With its white-sand beach that stretches over 25 kilometers, Ouvéa (Iaaï in the local language) is one of the most beautiful atolls in the Pacific. Its shores are delicately washed by pristine waters that display an array of blueish hues. The island is 35 kilometers long and less than 40 meters wide in some places. With a total area of 132 km², Ouvéa only has one road which runs north to south. It winds along the lagoon, and its endless beaches fringed by palm trees, before trailing towards the deep-blue ocean. The lagoon’s pristine waters mirror the beauty and majesty of Lékiny Cliffs. They also shelter abundant wildlife providing Ouvéa’s population with a precious food reserve. The island is partly immerged as it was formed by an atoll that has tipped over. Unlike Lifou and Maré, Ouvéa’s lagoon is not filled-in but bounded by a series of reefs and islets called the Pléiades. Ouvéa and the Beautemps-Beaupré islands were enlisted as World Heritage sites in July 2008.

 

Lifou

QANONO CHURCH AND TEMPLE

The missionary FAO founded the first Protestant mission on the former battlefield of Lössi...

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XODRE CLIFFS

 The cliffs can be visited with a local guide

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Botanical garden "Chez Felix"

Delightful vanilla plantation set in the heart of a forest. You will be warmly welcomed.

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Chapel of n.d. Lourdes at Easo

Landing place of the Catholic missionaries, who built this chapel in 1898.

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CHATEAUBRIAND BAY

A vast white sandy beach.

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Easo site

A development with traditional Melanesian huts for cruise ship passengers.

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Jinek bay

Snorkelling site.

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Jokin cliffs

40m high cliffs, overhanging crystal clear waters teeming with fish.

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KiKi Beach

Come to discover a splendid beach.

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luengöni beach

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PENG

A white sandy beach dotted with caves and numerous creeks.

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The great Hut of Hnathalo tribe

The Great Hut of the Hnathalo tribe, 3km from Wanaham aerodrome.

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Vanilla House at Hnathalo tribe

Discover the secrets of vanilla,

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Maré

Mebuet Beach

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ROH

Historical monument commemorating the arrival of the Christian missionaries on the island of...

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The beaches of Yedjélé and Wabao

Endless beaches of white sand bordered by coconut palms

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THE BONE HOLE

A 40 meters deep vertical cavity hollowed out in the limestone rocks.

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The natural aquarium

The natural aquarium near Tadine is fed by the sea flowing under the coral formations

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THE SHABADRAN TERRACES

" In the beginning, the terraces of Shabadran"

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The village of la Roche and its fortress

La Roche is the island's second largest center.

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The warrior's leap

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The Yeiwene Yeiwene cultural center

Open Monday

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Ouvéa

Coconut oil distillery

Located in Hwadrilla village in the Fayaoué district (near Hwadrilla quay).

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Mouli snorkelling site

In the extreme south of the island, the landscape is beautiful, the view on the first island south of...

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Ouvéa soap factory

The factory is in Hwadrilla near the quay.

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Saint-Joseph

Saint Joseph brings together the Takedji, an independent tribe from Wallis and Heo, whose...

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The bay of Lekiny and the island of Fayawa

Lekiny a superb sheltered stretch of water glinting with iridescent colours is a protected...

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The beach of Fayaoué

Between Mouli and St-Joseph, the coast road runs alongside a magnificient beach of fine white...

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The blue hole of Hanawa

A series of waterholes where fresh water and salt water remain separate.

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The cave of Hulup

Located at the foot of Ceu cliffs, the Hulup cave is an authentic and peaceful resting place of...

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The Lekiny cliffs

Twelve kilometres south of Fayaoué the grey cliffs of Lekiny, pitted with caves facing the bay are...

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The Mouli bridge

Built in 1984, the Mouli bridge spans the strait separating Ouvéa from Mouli.

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Tiberia snorkelling site

Bottom of stairs, this great beach is ideal for the family,

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Turtles hole

Circular deep chasm, the water is almost sweet, swimming is possible.

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Vanilla plantation

Tel: 45 7137 Vanico, St-Paul's tribe

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The island closest to Paradise

Plage Fayaoue Ouvea Nouvelle Caledonie

Ouvéa counts 4,300 inhabitants whose ethnic heritage stems from Polynesian and Melanesian migrations. The Polynesian influence is clearly more present than on Lifou or Maré as the island actually bears the Polynesian name for Wallis Island (Uvea). In the north, the Saint-Joseph customary district and its Takedji Chefferie (chieftaincy) actually count a fairly large community of Wallis islanders. This is why two indigenous languages are spoken on Ouvéa: Iaaï, a Kanak language, and Faga-uvea, which is of Polynesian origin. The island is divided into three customary districts: Saint-Joseph, Fayaoué and Mouli. 

In the 1970s, Katsura Morimura, a young Japanese writer, spent some time on Ouvéa. During her stay she wrote a novel entitled “the island closest to Paradise”, a love story between a young Japanese woman visiting Ouvéa and a local man of Japanese descent. Morimura was delighted by the enchanting setting and the warmth of the people she encountered. Though her book was never translated into French, the island has since been known as” the island closest to Paradise”. The author, now dead, continues to entice new generations of Japanese visitors. Morimura’s novel remains a vibrant and inspiring ode to Ouvéa’s beauty.  

 

Ouvéa in pictures