Whether you are interested or not by the plants of New Caledonia, there are 2 trees that you can’t miss during your visit to our island: the Flame tree and the African tulip tree! Both are covered with redish/orange flowers but they are not to be confused. First let’s clarify that those 2 plants of New Caledonia are not endigenous

One Sunday a month, Samuel Machon the French chef from the restaurant L’alinéa (one of the best in town, ranked #7 out of 246 restaurants in Noumea on tripadvisor at the time of writing this article), opens the doors of his kitchen for an authentic French cooking class. Sunday August 5th: today the French cooking class topic is the preparation of

Can you bring and fly your drone in New Caledonia? New Caledonia is a beautiful island. It is beautiful from the land, but is really be amazing when observed from the sky. No wonder you want to take your drone during your visit to New Caledonia! But, can you do so and fly your drone in New Caledonia? The answer

Sustainable tourism – Crown of thorns outbreaks Similarly to our pacific neighbours, New Caledonia has experienced large outbreaks of Crown of thorns (Acanthaster solaris) in the past decades. Recent studies from the French IRD seems to indicate that outbreaks are intensifying. At Oleti Tours, as an actor of sustainable tourism in New Caledonia, we wanted to share the latest state

Why is community tourism good for everyone? For a long time, New Caledonia has based its economy on nickel mining, but things are changing and tourism is becoming important in the economy of the island. At Oleti Tours, we are of course happy of this development, but here are 3+3 reasons why we think community tourism is the way to

On June 28th, the archaelogist M. Christophe Sand, gave an exciting conference at the Tjibaou Cultural Center, in Noumea and presented the latest information about the early population. Here is a quick summary of what archaelogy can teach us: 3000 BC – austronesian migrants left from Asia: It took them nearly 2000 years to arrive to New Caledonia. On their

We would like to thank Deborah from Provincial Living magazine for having chosen Oleti Tours to organize their one week New Caledonia holiday package entitled « French Immersion Tour ». Thanks also to all the members of the group  who joined Debbie for the tour: Kerrie, Marjorie, Jeff, Helen, Darren, Sue, Donna, Becca and Alex, Oleti for having been our guests. It’s

Located a few kilometers north of the tropic of Capricorne , New Caledonia experiences a very nice climate. The weather in New Caledonia is characterized by : Trade winds. They blow most of the year from the East to South East. They never become very strong. Tropical temperatures, moderated by the ocean that surrounds the islands it is generally said

Over a total of 15 airports, there are 2 main airports in Noumea : Tontouta international airport: Tontouta welcomes international flights from Australia (6 weekly flights from Sydney, 3 from Brisbane and 2 from Melbourne), New Zealand (5 weekly flights from Auckland), Japan (6 weekly flights to Tokyo and 2 to Osaka), Vanuatu (8 flights per week to Vanuatu) and

Just 8 kilometers from Noumea’s city center, the Tjibaou cultural center is a true haven of peace. It is an art and festival center where exhibitions and concerts are held all along the year. The center was named after Jean-Marie Tjibaou, the kanak priest and leader of the independence movement who co-signed the important Matignon agreement (Peace) in 1988. True