Adventure in the Heart of Nature - 12 Days / 11 Nights

Tour Code: NCP20   

 

If you have always dreamed of an adventure in the middle of nature, then New Caledonia is the perfect playground for you! Experience the beauty and diversity of its preserved natural environment on land, at sea and even in the air. A high energy package filled with activities.



Day 1: Arrival in Noumea

 

Transfer to your hotel in Noumea on your arrival at Tontouta International Airport.

 

Lagoon view room at the Beaurivage Hotel.

 

The Beaurivage Hotel is situated across the road from the famous Baie des Citrons beach in a busy tourist area.

The hotel was recently renovated and has upmarket and modern-style rooms.

 

 

Day 2: Noumea – Helicopter flight


Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

 

Private transfer to Magenta Aerodrome.

 

Climb on board a helicopter well adapted to tourist flights: great visibility, low noise and exemplary manoeuvrability.

 

A 40 minute flight that takes you over the turquoise-coloured lagoon and the small islands encircled by sparkling white-sand beaches: Anse Vata Bay, Ile aux Canards (Canards Island), îlot Maître (Maître Island), îlot Larégnère; then over the coral reef, the Ever Prosperity shipwreck and the Amédée Lighthouse before landing on Mont Malawi (also known as the ‘Gendarme’s hat’) where you will be greeted by a spectacular view of Noumea and it’s bays, and the Southern lagoon. Guaranteed sensations!

 

Private transfer back to your hotel from the Magenta Aerodrome.

 

Free afternoon.

 

Accommodation at the Beaurivage Hotel, Lagoon View Room.

 

 

Day 3: Nouméa - Jet Ski

 

Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

 

Transfer by minibus to your departure point on the Nouville peninsula.

 

8:30am – After a safety briefing, jump on your jet ski and take off onto the lagoon with your guide.

You will discover southern Noumea by sea, travelling along the Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata before heading out to île aux Canards and îlot Maître.

After a 15 minute break on îlot Goéland , you will head towards île de Crouy and îlot Larégnère for 45 minutes of swimming or walking around the island.

Finally, you will go past by the Kuendu Beach Bay before returning to your starting place through the harbour at around 11:45am. Return to your hotel at midday.

 

Free afternoon.

 

Accommodation at the Beaurivage Hotel, Lagoon View Room.

 

 

Day 4: Nouméa / Parc de la Rivière Bleue (55 km / 1h) - Mountain Bike & Kayak / Port Boisé (60 km / 1h)

 

Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

 

Your rental car will be dropped off at your hotel in the morning.

 

Drive towards the Deep South (Grand Sud) and the Parc de la Rivière Bleue (Blue River Park) – entry fee applies. We suggest that you purchase lunch before leaving Noumea or en route (for example at the Casino Supermarket in Mont Dore).

 

The southern area of New Caledonia offers a surprising landscape that is both luxuriant and desert-like, dominated by the red earth rich in laterite, the emerald blue network of lakes and rivers and the green shade of its flora. This botanical diversity is 85% endemic and is unique. The Parc de la Rivière Bleue is natural reserve that stretches over 9045 hectares and groups a large number of endemic animal and plant species such as the giant kauri - over a thousand years old - and the Cagou – an elegant grey flightless bird.

 

9am – The mountain bike-kayak combination is the perfect way to discover the wooded scenery of this conservation area. It is easily accessible to the non-sportsperson and simply requires you to be healthy and have a taste for adventure.

 

The first leg is by mountain bike and takes you along the lake before heading into the forest. Stop at the Grand Kauri tree before continuing your journey. Make the most of the numerous picnic sites along the way to have lunch (not included).

 

On the way back, you will travel by kayak down the calm waters of the Rivière Bleue (Blue River) to the Forêt Noyée (Drowned Forest). This surprising and photogenic site is full of grey and branch-free tree trunks of rot-proof trees that were submerged when the Yaté Lake was created.

3:30pm – End of the excursion.

 

Return to Port Boisé via the Madeleine Waterfalls (it is possible to visit them – entry fee applies).

 

Accommodation at the Kanua Tera Ecolodge in a tropical bungalow.

 

Kanua Tera is nestled in the magnificent Bay of Port Boisé at the far end of the Grande Terre, nestled between the lagoon and a beautiful tropical forest that dates backs several centuries. It was built to resemble a Melanesian village and has 18 spacious wooden bungalows with individual terraces on the waterfront.

 

 

Day 5: Port Boisé / Baie de la Somme (40 km / 45 min) - Excursion to Cap N'Dua & Ilot Casy / Port Boisé

 

Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

 

Drive to the Baie de la Somme, at the foot of Prony Village. This coastal hamlet was established at the time of the penal colony and still holds some interesting remnants.

 

8:30 am – Board the boat at the Baie de la Somme. You will cruise across the waters of the Southern Lagoon and stop over at Anse Magic, at the foot of the Cap N’Dua natural reserve. This perfectly preserved reserve was opened to the public as recently as 2012 and has a lighthouse and a whale watching platform (the whale watching season runs from July to September).

