New Caledonia: On the way to Poingam

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Our stops after Bourail were Kone, Koumac and Poum on the far north.

There are some great beaches along the way, perfect to stop and refresh a little bit whenever you want.

In Koumac we stayed at Gite du Lagun. I have to recommend this place. It is a perfect camping spot and the owner is great. Most of the tourists in New Caledonia are French so a lot of people don’t know a word of english here. The owner of this camp is from Greece and speaks great english. It was nice to finally meet someone who knows the region very well and who can give us a few tips about some of the spots around here.

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The view in the morning… So peaceful.

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Bananas for breakfast!

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Pandop marina, a few minutes from Koumac.

He told us about Caves of Koumac (only around 380 meters or so can be visited, you need a lamp) and Malabou beach, which were on our route.

This beach is stunning! White sand, palm trees all around and a small bar to enjoy the view. One of the best spots on the island.

Just, don’t come here to sunbath because a lot of huge mosquitoes are here to ruin the fun.

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Malabou Beach

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If you want to stay here you can rent a bungalow.

Far north is a bit deserted and there’s nothing much to do so we spent the rest of the day wandering around, not bad at all!

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Northernmost point of New Caledonia.

There are a few camping sites around here and we decided to stay at the Le Relais de Poingam. A dirt road leads to this place and it really was a bumpy ride.

The camping sites are located a few meters from a beautiful beach and it was a nice place to spend a night.  However, some of the facilities weren’t in a good condition.

Travelers like to visit this place because traditional dinner is organised for the guests every night. The restaurant looks great and three course meal is all about local produce.

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Great spot for a coffee or a beer at the camp.

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What I didn’t like about our trip around north region were mosquitoes. A bottle of repellent was enough just for two to three days. And, it didn’t really help! I think those annoying flies are already used to it. Don’t forget to bring some loose-fitting clothing, long sleeves and pants with the material not so close to your skin.

Prices

Gite du Lagun, tent site NZD28$ (2000 CFP, two people a night)

Le Relais de Poingam, tent site NZD$25 (1800 CFP, two people a night). Traditional dinner is organised for the guests every night. It is a three course meal for NZD$50 (3500 CFP).

 

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Travel to: New Caledonia

Bourail, New Cledonia

Hey guys!

It’s been a while but here I am back from the trip around New Caledonia. It was perfect! When deciding where to go during Xmas holidays this small Pacific country popped up and there we were standing on those beautiful sandy beaches, strolling around small villages and amazing islands for two weeks.

New Caledonia is still not crazy popular tourist destination and that’s a huge plus. It wasn’t hard to find unique, silent places with beautiful views of the lagoon.

When to go, where to go, how to travel around and what not to miss while in Nouvelle Caledonie you will read here in my next posts.

Happy travels!

National park Kornati – 2500 sunshine hours a year!

People that are living near the sea or those who are just going somewhere on the coast to spend a vacation probably would love to have a small boat to discover all the hidden coves, islands or beaches. Across the Adriatic you can find lots of places that are just waiting to be discovered. We are lucky because we have a small boat so we decided to look for the secrets of Croatian national park Kornati. We went on our trip from Zadar harbor, we passed under the bridge that is connecting island of Ugljan and Pašman and only two hours of sailing in rough seas was separating us from the real adventure. This group of islands is located in central Adriatic and it is the meeting place of the islands of Zadar and Šibenik archipelago. National park Kornati has 89 islands, islets and rocks. Every part of this natural beauty has something special and because of that it is also called the heaven for boaters.

 

Of course that swimming in this crystal clear sea is must but if you visit Kornati and you don’t dive into that magical world it would be a big mistake. Diving in this part of the Adriatic provide an unforgettable scene. To experience at least a part of this unique feeling, all you need is a snorkel and the mask because the view from the surface is impressive as you’ve delved into greater depth. Once we arrived and tied up for one of the Kornati islands we wanted to climb to its top so that we can check is there any truth in the claim that the view from the belvedere is breathtaking. It is not really hard to climb up but as it was thirty degrees, hat and cream with a high SPF is required because there is very little shade on Kornati – you could even say that it is totally absent. It is difficult to single out one among the many vantage points on these islands. I can’t say that one is more exciting than others. Metlina is the highest peak but there are also Opat, Ravni Žakan and Litnji vrh from where you will have a truly unique view.

 

After a day of swimming and sunbathing somewhere on the islands of Kornati you will probably get hungry. Here you can find around twenty restaurants and taverns where the hosts will be very happy to prepare a local dish for you. If you like to go fishing maybe you can catch something and just ask them to prepare your catch for you 🙂 Fish specialties are something that every guest want to try but if you will have a chance try the lamb. It will satisfy the appetites of the most demanding guests.

