Ouvea-The Beautiful Island Closest To Paradise

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Beautiful beaches are the big draw of New Caledonia, and Ouvea spans along a lovely stretch of coastline. However, the area has other amazing landscapes too with waterfalls, rainforests, and mountain ranges. One of the best ways to explore the island is to rent a bike and ride along the beautiful bays. Thatched huts along the beach are popular accommodations, and prices are quite reasonable. The world’s largest lagoon and second largest coral reef are located in the New Caledonia island group, and most visitors begin their journey at the Tontouta International Airport just north of Noumea. Ouvea island travel guide
Once you’ve got your own set of wheels, all you need to do is head out and explore one of the most beautiful atolls in the Pacific with its white-sand beach extending for 25 km, caressed by crystal-clear, sparkling water of varying hues. 35 km long and in some places less than 40 metres wide, with a total area of 132 km2, the island has a single road running north to south, sometimes along the endless beach planted with coconut palms that faces the lagoon and sometimes beside the intense blue of the open Pacific Ocean.Ouvea island travel guide 02
Ouvea inherited the tag “island closest to paradise” in the 70s from Katsura Morimura, a young Japanese writer who came to stay on Ouvea . Enchanted by the setting and the warm welcome, she called the novel she was writing “The Island Closest to Paradise” and placed the action on the island, telling of a romance between a young visiting Japanese woman and a Japanese descendant settled on Ouvea.Ouvea island travel guide 03