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Camping Babou Cote Ocean

Tribu de Koulnoue | Bp 77, Hienghene, Grand Terre 98815, New Caledonia
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Tribu de Koulnoue Bp 77, Hienghene, Grand Terre 98815 New Caledonia
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Very friendly stuff, especially the man with glasses (sorry, I am so bad to remember names!) and Sebastian, who helped me to break my fear from diving. There is also lady across the road who cooks. Her name is Arlet and we ordered la bougna and a tuna steak. Very reasonable prices, great food and perfect service. I would recommend it. There are not very good shops in this area anyway. Zhe fish is fresh and meals are local. Camp is nice and clean and all the stuff is very friendly.
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Snorkeling and Diving centre with a big camping ground is set few kilometres from Hienghene in the shade of old big trees with the views of towering rocks and Ilot Hienga from the beach side. Camping is 700 CFP per person. There are 2 hot showers + 2 toilets, 2 big sheltered tables where you can eat your own food, one kettle if you need some hot water for your food or coffee, free wi-fi around the administration building (available from 7am to 7pm). There are multiple fireplaces throughout the camping ground. We have spent two nights at this lovely camping and went for a snorkeling tour to the Ilot Hienga and also explored the island on foot. Snorkeling for 2 people was 10000 CFP. We departed at 7:00am from the base to the island with a speedboat where we were dropped off with our guide. There were only 3 of us for snorkeling + our guide, so basically we had all island and the reef for ourselves. Snorkeling was spectacular - colourful, healthy and unspoilt reef brimming with all kinds of fish. We saw a couple of huge, more than 1 meter humphead parrotfishes. Then our guide introduced us to the various tree species of the island and explained the use of each of the plant followed by the introduction to reef animals and corals: specimens of Nautilus, Langouste, various corals and shells were all laid out on the table. Then you can explore the island on your own or do some more snorkeling. We have walked around the island which was just a stunning experience. As the Ilot Hienga is a Nature reserve everything is left for the nature. The beaches are full of huge shells and corals, there are many bird species living on an island, baby coconut trees are sprouting right on the beach. We saw 2 very big crabs fighting with each other with their claws in a rock pool (stuff of the National Geography and David Attenborough, nonetheless!). Fantastic experience and one of the highlights of our 17 day trip through New Caledonia.
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This place has a busy and popular diving operation run by a great team. This means that the camping ground is also busy. There were only two toilets and two showers (cold) which meant there were occasional queues, although the staff kept them clean. It is a great location right on the beach with good snorkeling close in. The camp is shaded and coped well with the numbers. However if you are looking for isolation and solitude go somewhere else.
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situated on a sheltered sandy bay with many trees for shade and some day shelter tables. A couple of flushing toilets and cold water showers but no cooking facilities. Owners dont speak english but the dive instructors with onsite Babou Plongee do and provide some great diving to excellent reefs on the main outer barrier and also a snorke trip to the offshore island. You can also snorkel from shore on the reefs on the bay headlands or hire a kayak and explore the lagoon and the karst limestone rock formations
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Efficient operation, on arrival our tent was up right by the beach with mattresses inside and our name neatly pinned to front of tent. Yes cold water showers but big communal table, plenty of shade, friendly knowledgeable staff. The excursions looked and sounded good. The woman next door prepares and brings very good dinners for CFP2500.
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