Climb up to the summit of the Cap (30-35 minute steep climb) where you will find a breath-taking view of the Southern Lagoon all the way to the Isle of Pines on a clear day. You are at the southernmost point of the Grande Terre.

Return to the boat.

11 am – Stop on îlot Casy (Casy Island), natural reserve and nugget of the south with a red-earth centre and white sand creeks nestled in luxuriant vegetation.

A simple lunch is provided followed by free time to explore the island and its waters.

3:30pm – Return by boat to the Baie de la Somme. End of the excursion.

 

Drive back to the hotel.

 

We recommend that you order a picnic lunch for the next day’s excursion (not included).

 

Accommodation at the Kanua Tera in a tropical bungalow.

 

 

Day 6: Port Boisé / Dumbéa (105 km / 2h00) – Accrobranche/ Païta (20 km / 30 min)

 

Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

 

You are free to enjoy your room opposite the lagoon until 11am (walking, swimming, kayak rental, Stand Up Paddle rental).

 

Before leaving the hotel, check in with reception to collect your picnic lunch, if you ordered one the night before (not included).

 

Take the Noumea road that goes through Prony as at the Prony Peak (Col de Prony) there is a magnificent view of the lagoon, the southern part of the island and the majestic wind turbines. You will then cross the lowland areas called ‘The Battlefield’ that is used for forestry, followed by the Pirogue River estuary. At Plum, there is a fork in the road and both will take you to Noumea: the seaside route (with picnic areas) or the internal route (you can stop at the Plum Peak fountain whose water is sold throughout New Caledonia – take some water bottles to fill up!).

 

Then head towards Dumbea (the Fayard Park is a good picnic spot) before arriving at the Mont Koghi mountain range.

 

The Mont Koghi area is a medium height mountain area with peaks of 500 m. It is just a 30 minute drive from New Caledonia’s capital city and is a popular walking spot for many people from Noumea as the temperature is cooler, it is calm and green, and it offers a spectacular view of the Noumea peninsula and the lagoon.

 

The site is made up of a magnificent tropical forest with rare and precious species (century old kauri, banians and ‘houps’, an endemic species).

 

1:30pm (at the latest) accrobranche at Mont Koghi (1 ½ hrs) Adventure activity that takes you from tree to tree in the heart of the tropical forest using different means of travel: swings, ladders, Tarzan jumps, Nepalese bridges, zip lines, zigzagging bridges, rope bridges, floating logs).

 

Drive to Païta.

 

Dinner and accommodation at the Lézard Home Homestay, in a bungalow room.

 

The homestay is located in the middle of private land over a hectare in size at the foot of Mont Mou and surrounded by gardens and trees, creeks and the forest.

 

Discover this piece of paradise lulled by the sound of the water running through the streams and the birds’ sweet songs. It is the ideal spot for relaxing and having a pleasant rest surrounded by nature – a preview of the New Caledonian outback.

 

Your hosts will be thrilled to share their knowledge of New Caledonia with you. Feel free to ask for advice.

 

 

Day 7: Païta / Pont de la Tontouta (40 km / 45 min) – Stand Up Paddle on the River / Sarraméa (80 km / 1h)

 

Continental breakfast at the homestay.

 

8:15am – Drive to La Tontouta (we recommend you purchase your lunch on the way)

 

9am – Meet at the Tontouta River Bridge, north of the town. Try the Stand Up Paddle or SUP with the help of a coach and discover the unique feeling of gliding on water. The SUP is a fun and relaxing means of becoming one with Mother Nature and discovering the underwater scenery from up high on the water thanks to the SUP. The material is perfectly adapted to beginners. A great way to discover the La Tontouta River with its natural raw beauty.

You will have some free time to swim and eat your lunch (not included so you will need to purchase it ahead of time).

Your journey will continue after lunch through the mangrove until where the river meets the lagoon.

3pm approximately end of the excursion.

 

Drive to Sarramea.

 

Accommodation at the Evasion Hotel, in a bungalow.

 

Located on the edge of a river, the Evasion Hotel offers an idyllic setting for relaxing and is the starting point for short (or long treks) and horse rides through the primary forest.

 

The hotel has a restaurant, swimming pool and outside faré (local bungalow).

 

 

Day 8: Sarraméa – Quad Ride / Poindimié (200 km / 2h40)

 

Continental breakfast at your hotel.

 

Head out on a two-person quad bike with a guide for a one hour trek through dry and wet forests to the edge of streams in the heart of wilderness filled with many endemic species. Expect some amazing views!

 

Drive to Poindimié on the luxuriant East Coast leaving behind you the dry plains and Niaouli trees (type of eucalyptus) of the West Coast.

