The land, sea, forest and mountains make up the natural diversity New Caledonia, so you can enjoy environments that are as different as they are thrilling. And rightly so! Comfortably nestled in the middle of the South Pacific, this archipelago remains a one-of-a-kind, a combination of rare and conserved natural areas.
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When the rocks put on a show
In northern Grande Terre, unusual geological formations offer every visitor a fascinating spectacle. Black, jagged cliffs fall into the ocean, the Brooding Hen watches the horizon, the Sphinx is also attentive, and the Lying Man remains peaceful. The shapes formed by the rocks over the millennia can be discovered on foot, by car or kayak will delight your eyes.
Among the natural splendors of New Caledonia, mangroves are also some the world’s most unique discoveries. Take a simple walk to observe how they work and their ecological richness, or a land or air excursion so you can admire the famous Heart of Voh, immortalized by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The nature here is fragile, shifting and moving.
After crossing and sailing the seas, sailors never failed to be impressed by the creations of nature in the middle of the vast ocean. The small sandy island that has hosted the Amédée lighthouse since 1865 combines all the wonders of nature: gorgeous seascapes teeming with fish, a sparkling beach with white sand reflecting the sunlight, the possibility to swim, dive, splash around and perhaps run into a curious turtle. This is a break in nature right next to the city.
In the Blue River Provincial Park or the Giant Ferns park, paths lead visitors/hikers into the heart of vegetation inherited over the millennia far from any civilization. Rare and protected species can now be admired on walks of any skill level and only ask to be quietly enjoyed by careful visitors.
A variety of colors
Nature in the Great South offers an incomparable playground to marvel at incredible natural sites. Between the red earth, which is as arid as it is rich in ore, the sparse vegetation fighting for survival and protected species in the water, from the lake of Yaté to the Madeleine waterfalls, you just need to keep your eyes open and you feel like you’re visiting another world.