The Grotte de la Reine Hortense is located in the northern part of the Île des Pins. To get to Île des Pins from Nouméa, you can choose between air and sea. The airline Air Calédonie operates daily flights from Nouméa-Magenta domestic airport. Flight time is around 30 minutes. Boats from the Betico company make the crossing once or twice a week between Grande Terre and Île des Pins, taking 2h30. Once there, you’ll need to rent a vehicle (car or scooter) to reach the cave, or book a guided day trip. The Grotte de la Reine Hortense site is a 10-minute drive from the Moué airport.
- As the area is damp and therefore slippery, we recommend that you wear proper footwear to undertake this curious path.
- Think about bringing a small flashlight, which will make it easier for you to contemplate the stalactites, frozen for several millennia, and explore the tunnel up to the light shaft.
- Please bring cash to pay the entrance fee (300 XPF)