New Caledonia Travel Guide

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Nouméa

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Île des Pins

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Lifou

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La Foa

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Hienghène

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Bourail

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New Caledonia

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Farino

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Yaté-Village

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Siloam

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Balade

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Massif du Panié

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Ouvéa

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Nouméa

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  • The Aquarium

    Nouméa Things to Do

    The Aquarium is definatly worth a visit. Its fairly large and comprenhensive, with a big variety of ocean life.Great to walk around, do the tunnel thing, see fish/sea creatures you have never encounted before :)

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  • Le Lagon

    Nouméa Hotels

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • LE PETIT TRAIN

    Nouméa Things to Do

    This is a novel way of seeing the area.Very popular with the tourists as you see a lot with no walking :)A great way to get a good look around.fun, enjoyable, and different.

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Île des Pins

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  • Getting here

    Île des Pins Transportation

    There are several flights to the island from Noumea daily.Note that the airport is in the "remote" interior of the island far from any of the beaches and not served by public transport, so you may be in for an expensive taxi-ride if you arrive here.More convenient is arriving by sea.The Betico hydrofoil runs here from Noumea 2 or 3 times weekly,...

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  • Le Meridien Ile Des Pins

    Île des Pins Hotels

    Lovely bar lounge where you can relax and unwind........with a $10 cocktail !!

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  • Snorkelling

    Île des Pins Sports & Outdoors

    The island's crystal clear waters are irresistable for snorkellers, with Oro Bay's "Natural Aquarium" and Kanumera Bay being the most popular, readily accessible spots.That said, I must admit that while there was plenty of coral here, diversity seemed pretty low.Maybe I am just spoilt though - others said they loved it! ;-)

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Lifou

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  • Dont miss the church of Easo

    Lifou Things to Do

    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...

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  • Baie de Jinek - a great, sandy beach

    Lifou Things to Do

    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...

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  • butterflies are all over

    Lifou Things to Do

    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...

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La Foa

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  • Restaurant and creperie

    La Foa Restaurants

    In La Foa ..I tried Le Jasmin restaurant one night .It’s not far from my hotel.From Banu just across the street to the left about one block.The name is ‘Restaurant and creperie’ .Crepe ..? yummy....I thought it would be the dessert but they make it as a chice of meal as shown in the picture .It’s vegetable and cheese crepe and it’s very...

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  • Banu Hotel

    La Foa Hotels

    ( part 2 ) My room is in the old ‘wild west’ style building behind the front building ,at first I...

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  • La Foa metal bridge.

    La Foa Things to Do

    At the south entrance of the town there is a metal bridge that built in 1909 by 2 students of Gustave EiffelHere are the informations written on the site..“ 1906..The population of La Foa is informed that a suspension bridge will replace the wooden bridge built in 1893. 1907..Sir Arnodin and Gisclard ,two French engineers specialised in metal...

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Hienghène

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  • By bus

    Hienghène Transportation

    There are daily buses from Noumea to Hienghéne via Poindimié.Another daily bus (shown on this photo) travels between Hinghéne and Pouébo further up the North-East coast.If the timing of these doesn't suit you and you don't have your own wheels, you will have to hitch.There is no public transport into the interior villages.

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  • Off-shore islands

    Hienghène Off The Beaten Path

    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!

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  • The Brooding Hen

    Hienghène Things to Do

    Facing the Sphinx at the eastern side of the bay, the Hen is a far more interesting and readily recognizable rock. It has a very inviting sliver of beach on its left, if you could get hold of a boat to take you out there...The best place to view it is the designated (and signposted) viewpoint on the left as you head out of town past the cultural...

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Bourail

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  • See the nature.

    Bourail Things to Do

    There’s not much activities to do in Bourail itself but the activity will be around Gouaro bay and the Poe beach.Most activities in this country mostly related to the nature .So it's good for people who like sun,sand,sea ,mountain ,wildlife and beautiful scenery .I’d like to visit Roche Percee which is my highlight there.

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  • To Bourail by car.

    Bourail Transportation

    From Farino we drove on to Bourail ..our next destination.It’s about 53 km. and it took about 50 minutes driving .Actually ..about half way at Mouidou there are fork road that both merge again before arrving Bourail..The first one I just mentioned is fork to the left ..kind of road along the ocean.But to the right one is inland route through...

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New Caledonia

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  • Going around the little islands in the...

    New Caledonia General

    That is a must I reckon, I had the chance to spend a whole day on a little boat going around the lagoon to find snorkelling spots. And there is severals little deserts islands (like robison!) where you can stop over to have your lunch, or just sunbath with the guarantee that nobody will bother you, except maybe some funny animals! The same day,...

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  • Coral Snakes or Tricots rayes

    New Caledonia Warnings and Dangers

    You will encounter a lot of those snakes while in New Caledonia, even on the popular beaches in Noumea. Although nobody really looks worried about them you will wonder how dangerous the really are until you will get to know that this black and yellow reptile is a very poisonous snake, said to be 10 times more poisonous than the Cobra of South...

