NEKWATA Surf Lodge Surf Hostel - French Melanesia, New Caledonia. New Caledonia
Sleep in a melanesian hut and surf the worlds biggest lagoon with a local guide and taxi-boat. New Caledonias tropical environment and natural surroundings will provide you with fantastic surfing memories.
Nekweta Surf Lodge keeps its guests to a minimum of 8-10 persons at a time to keep crowds to a minimum and to guarantee world class waves to each individual. You can even rent the whole camp for yourself, your friends and family!
The Nekweta Surf Lodge consist of…
– A tropical garden (2 minutes walk from La Roche Percée beach)
– Fully equipped melanesian hut with tv and dvd (2 double beds and 2 singles)
– Kitchen and bar with standard professional equipment
– Seperate batroom block (hot & cold water)
– Outdoor deck with wooden table and benches and fire place
– Hammocks and lazy chair
– Car parks
New Caledonia is blessed with some of the best and most consistent surfspots in the south pacific. However a boat is needed to access the spots on the barrier reef.
La Roche Percée Beach – The only beach-break on the island, just 5 minutes walk from the camp. Long left wrapping around a sand bar at the Nera river mouth. Normally mellow waves suitable for beginners and longboarders. With big swells, great for shortboarders.
The camps taxi boat guide will take you to surf two reef breaks.
A right hander – Fun and very consistent wave that works with all swells from east to west. Can reach up to 10 feet. Here you also have a chance to meet the local dugongs. (5 minutes from the camp)
A left hander – In one word… Radical! This spot works with southeast to southwest swells. It can be ridden up to 8 feet. You’ll most definately spot manta rays and turtles swimming around in these cristal clear waters.
LOCATION & GETTING HERE
New Caledonian Geography and History in a Nutshell
New Caledonia is located in the South West Pacific, at approximately 1600 km off the eastern coast of Australia, just North of the Tropic of Capricorn . It constitutes the fourth largest archipelago in the South Pacific and counts a population of about 250 000 people. Almost half of the population lives in the capital city Noumea, which lies on a headland in the South-West corner of the island.
Captain Cook discovered the North-East side of the island in 1774 and named it New Caledonia because of its resemblance with the green hills of the Caledonian islands in his native Scotland. In 1853 Napoleon III annexed New Caledonia, and later included the Loyalty Islands which lie to the east of the main island.
New Caledonia became a strategic point for the allied forces during WWII as it hosts a third of the world’s known nickel resources. Nearly one million American and Anzac soldiers came through New Caledonia; roads, bridges and the airport were built and jump-started the development of the island. Some of these soldiers surfed at Bourail, where they had an R&R restaurant on the beach. They were probably the first to ever surf in New Caledonia. Consequently the first generation of local surfers emerged at Bourail in the 70’s with the fiber glass revolution.
In 1998 the Noumea Agreement was settled to prepare the progressive autonomy of the country, which could become independent after referendum in 2018. Today New Caledonia is ranked amongst the 30 richest nations in the world thanks to its mining industry and to French government support.
Weather New Caledonia is described as the land of eternal spring. It boasts a pleasant semi-tropical climate all year round. The wet season is from December to March and according to the statistics it pours more in February. Temperature varies between 25 and 30° degrees Celsius. During the cooler season the temperature varies between 20 and 26 degrees Celsius°.
Language The official and administrative language in New Caledonia is French but Melanesian and Polynesian dialects are widely spoken. English is commonly used in Noumea mainly in the hospitality industry.
Safety New Caledonia is a French territory which gives it political stability and makes it safe for all travellers.
Getting There: To get there, just jump on a 2.5 hours flight from Sydney to New Caledonia.
What you should bring: Your own snorkelling gear for comfort (we do have some just in case you forget it), sunscreen, sunglasses, flip-flops or booties to walk on coral islands, wind jackets, any music or DVD you wish.
New Caledonian climate: The climate in New Caledonia is tropical. The weather is influenced by the regionally predominant southeast trade winds especially in summer, from November to March, which is also the cyclone season.
Flights From Australia: daily flight from Sydney (3 hours), 5 flights per week from Brisbane (2 ? hours). From New Zealand: 4 flights per week from Auckland (2 hours 40 minutes). From Tahiti: 1 flight per week from Papeete (5 hours 40 minutes). From Japan: 3 flights per week from Osaka and 5 flights per week from Tokyo (9 hours). From United States: via Tahiti, Australia or New Zealand Return or fly through airfares are compulsory.
Visa For a stay less than 3 months, citizens of the following countries don’t need a visa : France, Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Danemark, Spain, Finland, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, New-Zealand, Holland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland.
For a stay less than 1 month, citizens of the following countries don’t need a visa : Bermuda, Canada, Chili, Cyprus, South Korea, USA, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico and Poland.
Citizens of other countries should contact the French embassy in their country of residence to enquire about visa procedures.
Vaccination No vaccination is necessary when coming to New Caledonia.
Communication New Caledonia’s mobile phone network covers all the islands and a vast majority of the lagoon. Internet cafés are easily found in Noumea but are scarce in the rest of the island. The island counts two local TV channels, 1 cable TV network, a daily newspaper and 5 radios.
PRICES & PACKAGES
– Airport Transfers.
– 7 Nights Accommodation in a fully furnished Melanesian hut with TV and DVD.
– Full Board: Experience the French cuture and local products. (Beers, Wines and Spirits are not included).
– Taxi Boat to Surfspots twice a day (Depending on weather).
– Other Activities: Snorkelling, Eco Tours, Picnics on Green Island, visiting Bourail village and surroundings.
Price: 875 EUR per person