For the blue holes seekers, and just 30 minutes from Noumea city center, is a great hiking path, « Les marmites du diable », literally, the devil cooking pots. Nothing frightening about this path though 🙂 It is a family path that New Caledonian people enjoy on Sundays.
Located in the provincial park of the Dumbea river, the path follows the Dumbea river and will lead you to the best freshwater blue holes near Noumea. A major part path of the path is in the shade of the forest, and you can enjoy this hike even during the hot months of January and February.
There are many blue holes next to the path and you can stop on the way to dive into pristine water.
On the path, observe leftovers from the Nickel exploitation in this region. Listen to the stories of the mining period, but also of the water supply of the capital city
After a 1h30 walk, you will finally arrive to destination: the most beautiful blue holes. Enjoy a dive into the “Devil cooking pots” while your guide will prepare your picnic. Appreciate your lunch with the relaxing sound of the river.
The marmites du diable are the best blue holes near Noumea and a great day tour for the whole family. Highly recommended! To book your tour, please contact us now and we will be happy to send you a free quotation.
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NB1: before 2000, the water in Noumea came from a dam on the Dumbea river. Since then the “Grand tuyau” (big pipe) has been constructed and brings the water from Tontouta (where the international airport is) to the capital.
NB2: the Dumbea river is always warmer than the blue river, and even in winter you will see people enjoy a swim.
NB3: The path is relatively easy, but nonetheless it might not be practicable after heavy rains. In that case your guide will suggest an alternative tour.
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION: your hotel or Airbnb in Noumea.
WEAR: Comfortable clothing and good walking, hiking shoes.
- English speaking knowledgeable guide
- Transportation in mini-coach
- Complimentary bottled water