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New Caledonia Travel Guide

Poindimié

This small town of under 5,000 inhabitants, 308 km from Nouméa, was founded during WW II, as several Quonset huts attest, and today it's the administrative center of the northeast coast.

Stock up at the supermarkets or change money at one of the banks. If you're driving, be sure to tank up at Poindimié, because there's no gasoline at Hienghène, and unleaded fuel may not be available again until Koumac.

Koyaboa Hill offers a fine overlook from its 390-meter summit. Take the first paved road up the hill after the Quonset huts west of Hôtel Le Tapoundari. This soon becomes a grassy track, and you must walk to reach the radio towers on top.

The public swimming pool at the east entrance to town features a 1951 mosaic by Victor Vasarely, the famous Hungarian creator of op-art. A traditional Kanak case is between the traffic circle at the west end of town and the beach.

The scuba diving in this area is good because there isn't any mine-produced erosion killing the reefs with sediment. Tieti Diving, based at the Tieti Tera Beach Resort in Poindimié, offers dive trips and it's wise to book a few days in advance.

At the Tiwaka River, 13 km north of Poindimié, a new road cuts across the island to Koné.

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