Discovering treasures on the most beautiful beach you've ever seen. Tiny shells gleaming on soft white sand bring joy to a young honeymoon couple from Japan. They spent the weekend at the Hotel Paradis d'Ouvéa on the island of Ouvéa in the Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia. Look around, and visit the other memory spheres of this totally magic beach. You'll find treasures in every view of the Paradis Beach. For more information about the Paradis d'Ouvea Hotel get a copy of the Rocket Travel Guide to New Caledonia.Visit the official government tourism site for Ouvea, Loyalty Islands
Ouvea Atoll is the northernmost of the four Loyalty Islands. The eastern side of the atoll was uplifted millions of years ago so the whole eastern side forms one long narrow coral island with one of the world's most spectacular white sand beaches along the proctected lagoon. Ouvea is a 40 minute flight from Noumea, New Caledonia aboard Air Caledonie's new ATR turboprop planes. There is one 4 star Ouvea hotel - the Paradis d'Ouvea - two "Gites" and 6 "tribal stay" accommodation. There are also two managed campsites. Ouvea is popular with visitors - especially Japanese visitors - primarily because of the breathtaking beauty of the beach, but also because of the clear protected waters and coral reefs that offer great diving, interesting walks and annual festivals to attend. Two distinct cultural groups live on Ouvea, the Polynesian speaking people of the northern villages and the Melanesian speaking people of the southern villages. All of them also speak French and are French citizens because New Caledonia is part of France.