We visited had the chance to experience New Caledonia during our several month trip to Australia, with my little sister. After spending several weeks in New Zealand, we chose to visit New Caledonia. Indeed, it is only a few hours by plane from Australia, while from France, the trip would have been much longer.
It’s probably one of the best trips I’ve ever had. We were able to discover wild places, paradisiacal beaches, impressive sea beds and unique animals. These are moments I will remember all my life.
We landed at Noumea La Tontouta Airport, from Auckland. We booked a car with Europcar and so we quickly headed for Bourail to discover the magnificent beaches including that of the pierced rock. It is also possible to dare a beautiful sunset from this place.
We then rode inland and crossed the island in its width, which allowed us to take altitude and to discover very different landscapes, before reaching the city of Poindimié on the other side. We stopped to the sandstone of our desires, taking advantage of the magnificent panoramas but also of the sun while lounging on the beach. These are very quiet places where you can rest in peace.
The Blue River Park is a natural park whose land is very red, spread over more than 9000 ha and is divided into 2 sectors: the White River (to be drove by car) and the Blue River (accessible only to Walking or cycling).
We then joined the town of Noumea, before taking a boat towards Ilot Maitre, a few kilometers from the coast. We booked a night at the Hotel L’Escapade Îlot Maître, built on the turquoise lagoon. Our small house on stilts allowed us to have a breathtaking view of the ocean from the terrace or even from the bedroom. A small staircase allowed us to go down to swim with the turtles as soon as we saw one. It was just … the dream! We enjoyed until the last minute of sunshine and we got up before it even appeared, not wishing to miss anything of this moment of pure happiness. I think I will remember all my life from this experience and that moment with my sister.
We then took another plane to the Magenta airport to get to Pine Island. Our experience on this island was also unforgettable. We took a small boat to explore the bay of Oro, absolutely amazing.
Then the Nokanhui Atoll, a place absolutely impressive by its colors. There were rays and dolphins swimming around and we really felt like we were alone in the world.
We had the chance to swim with big head tortures, it was also a magical moment. The fact that they swim by our side and that we can touch them was just incredible!
We also dived into the deep waters to meet the dolphins and sharks.
This trip was simply fantastic and indescribable!