The New Caledonian capital of Noumea is the largest city in the South Pacific with a population of..Isle of Pines Information
Eighty kilometres south-east of Noumea lies the enchanting Isle of Pines (14 km wide, 18 km long) a..Oro Bay Information
Reached by sea on foot along a small narrow path and truly out of this world, Oro Bay boasts two..Kuto Bay Information
Kuto Bay has a long white sandy beach bordered by coconut palms and Column pines, which has been..Bourail Information
With a population of only 4350, Bourail is a lively colonial-area settlement and New Caledonia's..Jean Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center Info
Tjibaou Cultural Centre Discover the unique architectural embodiment of an age-old identity...Monts Koghis Information
Rising 1061m above Dumbea, Mont Koghis offers superb views over Noumea and the New Caledonian..Amedee Island Information
One of New Caledonia's 'must do' day trips, Amedee is a tiny islet on the barrier reef, dominated..Kanumera Bay Information
Kanumera Bay is a small white sand bay, adjacent to Kuto Bay, where you can swim with flippers..Maurice Bay Information
A beautiful enclosed bay on the southern tip of the Isle of Pines, Maurice Bay is the perfect..Nokanhui Information
Located on the southern point of the Isle of Pines in New Caledonia, Nokanhui is a tiny atoll that..Paita Information
Situated at the base of Mont Mou, the first centre of colonisation set up by James Paddon..Roche Percee Information
The Beach and the "Bonhomme de la Roche Percee", an enormous monolith, are situated at the mouth of..Thio Information
On the transversal route between Boulouparis and Thio, the Col de Nassirah (349 m) connects the..Upi Bay Information
The Upi Bay with its crystal clear water can be discovered in a day or half day trip including an..
At the beginning of the century, there was a gold mine at La Foa. The "Queyras" mine was no doubt named after the man who discovered the gold seam and began mining it. The gold of La Foa today is the rich variety of its beauty spots and tourist activities. Rambles on horseback, bushwalks, quad cars, canyoning, kayak, excursions. All these and much more are here just waiting for you. Camp sites, hotels and gites are all here to welcome you.
The history of La Foa dates back to 1871 with the building of Fort Teremba. The settlement grew with the founding of an agricultural convict colony (1872) and the arrival of Malabars settlers from Reunion island in 1880. The historical landmarks of La Foa remain the creation of a state registry office in 1882, a road link with Boulouparis in 1883, the transformation of the penal colony into a girl's school in 1892, and, of course, the presence of the American troops during WW II. La Foa is a commune which has always looked to the future.
To the numerous sports competitions and all-year-round leisure activities, La Foa also brings the excitement of horse racing. In september, the Association Marguerite puts on a magnificent sound and light show at Fort Teremba or on the Marguerite Passerelle. In nearby communes, it is worth noting the nature festival at Sarramea while at Farino, the smallest commune in New Caledonia, entertainment is guaranteed at the well-known Farino market in September, when you can gaze at, or participate in, the tasting of bancoule worm. While horse races take place from May to October, triathlons and other races are held from march to October.
The city council and the association Marguerite are both involved in conserving and promoting the historic heritage of La Foa. At the entrance to the commune, on arriving from Noumea the Passerelle Marguerite now stands as an emblem. Remains dating from the last century like Fort Teremba at Moindou, the Maison du Commandant (Residence of the Commander) or the Bakery of the "internat" (boarding school) of La Foa tell the story of the region. The history and way of life of the Kanak community can be discovered at the Great Hut of the Oua Tom tribe or by enjoying a meal of bougna with the Oui Poin tribe.
Nestling at the foot of the mountain range and open to the sea, La Foa offers a thousand and one sports and leisure activities for tourists. There is something to please every taste : bush walking or horse-riding, visiting the historical and cultural sites, and a wide variety of excursions and sports. Parachute jumping in the air, canyoning, sailing, surfing and diving on and under the water, and walking, riding or quad car driving on the ground provide an extensive choice. Top quality organisation for the reception and information of visitors meets the most demanding requirements.