In the North Province, nature lovers are literally overwhelmed by how different and magnificent the landscape is from one valley to the next. You can explore it in various ways:
There is nothing more magical than setting off on foot, penetrating into the heart of the natural world with local guides who will give visitors the benefit of their botanical and historical knowledge, along with a few hair-raising tales. You will also encounter the ghosts of the past when going through the remains of old mines.
In nearly all the districts of the North, horse treks will take you to sites that are inaccessible by any other means. In this way, you can cross the mountain chain and bivouac there. A privilege not to be missed! From the ridges, you look out over both the mountain chain and the lagoon, splendid scenery as far as the eye can see. Here the horse is king and in the tribal villages the vast majority of trekking guides have done training courses. The rides will thus be enlivened with commentaries on the plants and traditional life and amusing anecdotes. The packages generally include a half-day or full-day ride with a meal or bivouac. And if you do the trip with a bushman, expect just as many special moments with men who know the tracks of their region like the back of their hand, and who will tell you lovingly about their country. The ideal, of course, would be to do both.
Combining climbing, swimming and fresh air, canyoning is a dynamic and refreshing sport. First you have to hike and climb to get to the top of a site (generally magnificent, that’s the aim). Then you abseil down the cascades and waterfalls, all in an environment like paradise. And finally, you swim in the rivers as a reward for and relaxation after your effort. At Canala, the Ciu cascade offers a unique site with a 70 metre abseil straight down, with a sumptuous panoramic view over the large Canala Bay in the background. A real delight for adrenalin lovers!
You aren’t a great athlete? Then explore the bush at your own pace, from gîte to gîte, from farm to farm. You will thus be introduced to the way of life of people here, whether in the tribal areas or villages. New Caledonians, whatever their colour, will give you a friendly welcome and let you into the secrets of their regions. Consider also botanical visits on the farms, bird-watching, introductions to the techniques of local craft, weaving and head sculptures. Let yourself be carried by the Pacific rhythm and the lovely encounters it leads to.