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Reviewed May 9, 2018

The room itself is not bad, though the whole gite has been constructed without much thought - for example, if you have luggage on wheels, you'll have to carry it as the paths are unsealed and muddy.There is no Internet (unlike every other place on Ile des Pins).
The reception staff are only part-time. They stop at 12 noon for a 3-hour lunch, and then go home at 6 pm. When they deign to be there, they are neither particularly pleasant nor helpful. At checkout, the receptionist tried to overcharge me - charging me for a shuttle I never took nor booked, and getting the room rate wrong. This is just out of laziness because she couldn't be bothered to check properly. When I politely pointed out the errors, she re-issued my bill, but without a word of acknowledgement that she had made a mistake, without a word of apology. Who wants to stay where staff are like that?
Not recommended.

Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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Reviewed April 30, 2018

I apologise, as I did not actually stay at Nataiwatch, but I did thoroughly enjoy the tour they offered.

Myself and four other girls were visiting Ile de Pins for the day. We were keen on travelling on a pirogue (outrigger canoe) and on visiting La Piscine Naturelle, but none of the tour companies could facilitate this for daytrippers. Thankfully, Nataiwatch were able to organise pickup and dropoff from the airport for us. We left on the same PIrogue/La Piscine Naturelle tour they offer from the hotel.

The tour is an absolute must-do! The pirogue trip is enchanting; Upi Bay feels like a smaller version of Ha Long Bay. We were motoring along for most of it (with the sail up though), but for the last 20mins we were just sailing. Butterflies were flitting around the canoe, which lent a magical air.

At the end of the pirogue tour, we walked ~45mins to La Piscine Naturelle. This is the only reason I don't give the tour 5 stars; we had been expecting to be met by someone who would guide us on the walk to La Piscine Naturelle, and then to our pickup point. Unfortunately, no one was waiting for us so we had to make our own way. The path was clear enough, even if it wasn't completely smooth; if you kept going straight you couldn't get lost. The only trick to it is that at the apparent end of the path, you are meant to cross the river to join up with the path on the other side. Took us embarrassingly long to realise this!

La Piscine Naturelle is as beautiful as advertised. Despite its popularity, it hasn't been developed; you can fool yourself that you are an intrepid explorer finding it!

After staying ~2hrs at La Piscine Naturelle, we were transferred back to Nataiwatch on Kanumera Bay. We enjoyed beachside cocktails and walking on the beach until our airport transfer back.

Excellent value for money; it cost us the equivalent of ~$80AUD each for transfers to/from the airport and the pirogue/la piscine naturelle tours.

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Traveled with friends
1  Thank forreviews18
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

My partner and did a quick 2 day trip of the ile des pins over one weekend, staying at Gite Nataiwatch. We had 2 tours booked on both days and were pressed for time.

We found that Gite Nataiwatch were fantastic from start to finish. The people at the front desk all spoke English well enough to communicate with no issues and we were able to clear up a few questions before we arrived.

The restaurant was fantastic with both an amazing 3 course dinner and complementary breakfast in the morning. For 500fr each, they made us some amazing sandwiches we were able to take on our tour of the Natural Acquarium.

The room itself had everything we needed and was comfortable for our stay. Everything was as pictured and we felt was very good value for money.

After having a few troubles with organizing our stay, arrival and general planning with other places in New Caledonia, we just found staying at Gite Nataiwatch effortless. We were very happy with our stay.

Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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4  Thank AlexM11893
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Reviewed August 15, 2017

A good place to pitch a tent. Hot showers, good restaurant, and the beach is within walking distance. They organise trips on the pirogues and to the piscine naturelle. It's easy to settle the bill with a credit card at the end of your stay.

Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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4  Thank amoodz
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Reviewed April 30, 2017

Stayed at the camping area for 3 days. The location is perfect with a short walk to the beach. Took the transfer from airport and back. The whole area is wooded and peaceful. Wifi is good. Sanitary block was clean and well managed. You need to pre-order dinner or lunch at their restaurant. The food was decent. Nothing gourmet, but that's not what we were on Ile des Pins for. We cooked other meals on the campsite. Overall a very professionally run place. The beach and bay about 200m away are a great snorkelling spot. Also, good to watch sunsets.

Date of stay: April 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank suniltheone
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