Many caves dot Grande Terre and the islands and many of them still retain a sacred feature for the nearby Kanak people. The same applies to Tchalabel Caves in Ouégoa.

Mentioned since 1917 in the story that the Swiss naturalist Fritz Sarasin devoted to his long stay in New Caledonia (1911-1912), the Tchalabel Caves retain a mystery that deserves a close attention.

Now, the caves are visited only on reservation (inquire at the Ouegoa town hall which will give you a guide). A half-day walk through the Niaouli Savannah and the forest will allow you reach the caves. Trekkers can push further up to Kanak burial ground where bats and Imperial-Pigeons have chosen to make their home...

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