 

The route climbs up over the ‘Chaine’ - the name given to the mountainous chain that runs down the length of the Grande Terre – via the Col des Rousettes (Fruit Bat Peak), then winds gently through the valleys before reaching the East Coast. This route is picturesque and meanders along the seafront in several places. You will travel over the mouths of majestic rivers and through villages and local tribes.

 

Accommodation at the Tiéti Hotel in Poindimié in a tropical bungalow.

 

The Tiéti Hotel in Poindimié is situated on the waterfront on one of the most beautiful beaches of the East Coast. The bungalows are spacious and built in the local Melanesian style with a terrace in the midst of a magnificent tropical garden dotted with banyan and coconut trees.

 

 

Day 9: Poindimié - Prawn Fishing & Trek

 

Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

 

9am – Your guide will meet you at the hotel to take you on a 45 minute bicycle tour of the Ina tribe. Discover this peaceful tribe nestled in a valley with produce gardens and Melanesian style houses.

The guide and locals will show you how to use traditional materials to fish for fresh-water prawns in the creek (wild river prawns are a popular delicacy for New Caledonians) and then it will be your turn to have a go.

Lunch break – picnic lunch is provided for you.

In the afternoon you will be taken on a walking trek up to the top of the Mont Koyaboa (ascension 1½ - 2 hours walk). Your guide will explain the local flora and fauna to you as you go. Once at the summit, you will have a spectacular view of the lagoon, the tribal village and îlot Tibarama.

 

Return to the hotel.

 

Accommodation at the Tiéti Hotel in Poindimié in a tropical bungalow.

 

 

Day 10: Poindimié - Snorkelling Trek

 

Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

 

Head out to the reef with the guide and your snorkelling gear for a morning of discovering the abundant sea life. The snorkelling material and snack will be provided for you.

 

The coral reef, between the lagoon and the open sea, is incredibly beautiful with its coral gardens and many types of colourful fish. The New Caledonian lagoon has been listed as a World Heritage Site with UNESCO since 2008.

 

Free afternoon.

 

Accommodation at the Tiéti Hotel in Poindimié in a tropical bungalow.

 

 

Day 11: Poindimié / Nouméa (345 km / 4h40min)

 

Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

 

Drive back down to Noumea.

 

For the return trip, take the superb tranversal “Koné – Tiwaka” road that features mountain torrents, many great spots to stop and take in the view before arriving back on the West Coast at the town of Koné. Then head south towards Noumea. You will be able to take in the vast dry plains and niaouli filled savannahs that are typical of this area which is renowned for its cattle farms. The scars in the distant mountains to your left are visible reminders that New Caledonia is the land of ‘green gold’ – nickel.

 

We recommend that you stop off at Bourail, the capital of the outback, and take time to visit the Roche Percée (‘pierced rock’) and the Baie des Tortues (Turtle Bay). Return to your hotel and hand back the rental car at the end of the day.

 

Accommodation at the Beaurivage Hotel in a room with a view of the lagoon.

 

 

Day 12: International Departure or Extend your Stay in New Caledonia

 

Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

 

- It is possible to extend your stay and visit the islands.

 

Shuttle transfer to Tontouta International Airport.

 

Adventure in the Heart of Nature 12D/11N

 

$3,399 per person, twin share*

Included in this program:

 

Transfers from / to Tontouta International Airport and Nouméa, and through the town, as mentioned

Accommodation in the hotels, gîtes and guesthouses, as mentioned

Breakfasts as stated in the programme

Dinner on Day 6

 Rental car on the Grande Terre, Days 4-11, comprehensive insurance cover and unlimited kilometres, Category B car (Auto - Ford Fiesta or similar)

The excursions indicated in the programme

 

 

 

Not included in this program:

 

  • International flights

  • Lunch / dinners and drinks (unless otherwise stated)

  • The Parc de la Rivière Bleue admission (around 4 € per person)

  • Deposit for rental cars

  • Petrol costs

  • Car cleaning Costs

  • Personal expense and gratuities

 

 

 

Want to extend your holiday?

 

Short Stay in Lifou – 3D/2N
Short Stay in Ouvea – 3D/2N
Short Stay in Mare – 3D/2N
Break in the south – 3D/2N
Noumea & Isle of Pines Discovery – 7D/6N
Diving in the beautiful Isle of Pines – 5D/4N (6 Dives)
Diving in Lifou – 5D/4N (6 Dives)
Noumea - Ouvea - Isle of Pines – 8D/7N
 
New Caledonia Voyages is not liable in the case of adverse weather conditions.
We do not recommend our clients stay in gîtes on the following dates: 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January.
Excursions are combined activities (other customers may participate) and require a minimum of 2 participants.
 

We can assist you to book your flight from Australia to Nouméa with our competitive price. Just send us an email with your requirements and we’ll get back to you with a quote.

 

*Price are in Australian Dollars and subject to the availabilities. The above price are per person twin-share price and valid till 31 March 2020.
Additional cost for Xmas and New Year's Eve (accommodation and meals): please contact us.

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