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New Caledonia Travel Guide

Hand Line Fishing
Hand line fishing on Kanumé Bay, Isle of Pines.

Sports and Activities

Organized sporting activities are most easily arranged at Nouméa and on the Isle of Pines. The sheltered waters from Nouméa to Prony Bay and the Isle of Pines are a prime cruising area and bareboat or crewed yacht charters are readily available. Windsurfers ply the waters off Nouméa's Anse Vata and the Isle of Pines's Kuto Bay. The Isle of Pines is also ideal for sea kayaking, and both canoeing and kayaking are offered on the Néra River at Bourail.

Several companies offer scuba diving from Nouméa, and other dive shops are on the Isle of Pines, Lifou, and Ouvéa, at Bourail, Poindimié, and Hienghène Club Med, and north of Koumac. There's a recompression chamber next to Hôpital "Gaston Bourret", avenue Paul Doumer, Nouméa. There are few places to snorkel on Grande Terre and you really do need a boat to get out to the barrier reef. To see coral from shore, you must go to the Loyalty Islands or the Isle of Pines.

Horseback riding is the favorite terrestrial recreational activity among the local French, and several well established ranches are near Koné. There are numerous hiking opportunities around these large islands. The best-known long-distance hike is across the mountains from the Hienghène valley to Voh. Nouméa has two 18-hole golf courses, and another 18-hole course is near Boulouparis.