The Tibarama islet is accessible by boat from Poindimié. This commune in eastern New Caledonia is about a 4-hour drive from Nouméa. The Rai bus network runs a few routes a week, but we recommend renting a car instead. This will give you the freedom to explore the area around Poindimié and transport your belongings. From Nouméa, head north on the RT1, then cross the Chaîne centrale between Bourail and Houaïlou via the Col des Roussettes (RT3). This magnificent road winds its way through lush landscapes, with several stops along the way (Poté, Ny…). Once in Poindimié, you have several options for reaching the Tibarama islet:
- If you only want to spend half a day on the islet, go in the early morning. The sun won’t be too strong yet, so you’ll enjoy the swimming and walking activities better.
- Remember to take a water bottle, hat and sunglasses.
- Get your information at the Hôtel Tiéti, the staff are well acquainted with the area’s places of interest.
- Book taxi boat transfers in advance with your chosen company.