Grand Terre’s East Coast is a beautiful region to discover as part of a self-drive itinerary due to its stunning scenic views. Its landscape is lush and mountainous. The coastline is edged by foothills covered in beautiful vegetation, and there are plenty of walking trails to suit all levels of fitness and time frames. Authentic and undeveloped, the area is mainly populated by the Kanak people, the original inhabitants of New Caledonia, whose tribes live in traditional huts in small communities up and down the coast. Their culture is full of song, dance and sculpture. From hidden waterfalls, luxuriant valleys to bamboo forests and magnificent tree ferns dotting the hillside, this region is perfect for nature lovers of all ages. The Coast also offers amazing snorkelling spots. The barrier reef offers a wide variety of amazing and colourful coral.
When to visit
The climate is tropical. Hot and humid from November to March with temperatures in the high 20’s to low 30’s. And a cooler, drier period from June to August with temperatures in the low to mid 20’s. You can swim and relax all year round.