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Ouvéa Wetland, Natural beach

Hnimêk

A fascinating ecosystem threatened by rising waters, the extreme north of the main island of Ouvéa offers landscapes suspended between sky and sea.

The north of the island of Ouvéa is a long procession of islets that stretch into the Great Ocean. Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since July 2008, the lagoon of this atoll, with a perfume of Polynesia, offers the intimate sensations of land that is still virgin. The sea and the sky mingle in a mist of intense light. Antoine leads his hikers to the sustaining mangrove, the dry forest and the shark nursery. At the beginning of the hot season, dozens of lemon sharks (Negaprion acutidens), black-tip lagoon sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus), and white-tip lagoon or coral sharks (Triaenodon obesus) gather in the lagoon near the beach to mate and streak the blue surface with their fins. A journey of sand, coral, light and wind. He guides walkers towards the Faasi Channel, a breach that separates the main island of Iaaï from the Islet Unyee which is home to a huge mangrove area rich in biodiversity, where the inhabitants of the Teouta Tribe go crab fishing.

Spoken languages

  • French

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  • All year round.

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Luengöni Cave
Cave

Luengöni Cave

Lifou
Near Luengöni Beach, a network of galleries leads to an underground pool with cool and clear refreshing water.
Sandalwood Bay
Bay

Sandalwood Bay

Lifou
Sandalwood Bay stretches for nearly 50 km, from Cap Mandé in the south to Cap Aimé Martin in the north.
Northern Pleiades
Island

Northern Pleiades

Ouvéa
The Atoll of Ouvéa is closed to the west by a string of uninhabited islets and sandbanks that stretch like comet tails clinging to the ends of the main island, these are known as the Northern and Southern Pleiades, and they are separated by the Anemata Pass.
Mouli Bridge
Viewpoint

Mouli Bridge

Ouvéa
The bridge of Mouli spans the inlet that separates the main island of Ouvéa from the island of Mouli, and where a photo break is essential!
Turtle Hole
Natural wonder

Turtle Hole

Ouvéa
Hidden under the cover of trees near the Takedji tribal village this water hole serves as a refuge for a large number of turtles
Xodre Cliffs
Cliff

Xodre Cliffs

Lifou
Just south of Lifou, the cliffs of Xodre are a wild and mineral place, from where you can see Tiga island and even Maré island in good weather.
Pethoen Cave
Cave

Pethoen Cave

Maré
Hidden in the forest about fifty metres from the main road, Pethoen Cave is home to a variety of magnificent stalactites.
Hanawa Blue Hole
Natural wonder

Hanawa Blue Hole

Ouvéa
Wedged between the beach and the road, the Blue Hole of Hanawa is a seawater hole 30 metres in diameter, and of unknown depth.
Lékiny Bay
Bay

Lékiny Bay

Ouvéa
Lékiny Bay, a beautiful, well-sheltered body of water with unique colours, is a customary fishing reserve for the people of the Fayawa tribal village, a small island located in the bay.
Natural Aquarium
Natural wonder

Natural Aquarium

Maré
This natural basin with its crystal-clear waters, fed by the passage of the sea under the coral, serves as a refuge for turtles and fish.
Southern Pleiades
Island

Southern Pleiades

Ouvéa
The Atoll of Ouvéa is closed to the west by a string of uninhabited islets and sandbanks that stretch like comet tails clinging to the ends of the main island, the Northern and Southern Pleiades, separated by the Anemata Pass.
The potholes of Cap des Pins
Coral reef

The potholes of Cap des Pins

Lifou
A site by the sea where waves and swells have formed potholes in the coral formations.
Niri Bay
Bay

Niri Bay

Maré
Niri Bay, embellished with small coves of coral rocks opening out on the lagoon, is an ideal spot for swimming and snorkelling. You can also observe dolphins that come every year to breed in its turquoise waters.
Cape Wabao
Cape

Cape Wabao

Maré
Cape Wabao dominates the southwest of the island with its coral terraces bristling with columnar pines, overlooking small rocky coves with transparent waters that are rich in a wide variety of fish, ideal for snorkelling.
The Jila Cave
Cave

The Jila Cave

Lifou
At Wedrumel you can discover the largest underground cave in Lifou.
The Jewels of Inagoj
Curiosité naturelle,Forêt,Mare

The Jewels of Inagoj

Lifou
Emerald green water holes are hidden in the middle of a lush forest.
Bone Hole
Natural wonder

Bone Hole

Maré
The Bone hole is an impressive coral sinkhole some 40 m deep and 30 m in diameter, and which is just a few metres from the road.
Anubet Cave
Cave

Anubet Cave

Ouvéa
Nestled in the heart of the forest that covers the south of the island, you can discover Anubet cave.
Lékiny Cliffs
Falaise,Récif corallien

Lékiny Cliffs

Ouvéa
The majestic cliffs at Lékiny stretch for nearly 3 kilometres and are about twenty metres high at their highest point.
Fayawa Islet
Island

Fayawa Islet

Ouvéa
Fayawa Islet is located south of Ouvéa Island, between Mouli Island and Lékiny Cliffs.
The Devil's Cave
Cave

The Devil's Cave

Lifou
Northeast of Lifou, the Devil's Cave is a mysterious place full of legends.
Warrior’s Leap
Falaise,Point de vue

Warrior’s Leap

Maré
7 km from La Roche, legend has it that a warrior, cornered by his enemies, crossed with a single leap this seven-metre-wide ravine in the cliffs overlooking Allier Bay.
The Jokin Cliffs
Falaise,Point de vue

The Jokin Cliffs

Lifou
Magnificent cliffs overlooking the lagoon and located north of the island in the Jokin tribal village.
Shabadran Bay
Falaise,Récif corallien,Baie

Shabadran Bay

Maré
The small bay of Shabadran, protected by a collection of cliffs and columnar pines is one of the most beautiful sites in New Caledonia, it is accessible via an excursion that is as unforgettable as it is demanding!

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