Koumac is 362 kms north of Noumea, located just at the turn off point for the east coast. This town of the North is above all a mining and agricultural town but has recently developed its potential for tourism. Its 4252 inhabitants from different horizons give the town its cosmopolitan feel, where different cultures from all over the world mingle. An ideal time to meet them is at the Koumac fair.
These caves are located a few minutes outside the town. The site has been developed to welcome visitors. Although the visit is free a small donation is appreciated. There are several caves – the small one, which is called ‘wind cave’, is easy to get to and to visit. Bring a flashlight and wear closed shoes. Allow 30 minutes.
You can also visit the large cave and its 360 metres of underground passageways by yourself but for safety reasons you will need to write the time you enter and you leave the cave in the log book. Allow 45 minutes. If you wish to visit all the caves and passageways you will need to take a guide – allow 5-6 hours.
Old village of Tiebaghi
The association for the preservation of the mining and historical heritage in the North of New Caledonia organises guided visits to this old village. In its golden age of prosperity from 1929 to1964, 1500 people lived in this village. You can see its school, hospital, shops and its industrial plant which will take you back in history! The mine was closed on 20 May 1964 because of its lack of competitiveness and the high running costs. It is a 4 hour visit with a guide (compulsory).
This fair is the annual highlight of the New Caledonian Northerners! It takes place in September and has diverse shows and activities: rodeos, horse racing, horse ball, election of Miss Koumac Fair, tasting of local products, exhibitions and sale of local handicrafts (sculptures, textiles…).
Many farmers come to show their cattle and to buy new stock. This northern ‘bush’ event is very popular and attracts visitors from all over New Caledonia.
The Pandop beach, located just next to the marina, is an ideal place for a seaside picnic.