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Outdoors activities in New Caledonia

OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES IN NEW CALEDONIA

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Outdoors activities in New Caledonia

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Outdoors activities in New Caledonia

FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS Introduction New Caledonia is such a beautiful place like New Zealand, Australia or French Polynesia. However nowadays New Caledonia still remains unknown from general public. This country does not have a strong international image as upper mentioned countries. In fact, its name does not evoke to tourists those various and vivid connotations of nature and adventure which inspired and motivated people to travel around the Pacific. As a consequence, tourists do not come massively: around 100.000 a year; and tourism industry is not much developed either. It is a situation that hopefully New Caledonia will overcome as, from a lot of points of view; this place can compete with the most touristic countries of the Pacific area. Indeed, New Caledonia has in terms of beauty and diversity a luxurious and preserve nature similar to Jurassic time. Thus, you can practice diverse outdoors activities and sports in exceptional locations. Through a presentation of some of them, this booklet has the aim to be representative of what holidays or weekends can be in New Caledonia for Nature’s fans. In fact, the objective is to show how ideal is this country due to its astounding resources for fun. Thus, we will go through three themes: 

Theme n° 1 : GO AQUA

Theme n° 2 : GO ADVENTURE

Theme n° 3 : GO EXTREME

Fortunately, it might give some ideas of travel or at least but not last it will participate to the construction of a New Caledonian international image and imaginary. For information, pictures which illustrate this file were all taken during our personal excursions.

Quick prior cultural point James Cook discovered the island in 1774 and named it “New Caledonia” in honors of Scotland due to similar mountains. Then, New Caledonia became French in 1853 and has nowadays a “sui generi” legal status in the French Ve Republic. This special organization provides New Caledonia with its own Government and Parliament which both rule the territory of the island and with a specific citizenship aside French nationality. Nowadays, the economy mainly relies on nickel mining (30% of global resources are in New Caledonia). This explains with mountains and foils are extremely red.

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LEVEL : DIFFICULT

Outdoors activities in New Caledonia

GO AQUA

Scuba-diving What is it? Scuba-diving is an extreme underwater sport which was popularized in the second part of the XX th century. To be able to practice it, you should have a diploma like a Level I (20 meters deep), II (40 meters deep), III or IV in French system or a “PADI” which is worldwide recognized. If not, you can still enjoy a short dive from 5 to 8 meters deep with an instructor as a complete beginner.

BUDGET : 90 euros

What you need?

Usually, the equipment is provided by the club which will take you on the diving site. Thus, you should receive a wetsuit, flippers, a dive mask, an oxygen cylinder and a regulator to be able to breathe underwater.

What may you experience? A lot of people practice this discipline in New Caledonia as underwater world has unique and fabulous landscapes. Besides, UNESCO recognized New Caledonia’s lagoon world heritage site in 2008. On the top of that, aquatic fauna and flora are extremely developed and colorful.

WHERE YOU MUST GO « Pointe de Easo »

You will experience a peaceful and impressive moment breathing underwater and somehow flying 20 meters deep. You should see coral reef, turtles, sharks, clown fishes etc. If you are lucky enough, you may see manta rays, dolphins or whales in August and September during giving birth season. Finally, at “Pointe de Easo”, you can go under rocks where sunrays make caves look like an old medieval church. Just amazing.

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What you may see

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LEVEL : EASY

GO AQUA

Snorkeling What is it? Snorkeling is another way to enjoy New Caledonian lagoon. It is famous as it is much cheaper and easier than scuba diving. Snorkeling can be done anywhere in New Caledonia without required qualifications. Even if you just stay near the coast, you will see as many things as a scuba-diver. Despite that, it is recommended to pay attention to meteorological conditions, tides and to the specificities of the site you want to explore. You might find as well two or three underwater tracks around New Caledonia with submarine indications about fishes or corals. BUDGET: 0 to 10 Euros (for underwater tracks)

What you need?

Your equipment is quite simple if you want to experience snorkeling. Basically, you will need a mask with a tuba in order to breathe normally at surface. You will need as well some flippers to not get tired too quickly and to be able to swim with more strength if you encounter streams. What you will see is so beautiful that it is recommended to bring a submarine camera or even a GoPro which fits perfectly as well.

