A haven for nature lovers, New Caledonia offers something for everyone: walking, horseriding, kayaking, mountain biking, (ATV), or swimming. It is an endless playground for nature sports’ enthusiasts.
The Grande Randonnée (great hiking trail) marked and signed , crosses the red terrain of the Deep South for 120 km to the gates of the city of Dumbéa. This trail, GRâ is also certified by the French Hiking Federation, which is a guarantee of quality.
An invitation to discover a unique lunar landscape, beginning at the turquoise coast, continuing along the “maquis miniers” – (a shrub-dominated habitat named as such because its rock is mined for nickel) and is eventually lost in ancient woodland. All along the route, visitors will experience a biodiversity sometimes primeval rich and mysterious, visible in no other place in the world. The lucky will have the privilege of seeing a cagou (a native bird and the emblem of New Caledonia) crossing the road, it has apparently lost interest in flying.
Further north on the West coast of Grande Terre, at the intersection of the rural communities of Sarraméa, Farino and Moindou, the Parc Provincial des Grandes Fougères (Provincial Park of Great Ferns) is also open to hiking or biking (ATV). The trails of 3 to 8 kilometres through the rainforest will satisfy all abilities, from family outings, to trekking for several days. The park guides are available to help with information on the unique fauna and flora.
Hiking can be done anywhere on the Grande Terre (Mainland) and on the islands. This is one way to get to meet the locals and to discover the diversity of their lifestyles, from that of the tribes to the property owners’.
Lovers of horse riding can have their adventure, crossing the channel or admiring the plains of niaoulis.
New Caledonia boasts the largest lagoon in the world with its immense coral reef. It is a jewel in a thousand shades of blue, listed by UNESCO in 2008 as a world heritage site, whose stunning beauty is accessible to all those equipped with fins, mask, and snorkel.
A surface trip, sometimes only a few meters from the beach, will reveal the depths of a forgotten world of marine life, soothing and offering a delightful mix of shapes and countless colours. Snorkelling allows you to approach the turtles, rays and dugongs ...
And for those who have an adventurous spirit, a sea kayaking trip on the Côte Oubliée (Forgotten Coast) will leave you with unforgettable memories: 4 days on the East Coast of New Caledonia to paddle along a virtually untouched land accessible only by sea.