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<ul><li><p>Outdoors activities in New Caledonia </p><p>Page 1 sur 14 </p><p>OUTDOORS ACTIVITIES IN NEW CALEDONIA </p></li><li><p>Outdoors activities in New Caledonia </p><p>Page 2 sur 14 </p></li><li><p>Outdoors activities in New Caledonia </p><p>Page 3 sur 14 </p><p>FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN TO THE TOP OF </p><p>THE MOUNTAINS </p><p>Introduction </p><p>New Caledonia is such a beautiful place like New Zealand, Australia or French Polynesia. However </p><p>nowadays New Caledonia still remains unknown from general public. This country does not have a </p><p>strong international image as upper mentioned countries. In fact, its name does not evoke to tourists </p><p>those various and vivid connotations of nature and adventure which inspired and motivated people </p><p>to travel around the Pacific. </p><p>As a consequence, tourists do not come massively: around 100.000 a year; and tourism industry is </p><p>not much developed either. It is a situation that hopefully New Caledonia will overcome as, from a </p><p>lot of points of view; this place can compete with the most touristic countries of the Pacific area. </p><p>Indeed, New Caledonia has in terms of beauty and diversity a luxurious and preserve nature similar </p><p>to Jurassic time. Thus, you can practice diverse outdoors activities and sports in exceptional </p><p>locations. Through a presentation of some of them, this booklet has the aim to be representative of </p><p>what holidays or weekends can be in New Caledonia for Natures fans. In fact, the objective is to </p><p>show how ideal is this country due to its astounding resources for fun. </p><p>Thus, we will go through three themes: </p><p> Theme n 1 : GO AQUA </p><p> Theme n 2 : GO ADVENTURE </p><p> Theme n 3 : GO EXTREME </p><p>Fortunately, it might give some ideas of travel or at least but not last it will participate to the </p><p>construction of a New Caledonian international image and imaginary. </p><p>For information, pictures which illustrate this file were all taken during our personal excursions. </p><p>Quick prior cultural point </p><p>James Cook discovered the island in 1774 and named it New Caledonia in honors of Scotland due </p><p>to similar mountains. Then, New Caledonia became French in 1853 and has nowadays a sui generi </p><p>legal status in the French Ve Republic. This special organization provides New Caledonia with its own </p><p>Government and Parliament which both rule the territory of the island and with a specific citizenship </p><p>aside French nationality. Nowadays, the economy mainly relies on nickel mining (30% of global </p><p>resources are in New Caledonia). This explains with mountains and foils are extremely red. </p></li><li><p>Outdoors activities in New Caledonia </p><p>Page 4 sur 14 </p><p>GO AQUA </p><p>Scuba-diving What is it? </p><p>Scuba-diving is an extreme underwater sport which was popularized in the second part of the XXth </p><p>century. To be able to practice it, you should have a diploma like a Level I (20 meters deep), II (40 </p><p>meters deep), III or IV in French system or a PADI which is worldwide recognized. If not, you can still </p><p>enjoy a short dive from 5 to 8 meters deep with an instructor as a complete beginner. </p><p>What you need? </p><p>Usually, the equipment is provided by the club which will take you on the diving </p><p>site. Thus, you should receive a wetsuit, flippers, a dive mask, an oxygen cylinder and a regulator to </p><p>be able to breathe underwater. </p><p>What may you experience? </p><p>A lot of people practice this discipline in New Caledonia as underwater world has unique and </p><p>fabulous landscapes. Besides, UNESCO recognized New Caledonias lagoon world heritage site in </p><p>2008. On the top of that, aquatic fauna and flora are extremely developed and colorful. </p><p>You will experience a peaceful and </p><p>impressive moment breathing underwater </p><p>and somehow flying 20 meters deep. You </p><p>should see coral reef, turtles, sharks, clown </p><p>fishes etc. If you are lucky enough, you may </p><p>see manta rays, dolphins or whales in </p><p>August and September during giving birth </p><p>season. </p><p>Finally, at