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  • The Barrier Reef

    New Caledonia Things to Do

    Snorkelling around this lagoon is such an experience, the water is amazingly turquose and full of tropical fishes. Moreover Nw Caledonian Barrier reef is the longest in the world, and not so tourist place neither which permit easily to find out unspoilt place with a little boat.

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Farino

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  • Birds around the cascade.

    Farino Things to Do

    Around the cascade area ,try to look for some birds .There are many interesting birds in the area ,some of them are endemic to New Caledonia.Here are some birds that you may see..-Scottish parakeet.-Red fronted parakeet-parakeet chain.- Kakariki (endemic)-New Caledonian corvus.-White belly vulture.-Monk bird (endemic).-Long –tailed triller. These...

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  • Refuge de Farino

    Farino Hotels

    There’s signboard shows clearly the route to go to Refuge de Farino.I didn’t stay there but past by...

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  • Visit the Cascade.

    Farino Things to Do

    There ‘s small cascade not far from refuge de Farino ...From the refuge you’ll see the sign board and map about the cascade.The estimated time walking is 1 hur 20 minutes for 3.4 km. trail round trip.You can park the car in front of the refuge and walk further along the gravel trail which is along the river. It’s a good and easy walk under some...

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Yaté-Village

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  • Blue River National Park ( 3 )

    Yaté-Village Things to Do

    The park area that I drove is along the part of Riviere blanche (white river) .Local called it ‘white’ because the lake is not deep ‘blue’ like the other side of the lake.Water color here ia rather pale so they call it ‘ white ‘ river but it’s still in the river blue national park.I drove a little up hill until parking lot for the trek to ‘ Houp...

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  • Blue River National Park ( 2)

    Yaté-Village Things to Do

    The main feature of the park is a 62 square km. lake, which was created through deliberate flooding for a hydroelectric dam in the 1980s. The park, a combination of rainforest and rehabilitated mining land, has toilet and picnic facilities and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ( exit before 5pm.) Sunday from...

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  • Blue River National Park. ( 1 )

    Yaté-Village Things to Do

    The natural park of Rivière Bleue (Blue River National Park) It is a beautiful national park with colour contrasts landscape .. red soil, towering green pine trees and turquoise blue lagoon. I found that the soil in this area is very red …more red than the north part of the country.It is riches with the mineral especially Nickel ,so we’ll see more...

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Siloam

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  • local people singing and dancing

    Siloam Things to Do

    When we arrived in Siloam on the island of Lifou we were able to attend a free performance of local people singing and dancing drssed in their traditional costumes, that was really interesting to see. I came a bit late, so I have just a few photos of this great event !New Caledonia has about 260.000 inhabitants and 40.3% of the population belongs...

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  • the large thatched hut

    Siloam Things to Do

    There is a large hall, thatched with straw and it will be a combination of market-hall, assembly hall and similar things. It will be a great place to find a place in the shade while waiting for the tender-boats of your cruiseship, you will be able to buy some souvenirs and refreshments there or simply talk to the local people.Unfortunately it was...

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  • a great viewpoint

    Siloam Things to Do

    This is a great viewpoint on the island of Lifou and easy to walk to from the village! You will walk through wide and shady woods on a partly asphalted street, will have some steps as well and right next to the chapel of Lourdes you have a few more steps to climb up in order to get there.This is also the place of the millions of butterflies - see...

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Balade

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  • Site of the first Catholic mass

    Balade Things to Do

    This nondescript little monument marks the site where the first mass was supposedly held.It was in pretty poor shape.

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  • Colonization Monument

    Balade Things to Do

    In 1913, the French have built this small monument to commemorate their occupation of New Caledonia 60 years earlier, when a flag-raising ceremony was held nearby.It stands on a small hill on the eastern side of the main road and is pretty easy to miss.

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  • Mission church

    Balade Things to Do

    Nearby, the main road passes the beautiful and quiant little church belonging to the first mission established in New Caledonia. Early missionaries killed by hostile Kanaks are buried in the small cemetery behind it.Inside the church you will find a fine wooden altar, and colorful stained glass windows depicting the historic events around here -...

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Massif du Panié

  • Almost NOTHING is available here!

    Massif du Panié Restaurants

    There are no stores, let alone restaurants in this remote area.The only place to buy any food at all was this humble little roadside-stall belonging to the family guarding the entrance to the Tao Falls.They sold delicious papayas, and occasionally bananas and pumpkins for a pittance, but you do need correct change as it operates on a honesty...

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  • Don't forget to secure your permit!

    Massif du Panié General

    As Mount Panié is a nature reserve, public access is limited and you will need a permit to enter the reserve and climb the mountain.Fortunately, this permit can be obtained quite readily and painlessly at the tourist office in Hienghéne - but not anywhere near the mountain itself! It is issued free of charge in a few hours.Once you have it in hand,...

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  • The other side

    Massif du Panié Sports & Outdoors

    From the ridge, you will have sweeping views of Grande Terre's interior, all the way to the west coast. Having climbed through the dense forest of this magnificent nature reserve, it is somewhat depressing to see all the deforestation on the other side of the range.There is actually an alternative trail up the peak from that side, but having seen...

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