Adventure holidays in New Caledonia are geared towards mountaineering, caving, canoeing, horse riding and hiking around mountainous Grand Terre, the largest island in the South Pacific aside from New Zealand. You'll find plenty of mountain trails and remote tribal villages to visit in the north of the island, with some huge tracts of wilderness to the south and east of Noumea. The eco centre of La Foa and Sarramea in central Grand Terre is well set up for eco-tourism with plenty of adventure tour companies based there. Beyond Grand Terre, adventure holidays are limited and rather tame although in the Loyalty Islands, interaction with local villages is very accessible.
The following accommodations are well placed for experiencing adventure in New Caledonia:
Chez Ihage is collection of budget tribal huts in the village of Luecila facing a beautiful lagoon it’s less than a minute walk to the long sweeping sandy beach of We. This is a great option for budget travellers looking to enjoy cultural interaction, secluded beaches and snorkelling.
Hotel Evasion is a delightful rainforest retreat in the charming tropical mountains of Sarramea, twenty minutes inland from La Foa or a two hour drive north of Noumea. This boutique retreat offers ten private bungalows in landscaped garden, a swimming pool, restaurant and spa.
Koulnoue Resort is located just south of Hienghene and its scenic coastline and set in a large coconut plantation fronting a pretty beach and is a good choice for families seeking an affordable beach holiday or for travellers exploring this scenic region of Grand Terre.
Nengone Resort is a small resort fronting a secluded white sandy beach on the south coast of Mare. With 18 traditional bungalows with stylish interiors, a swimming pool and good restaurant, Nengone makes the perfect base for exploring the wonderful beaches and sights of Mare.