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  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Canberra
  • Darwin
  • Gold Coast
  • Hobart
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Sydney
Fidji
  • Nadi
New Caledonia
  • Noumea
New Zealand
  • Auckland
  • Christchurch
  • Dunedin
  • Queenstown
  • Wellington
Papua New Guinea
  • Port Moresby
French Polynesia
  • Papeete
Vanuatu
  • Espiritu Santo
  • Port Vila
  • Tanna
Wallis and Futuna Islands
  • Futuna Island
  • Wallis Island
Cambodia
  • Phnom Penh
China
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai
Korea (Republic of)
  • Seoul
United Arab Emirates
  • Dubai
India
  • Chennai
  • Delhi
  • Mumbai
Indonesia
  • Denpasar-Bali
  • Jakarta
Japan
  • Fukuoka
  • Nagoya
  • Oita
  • Okinawa
  • Osaka
  • Sapporo
  • Tokyo
Laos
  • Vientiane
Malaysia
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Singapore
Nepal
  • Kathmandu
Philippines
  • Manila
Sri Lanka
  • Colombo
Thailand
  • Bangkok
  • Chiang Mai
  • Phuket
Taiwan
  • Taipei
Vietnam
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
Germany
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  • Dusseldorf
  • Frankfurt
  • Hamburg
  • Munich
England
  • London
Austria
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Belgium
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  • Copenhagen
Spain
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  • Ibiza
  • Madrid
  • Seville
France
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  • Brest
  • Lyon
  • Marseille
  • Montpellier
  • Nantes
  • Nice
  • Paris
  • Strasbourg
  • Toulouse
Finland
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Italy
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  • Naples
  • Rome
  • Venice
Latvia
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Netherlands
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Portugal
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  • Porto
Norway
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Czech Republic
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Sweden
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  • Stockholm
Switzerland
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3 days in Ouvea

The closest island to paradise

With its narrow neck of land connecting the northern and southern segments, Ouvéa’s peculiar shape is familiar to everyone. Having booked your air ticket to Noumea, you can carry on to this island which has been nicknamed « the closest island to paradise ».

Day 1

The wonders of the South

Mouli Beach

If your mind is set on long white-sand beaches streching out into infinity, your flight to New Caledonia will transport you to the holiday site you have been dreaming of. Mouli Beach, location of the Hotel Paradis d’Ouvéa, invites you to put down your towel and have a dip in its turquoise waters. Looking out from the Mouli bridge, you can enjoy an endless procession of rays, turtles and other marine animals.

Tour to the Pleiades

To its north and south, the island of Ouvéa is extended by clusters of islets, known as the Pléiades. The dozen or so to the south are spread out over several kilometres. Pierre, a local guide, organizes excursions out to sea to discover these tiny gems of nature. On the programme: the boat trip, snorkeling to observe throngs of underwater creatures and some  homemade snacks for refreshment.

Trip to the Blue Hole of Hanawa

Finally, in the narrowest, central part of the island, there is the Blue Hole of Hanawa. The two coasts here are scarcely 40 metres apart! The blue hole, easily located at the side of the road, is actually a well filled with seawater and a thin layer of fresh water on the surface. After these aquatic adventures, make your way back to Mouli beach, so as not to miss the spectacular sunset.   

 

Day 2

The North and its marine life

Scuba diving at the Taurus Pass

Book your flight to Noumea and connection to Ouvéa, where the sea is always the centre of the island’s life and activties. For amateur divers, this is one of the best spots in New Caledonia. Head to the Pléiades du Nord (Northern Pléiades) or find the pass at Taureau. Thanks to its extraordinary visibility, this is the rendez-vous site for many large pelagic species, such as the dogtooth tuna, or manta and leopard rays.

The shark pass

In the north of the island, Antoine, another local guide, offers walking tours departing from Saint-Joseph, to visit the beach at Grand Nord, with its shark run. Lemon sharks have taken up the custom of coming here to reproduce and it is not unusual to see their young ones swimming around. This species has the peculiar habit of returning to own place of origin to give birth to the next generation.

Day 3

A protected nature

Meeting with the parakeet of Ouvéa

The famous Ouvéa parakeet is endemic to the island, and one of the most endangered species in the Pacific. The majority of these psittacidaes live in the large forest in the north of the island. They can be seen around the Gite Beauvoisin and in the Gossana Commune. Guided tours to observe them are also available.

The art of handicraft

It is also worthwhile stopping to see the oil mill at Wadrilla. Ouvéa began to produce copra oil at the beginning of the 1990’s, benefiting from its 3,000-plus-hectare coconut grove. The product is used to manufacture biofuel, as well as being a raw material for soap.

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