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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).