The Great South boasts cultural and heritage sites but is best known for the many sporting activities available as well as their practice of green tourism. The Blue River Provincial Park is the largest park in New Caledonia and features activities such as VTT, hiking and kayaking in addition to the stunning natural scenery of the Blue River, Giant Kaori and Drowned Forest. Nature reserves are abundant in the Great South including the Madeleine waterfalls, N’Dua reserve and the Netcha bike trails. N’Dua offers spectacular views of the lagoon and open ocean and is quite popular especially during the winter months when humpback whales migrate to the region. Hikers will be in their element enjoying the scenic GR1 trail or the impressive but picturesque Mont-Dore. The Needle of Prony is an exceptional dive site where hot water from the ocean floor flows to create a tall pinnacle rising 40m. Fringing reefs provide divers the rare opportunity to dive straight from the beach.
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. From June to September humpback whales migrate to the Bay of Prony and the N’Dua Reserve is a popular location for whale watching.