Pointe de Easo, you can go </p><p>under rocks where sunrays make caves look </p><p>like an old medieval church. Just amazing. </p><p>WHERE YOU MUST GO Pointe de </p><p>Easo </p><p>LEVEL : DIFFICULT </p><p>BUDGET : 90 euros </p></li><li><p>Outdoors activities in New Caledonia </p><p>Page 5 sur 14 </p><p>What you may see </p></li><li><p>Outdoors activities in New Caledonia </p><p>Page 6 sur 14 </p><p>GO AQUA </p><p>Snorkeling </p><p>What is it? </p><p>Snorkeling is another way to enjoy New Caledonian lagoon. It is famous as it is much cheaper and </p><p>easier than scuba diving. Snorkeling can be done anywhere in New Caledonia without required </p><p>qualifications. Even if you just stay near the coast, you will see as many things as a scuba-diver. </p><p>Despite that, it is recommended to pay attention to meteorological conditions, tides and to the </p><p>specificities of the site you want to explore. You might find as well two or three underwater tracks </p><p>around New Caledonia with submarine indications about fishes or corals. </p><p>What you need? </p><p>Your equipment is quite simple if you want to experience snorkeling. </p><p>Basically, you will need a mask with a tuba in order to breathe normally at surface. You will need as </p><p>well some flippers to not get tired too quickly and to be able to swim with more strength if you </p><p>encounter streams. </p><p>What you will see is so beautiful that it is </p><p>recommended to bring a submarine camera or </p><p>even a GoPro which fits perfectly as well. </p><p>What may you experience? </p><p>As scuba diving, snorkeling will bring you to astounding places. You will enjoy the view of colorful </p><p>corals for kilometers. Just for the record, New Caledonia is surrounded by a double-barrier coral reef </p><p>which is the second longest in world just </p><p>after Australias great barrier. </p><p>The main difficulty of snorkeling is just to </p><p>learn how to breathe with a tuba. You will </p><p>have to be calm and confident. The first </p><p>time you try might be difficult as it is not </p><p>exactly a natural way of breathing. Yet, </p><p>once you would master how to, your trips </p><p>would last longer and you will have more </p><p>chance to discover the multiplicity of New </p><p>Caledonian natural treasure. </p><p> Tombant </p><p>de Yat </p><p> WHERE YOU MUST GO </p><p>BUDGET: 0 to 10 Euros (for underwater tracks) </p><p>LEVEL : EASY </p></li><li><p>Outdoors activities in New Caledonia </p><p>Page 7 sur 14 </p><p>What you may see </p></li><li><p>Outdoors activities in New Caledonia </p><p>Page 8 sur 14 </p><p>GO ADVENTURE </p><p>Jet skiing What is it? </p><p>Jet skiing is a motorized sport you can practice on water near coasts if you are over eighteen. Driving </p><p>a jet ski is easy and similar to driving a scooter. You control the speed of the engine with your right </p><p>hand and there are no breaks. However, it is a very powerful engine and as a consequence it can be </p><p>dangerous. The fastest ones can go up to 100 km/per hour when the sea is very calm. Thus, it is </p><p>strongly recommended to follow all security instructions. </p><p>What you need? </p><p>If you live in New Caledonia, you might have your own jet ski. </p><p>The equipment needed in that case is quite important as you have to take care of the engine, drive it </p><p>to a storage etc. </p><p>On vacation, you will only need glasses to prevent you from </p><p>salted waves, a swim suit and/or a very good sun cream to </p><p>protect you from the sun. </p><p>What may you experience? </p><p>Jet skiing gives you a incredible sensation of freedom probably due to the speed, the possibility to </p><p>explore unaccessible coasts or islands and the magnificence of the ocean. </p><p>You can practice it in a sportive way by </p><p>taking waves, racing or doing some </p><p>wakeboarding: it is another aquatic activity </p><p>you can practice when waves are not too </p><p>strong. In fact, the jet ski will tow you until </p><p>you reach the strength to get up on the </p><p>water. Nevertheless, this sport is difficult so </p><p>you must be in good health conditions and </p><p>not to fear about aches the next day. </p><p>You can as well enjoy it to explore