one way: fist it is an asphalted street and at the end there are quite steep steps uphill, but it was worth the trouble for some great panorama-view. Unfortunately the chapel was under restauration and it was impossible to take a look inside, except through one of the windows, but the church was totally empty.
    When you want to see another church, walk into the other direction and see my next tip !

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    traditional huts

    by globetrott Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    You will find a traditional hut in the garden of most modern houses in Lifou, and while you are mostly not allowed to take a look inside of them, I found this one on my way to the chapel of the Mother of God, a signpost invited tourists to come in and take a look and leave a donation (see the signpost in my last photo).
    This is how I was able to make these pictures without any timepressure and also without any further informations given. The owners of this hut had their modern home closeby and did not care for the tourists.

    a traditional hut in Lifou take a look inside a traditional hut the roof of a traditional hut
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    QUICK & EASY BUS TOUR OF NOUMEA SIGHTS

    by AusPinay Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Since we were just in Noumea for a day, and the city is really a tiny place, the best thing to see it in a snap is taking a bus tour complete with a friendly guide who lives in Noumea and is quite abreast with local life there despite being a Pommie. The airconditioned bus picked us up at the port of Noumea where we disembarked from our ship and then we traveled a few minutes to the city centre.

    We were shown the entire harbour view atop the highest point in Noumea itself. There we had a good bird's eye view not just of the harbour but almost the entire town, with its French inspired old and new buildings.

    Most people in Noumea own boats! another view of Noumea city and the harbour lovely waters of Noumea
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    SOAK IN THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF ISLE OF PINES

    by AusPinay Written Feb 13, 2009

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    Simply stunning, great natural beauty, these are just a few words to describe this tiny island paradise! It helps that you don't see towering high rise buildings usually lining up beaches of similar places. Isle of Pines is indeed out of this world! No neon lights as well! All you will see are untouched clear waters, the softest sand you will ever lay your feet on plus just beauty everywhere- the flowers, trees, animal life, all growing wild side by side!

    Even the dogs playing along the beaches are free on their own, friendly, but still we were careful though!

    When our ship reached this island, we had to be transported by tenders so as not to disturb the natural environment and the corals, and sea creatures around this spectacular island. Once ashore, we were treated to a friendly welcome from the locals.

    Shopping for souvenirs is a breeze as the stalls will greet you once you're there near the shore.

    The water's temperature while we were there was just perfect, not too cold not too hot, as it was overcast that day and it even rained for the most part, but who cares when we were wet anyway?

    serene natural beauty of Isle of Pines clear blue waters perfect for water fun some areas show harshness of nature
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  • Isle of Pines

    by mikp Updated May 9, 2007

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    The Isle of Pines is a Island of New Caledonia, a short stop on the P&O cruise boat tour that I took. A beautiful Island with great beaches. Short walks are available to all parts of the Island including a scared rock. Pleanty of beach activities are available including soccer & beach volleyball.

    Great for swimming & a snorkelling.

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  • 4WD Trip

    by mikp Updated May 9, 2007

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    This 4WD trip was organized on the P&O cruise, but could be also booked locally. A great experience that I would recommend to everyone. After a 20 drive out of the main town, you will hit the hills & see some beautiful landscapes. You can stop for a short while to take some photos & strech your legs.

    This is only a short tour, but well worth it!

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    Noumea

    by hunwagner Updated Jul 20, 2006

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    The capital of New Caledonia is an unashamed outpost of France in the South Pacific.
    It has a majority French population, many of whom are recent arrivals from Europe, although it does also have a noticable presence of the native Melanesian Kanaks, Polynesian migrants from Wallis and Tahiti, as well as Chinese, Vietnamese and Indonesians.
    Who are conspiciously missing are the English-speaking tourists - except on cruise-ship days, though even then, Noumea is big enough to absorb the lot.
    Architecturally and culturally the city looks and feels very Mediterranean, while also boosting the fine beaches its Pacific location has blessed it with.
    It is probably the most beautiful capital in the South Pacific and well worth a few days, even though it is hardly representative of New Caledonia as a whole, and you should also try and see what the rest of the territory has to offer.

    See my separate Noumea pages for more info on the city!

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    Hienghéne

    by hunwagner Updated Jul 14, 2006

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    A small town in the north-east of Grande Terre, Hienghéne sits on a secluded bay surrounded by rugged hills and a coastline graced by fantastic limestone formations.
    It also has some fine beaches, an excellent cultural centre, and plenty of traditional Kanak villages, some offering tribal homestays others campsites, nearby.
    If you can only visit one place away from Noumea, this should be the one to head for!

    See my separate page on Hienghéne for more.

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    Isle of Pines

    by hunwagner Updated Jul 11, 2006

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    The most beautiful and most visited of the outer islands, the Isle of Pines gets its name from its trademark pines towering over some of the finest white-sand beaches in the South Pacific.
    While it is probably the least traditional and the most touristy of New Caledonia's islands, it is far from being over-run or spoilt, and its proximity to Noumea makes it easy to reach even on a day-trip.

    See my Isle of Pines pages for more info!

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New Caledonia Hotels

  • Le Lagon

    143 Route de l'Anse Vata, Noumea, Grand Terre, 98845, New Caledonia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Oure Hotel

    Kanumera Bay, New Caledonia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Quality Resort Rivland

    Paita Rue De Gadji, PAITA, New Caledonia, 98890, N

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

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