Tibarama islet, located in Poindimié on the east coast of New Caledonia.Îlot Tibarama, Poindimié
©Îlot Tibarama, Poindimié|Masaaki Hojo


A Harmonious Blend of Nature and Kanak Tribes

Poindimié is home to around twenty Kanak tribes that reside along the coastline and within the surrounding valleys. The commune offers a variety of accommodation options, making it an excellent starting point for exploring the region. Here, you can embark on hiking expeditions, engage in canoeing, go snorkelling, or dive into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed lagoon. Don’t miss the local coconut and taro festival or the International Nûû-rû boro Film Festival for unforgettable encounters with the locals.

To reach the East Coast from Nouméa, the optimal route is to head north towards Koné (3 hours and 20 minutes) and then follow the Chaîne Centrale via the Koné-Tiwaka road. This scenic route, taking approximately one hour, winds through lush rainforests and dry forests, offering numerous picturesque viewpoints. From there, it’s just a 30-minute drive to Poindimié. While bus travel is an option, it can be time-consuming due to frequent stops, so we recommend renting a car at the beginning of your journey for convenience.

In the Kanak tribes of New Caledonia, it is customary and welcomed to perform la coutume(the Customary Gesture) when entering or being invited to a tribe. Therefore, it’s a good idea to bring along customary items before your visit: a piece of manou (coloured cloth) available in downtown Nouméa stores, a packet of coffee or sugar, or a 500 or 1,000 Pacific franc bill.

Order no. 2023/09/32:

Pending compliance with water quality standards in the commune of Poindimié, swimming and fishing activities are prohibited in the entire coastal zone between the mouths of the Tchamba and Tiwaka rivers.

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