Maybe some of you have already visited this part of the Adriatic with a boat and you will agree with me that the best place to spend a night is cove Mir in Natural Park Telašćica. This cove is situated south west of Dugi otok and it is really near the national park Kornati. It is known as one of the largest and best protected natural harbor on the Adriatic coast and that’s why we decided to stay there a bit longer.If you don’t have your own boat you can get here from Zadar and Šibenik. During the summer there are lots of day trips. For travelers who prefer active vacation this is a perfect destination because you can explore the island by bikes and it is also a perfect area for trekking.

Salt lake Mir is one more thing that is making this place even more special. It is 900 m long, 6 m deep and the water is salty because its underground channels are connected with the sea. During the summer temarature of this lake can reach 30 degrees.

 

On the outer side of the bay Telašćica you will see cliffs over 160 meters high so your trip must include the arrival on these rocks. This is an area rich with interesting flora and fauna, and tourists are very exciting when they see dolphins that are often guests here.

More than 2500 hours of sunshine a year, great sea temperatures and indescribable nature are the best invitations to all who have not yet visited this, as many call it, true paradise on earth.

Photo tour of the week in Gothenburg

 

I always wanted to visit Scandinavian countries but it seemed so expensive there that we thought that probably we need to get a loan to spend a week there. 🙂 But, in the end this was probably one of the cheapest trips that we went to. Really, it is possible to visit Sweden with not so big amount of money. Of course, it depends on what kind of traveler you are.

We choose Gothenburg, town on the south. First impression of the city was ok, nothing spectacular but very nice and of course worth of visit. It is not so big so in two days you can manage to see all of the interesting sights in the center. As we had one week to spend there we decided to visit some of the Islands of the southern archipelago.With few photos I will show you where we went and how we spend our first week in Scandinavia. It was great!

When you will be reading brochures about Gothenburg almost everywhere you will find something about Haga. It is nice, short street with lots of small coffees and shops. It was nice to walk around but for me it isn’t really something special.

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People from Sweden are crazy about sweets. In every supermarket you can find al kind of candy and cakes. They love their fika more than anything, Time for coffee and piece of cake is part of every day.

Moose

In Gothenburg you can find lots of parks. Great park that you should visit is Slottsskogen. It is very interesting because there you can wander around through the ZOO, which is free, and take a look at the animals that are enjoying the fresh air. Moose is our favorite, that clumsy big animal 🙂

Fish church

This is Fiskkyrkan (Fish church), one of the sights that you will also find in all the books about Gothenburg. From the outside it looks great but as you can see from the inside it is just another market. Good thing is that in this building, that used to be church, you can find restaurant where you can taste fresh seafood.

 

 

We were very exciting about visiting the coast. It was pretty cold because the wind was blowing all the time but it didn’t ruin our impression at all. It was almost dark so taking black and white photos was great idea, I love this three that I shared with you 🙂

Trip to the islands

When we started to plan this trip one of the first things that we decided is to visit the islands. Here in Croatia we have almost 1000 of them and they are really beautiful so we were very exciting to see how those places look in Sweden.

Map of Branno

During the week in Gothenburg we visited Brännö, Styrsö and Donsö. It is very easy to reach them with ferry that goes there almost every half an hour from Saltholmen. On those islands cars are not allowed so it was even more beautiful to walk around.

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It was just starting to rain while we were climbing up to see the great view over the islands. It looks so different then the Adriatic coast, shape of the big grey stones that are scattered there in the sea is really weird. Who knows how does it look like during the sunny day? Maybe one day we will find out.

Boats on the shore

This is one of my favorites. Colorful boats lying down near the sea, gives this bad weather a bit of optimism. It was nice just to stand there for a while looking at swans that are easily floating on the surface of the cold water.

Illuminated boats

During the night take a walk to the harbor. Illuminated boats are giving special touch to this city. You can visit museum of ships. 19 boats are waiting for you.

Here are few TIPS how to save some money: 

– Try to find and rent a room in the house or in the apartment where you will be able to cook at home. It is really expensive to eat outside. Paying 20 euros for pizza, or 10 euros for sandwich is crazy even if you have a lot of money.

– Prices in supermarkets are just a bit higher then here in Croatia so it is the best place to buy food and drinks.

– If you want to drink a beer you can buy it for less than 2 euros in those special liquor stores (System bolaget) and in the bar you will pay no less than 5 euros.

– Public transport in Gothenburg is really great. You can get trams and buses all the time, during the day and night. One way ticket costs more than 3 euros but they have this three day tickets that cost 17 euros and once when you validate it you can use it in buses, trams and for the ferry.

Your story: Did you visit Gothenburg? What did you like the most?