What may you experience? As scuba diving, snorkeling will bring you to astounding places. You will enjoy the view of colorful corals for kilometers. Just for the record, New Caledonia is surrounded by a double-barrier coral reef which is the second longest in world just after Australia’s great barrier. WHERE YOU MUST GO

« Tombant de Yaté »

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The main difficulty of snorkeling is just to learn how to breathe with a tuba. You will have to be calm and confident. The first time you try might be difficult as it is not exactly a natural way of breathing. Yet, once you would master how to, your trips would last longer and you will have more chance to discover the multiplicity of New Caledonian natural treasure.


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LEVEL : MODERATE

GO ADVENTURE

Jet skiing What is it? Jet skiing is a motorized sport you can practice on water near coasts if you are over eighteen. Driving a jet ski is easy and similar to driving a scooter. You control the speed of the engine with your right hand and there are no breaks. However, it is a very powerful engine and as a consequence it can be dangerous. The fastest ones can go up to 100 km/per hour when the sea is very calm. Thus, it is strongly recommended to follow all security instructions. BUDGET: 50 Euros / 2 hours

What you need?

If you live in New Caledonia, you might have your own jet ski. The equipment needed in that case is quite important as you have to take care of the engine, drive it to a storage etc. On vacation, you will only need glasses to prevent you from salted waves, a swim suit and/or a very good sun cream to protect you from the sun.

What may you experience? Jet skiing gives you a incredible sensation of freedom probably due to the speed, the possibility to explore unaccessible coasts or islands and the magnificence of the ocean. WHERE YOU MUST GO

Ilot Bailly – Mont Dore

You can practice it in a sportive way by taking waves, racing or doing some wakeboarding: it is another aquatic activity you can practice when waves are not too strong. In fact, the jet ski will tow you until you reach the strength to get up on the water. Nevertheless, this sport is difficult so you must be in good health conditions and not to fear about aches the next day.

You can as well enjoy it to explore the lagoon. It is quite common to see dugongs and turtles in these conditions. Besides, you will be able to reach amazingly blue water or desert beaches to have a swim on your own.

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LEVEL : EASY

GO ADVENTURE

Mountain biking What is it? Mountain biking is a faster way than hiking to discover New Caledonia’s bush. It is similar to regular cycling. However, you will use a mountain bike with bigger wheels and suspensions. It will allow you to go off-road on any type of rough tracks. Thus, you would be able to bike through rivers or on the top of small canyons. In fact, you can go anywhere yours legs allow you to go.

BUDGET: 30 Euros / half day

What you need?

You will need a mountain bike, which you can rent, shoes and a helmet for security. Besides, you will definitely need a swim suit as you will frequently find some rivers or waterfalls where you can rest and swim during your trip. It is recommended as well to carry one and a half liter of water per person for a 20 to 30 km trip.

What may you experience? There are a few cycling tracks that you can enjoy to discover New Caledonian biodiversity. Indeed you would see amazing terrestrial fauna and flora like orchids which are endemic as 80% of New Caledonian flora. Besides, you would cycle on the particular red soil of New Caledonia which is typical of WHERE YOU MUST GO the south island area. You can as well follow tracks through ancient rain forests where tree ferns grow.

Netcha

Another great experience is to enjoy a 360° view of the country side seeing East and West coasts at the same time. In fact, New Caledonia is only 50 km large on 400 km long for main island.

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LEVEL : MODERATE

GO EXTREME

Sky Diving What is it? Skydiving is an extreme sport. For beginners, you would be tight to a skydiving instructor in order to jump from a plane from 3000 to 10.000 feet. Thus, you will have more or less 45 seconds of tandem freefall. Then, your instructor will open a parachute to low down your descent until you reach earth. New Caledonia is one of the greatest places to practice this sport as you can enjoy the landscape, the ocean and the mangrove during your jump. Besides, New Caledonia is famous for its sky’s views thanks to Yann Arthus Bertrand.

BUDGET: 450 Euros / jump

What you need?

You will need a jumper as it might be cool at 3000 feet and glasses to be able to see properly around you. You will not be allow to take a camera with you for security reasons. Nevertheless, for extra charges, your instructor can record a video of your jump.

What may you experience? Skydiving will give you an adrenaline shot. It is a extremely impressive experience from the beginning to the end. The plane you are jumping from is open on both sides. Thus, you already see during WHERE YOU MUST GO the flight how the soil is getting smaller and smaller. Then, you have to sit and take your jump outside the plane. You might be speechless and breathless. For your first experience, you might be more obessed by the earth getting closer than suroundings. It is a unique experience.

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*** The End ***

For information, this sign

corresponds to the coat of arms of New Caledonia.

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