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East Coast

East Coast

Grand Terre’s East Coast is a beautiful region to discover as part of a self-drive itinerary due to its stunning scenic views. Its landscape is lush and mountainous. The coastline is edged by foothills covered in beautiful vegetation, and there are plenty of walking trails to suit all levels of fitness and time frames. Authentic and undeveloped, the area is mainly populated by the Kanak people, the original inhabitants of New Caledonia.

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East Coast

THE EAST COAST

Grand Terre’s East Coast is a beautiful region to discover as part of a self-drive itinerary due to its stunning scenic views. Its landscape is lush and mountainous. The coastline is edged by foothills covered in beautiful vegetation, and there are plenty of walking trails to suit all levels of fitness and time frames. Authentic and undeveloped, the area is mainly populated by the Kanak people, the original inhabitants of New Caledonia, whose tribes live in traditional huts in small communities up and down the coast. Their culture is full of song, dance and sculpture. From hidden waterfalls, luxuriant valleys to bamboo forests and magnificent tree ferns dotting the hillside, this region is perfect for nature lovers of all ages. The Coast also offers amazing snorkelling spots. The barrier reef offers a wide variety of amazing and colourful coral.

Our Must Dos in The East Coast

Around Poindimie
• Take a diving or snorkelling trip to several sites with stunning coral, peaks, canyons, arches and drops. The coral reef is home to tropical fish, turtles, humpback parrot-fish and reef sharks.
• The coastline is a series of small villages, homes to each with many tribes whose traditional huts, with pointed roofs, emerge from the vegetation.

Around Hienghène
• Stop at the Viewpoint for one of the most beautiful spots on the island, at Hienghène Bay, where you’ll see huge isolated rock formations named ‘Sphinx’ and ‘Brooding Hen’.
• The majestic Tao Falls, then climb to the top of Mount Panie, New Caledonia’s highest peak.
• Visit the Cultural Centre Goa Ma Bwarhat where you will find authentic handicrafts.
• Thio Village is beside the Thio River and is a colonial-style town well worth visiting.

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New Caledonia East Coast

New Caledonia is the best kept secret of the Pacific Islands, infused with a French flavour. Read more about the East Coast and see how we can help.

Koulnoué Village is located near Hienghene, in a beautiful coconut grove by the sea. A great base for trips onto the lagoon and boat tours to the Linderalique Rocks. There is opportunity to visit tribal villages and take trips on the Hienghene River. The East coast really gives you a feel for indigenous culture. It will be an inclusive cultural experience. The customary gesture is central to Kanak culture. The tribes have responsibility to maintain rest areas for travellers and to keep the road clean and tidy. Their culture is full of traditions. From hidden waterfalls, luxuriant valleys to bamboo forests, this region is perfect for nature lovers of all ages.

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