the </p><p>lagoon. It is quite common to see dugongs and turtles in these conditions. Besides, you will be able to </p><p>reach amazingly blue water or desert beaches to have a swim on your own. </p><p> WHERE YOU MUST GO </p><p>BUDGET: 50 Euros / 2 hours </p><p>LEVEL : MODERATE </p><p>Ilot Bailly </p><p>Mont Dore </p></li><li><p>Outdoors activities in New Caledonia </p><p>Page 9 sur 14 </p><p>What you may see </p></li><li><p>Outdoors activities in New Caledonia </p><p>Page 10 sur 14 </p><p>GO ADVENTURE </p><p>Mountain biking </p><p>What is it? </p><p>Mountain biking is a faster way than hiking to discover New Caledonias bush. It is similar to regular </p><p>cycling. However, you will use a mountain bike with bigger wheels and suspensions. It will allow you </p><p>to go off-road on any type of rough tracks. Thus, you would be able to bike through rivers or on the </p><p>top of small canyons. In fact, you can go anywhere yours legs allow you to go. </p><p>What you need? </p><p>You will need a mountain bike, which you can rent, shoes and a helmet for security. Besides, you will </p><p>definitely need a swim suit as you will frequently find some rivers or waterfalls where you can rest </p><p>and swim during your trip. </p><p>It is recommended as well to carry one and a </p><p>half liter of water per person for a 20 to 30 </p><p>km trip. </p><p>What may you experience? </p><p>There are a few cycling tracks that you can enjoy to discover New Caledonian biodiversity. Indeed </p><p>you would see amazing terrestrial fauna and flora like orchids which are endemic as 80% of New </p><p>Caledonian flora. </p><p>Besides, you would cycle on the particular </p><p>red soil of New Caledonia which is typical of </p><p>the south island area. </p><p>You can as well follow tracks through </p><p>ancient rain forests where tree ferns grow. </p><p>Another great experience is to enjoy a 360 </p><p>view of the country side seeing East and </p><p>West coasts at the same time. In fact, New </p><p>Caledonia is only 50 km large on 400 km </p><p>long for main island. </p><p>BUDGET: 30 Euros / half day </p><p>LEVEL : EASY </p><p>Netcha </p><p> WHERE YOU MUST GO </p></li><li><p>Outdoors activities in New Caledonia </p><p>Page 11 sur 14 </p><p>What you may see </p></li><li><p>Outdoors activities in New Caledonia </p><p>Page 12 sur 14 </p><p>GO EXTREME </p><p>Sky Diving </p><p>What is it? </p><p>Skydiving is an extreme sport. For beginners, you would be tight to a skydiving instructor in order to </p><p>jump from a plane from 3000 to 10.000 feet. Thus, you will have more or less 45 seconds of tandem </p><p>freefall. Then, your instructor will open a parachute to low down your descent until you reach earth. </p><p>New Caledonia is one of the greatest places to practice this sport as you can enjoy the landscape, the </p><p>ocean and the mangrove during your jump. Besides, New Caledonia is famous for its skys views </p><p>thanks to Yann Arthus Bertrand. </p><p>What you need? </p><p>You will need a jumper as it might be cool at 3000 feet and glasses </p><p>to be able to see properly around you. You will not be allow to take a camera with you for security </p><p>reasons. Nevertheless, for extra charges, your instructor can record a video of your jump. </p><p>What may you experience? </p><p>Skydiving will give you an adrenaline shot. It is a extremely impressive experience from the beginning </p><p>to the end. </p><p>The plane you are jumping from is open on </p><p>both sides. Thus, you already see during </p><p>the flight how the soil is getting smaller and </p><p>smaller. </p><p>Then, you have to sit and take your jump </p><p>outside the plane. You might be speechless </p><p>and breathless. For your first experience, </p><p>you might be more obessed by the earth </p><p>getting closer than suroundings. </p><p>It is a unique experience. </p><p> WHERE YOU MUST GO </p><p>BUDGET: 450 Euros / jump </p><p>LEVEL : MODERATE </p></li><li><p>Outdoors activities in New Caledonia </p><p>Page 13 sur 14 </p><p>What you may see </p></li><li><p>Outdoors activities in New Caledonia </p><p>Page 14 sur 14 </p><p>*** </p><p>The End </p><p>*** </p><p>For information, this sign corresponds to the coat of arms of New Caledonia. </p></li></ul>