Staying in a tribe in New Caledonia
New Caledonia is well-known for its splendid beaches and breathtaking natural treasures. With its exotic charms and contrasted scenery, the island remains a unique destination. But it holds more than splendid landscapes… beyond the obvious beauty of New Caledonia, you will enjoy meeting welcoming locals and learning about their traditional lifestyle. Spend a few days in a tribal village and experience a complete change of scene as you share ancestral and authentic kanak customs.
An unforgettable adventure
Staying in a tribe is probably the best way to understand the native cultural heritage. Traditions, rites, lifestyle and customs: experience the kanak culture first-hand. On Grande Terre, the east coast is known as “berceau de l’âme Kanak” (the cradle of kanak heart and soul). Choosing to stay in a tribe implies accepting different social codes and respecting a unique cultural heritage. Discover a world where time is slower and where nature becomes central.
Many accommodation options are available. Just choose the one that best suits your needs and indulge in a truly unique experience. Try some tasty Bougna, the kanak staple dish, take a nap on a natte, a natural mat made from woven leaves, explore sacred spots around caves and forests or learn about traditional medicine. A memorable experience awaits you.
Enticing kanak traditions
Don’t forget the custom
In New Caledonia, customary rituals and ceremonies are of utmost importance. In the kanak culture, social interactions are ruled by customs. When you arrive in a tribal village, it is primordial you make an offering…A small present, a piece of fabric, something that shows your gratitude towards your hosts.
The Loyalty Islands Fair and festivals
Each year the Loyalty Islands host special events that celebrate different aspects of the kanak cultural heritage. Attending one of those events is a great opportunity to spend a few days in a tribal village. Fairs and festivals take place throughout the year…Taste amazingly fresh and exotic produce, enjoy traditional song, music and dance, indulge in delicious culinary specialties and celebrate the tribal lifestyle.
On the east coast of New Caledonia, discover the authentic tribal village of Hienghène. Here, landscapes are picturesque and majestic. Lush vegetation contrasts with the sharp edges of cliffs that give off something supernatural. Around the mountain range or by the sea, enjoy multiple activities as you experience the tribal lifestyle.
A hiking adventure
If you enjoy hiking through the forest, you will love New Caledonia! Whether you prefer walking, riding a horse or a bike, the island counts an amazing amount of gorgeous trails. Between Ponérihouen and Poindimié, many accommodation options are available in the different tribal villages you will cross. Enjoy the landscape, the abundant biodiversity and the charming locals. In the area, you can even hike a Grande Randonnée certified trail…A true change of scene amidst the New Caledonia Chaîne!