Exercise is definately good for the spirit and hiking up a winding trail to enjoy a vista like this one of my favorite kinds of exercise. Ouano is a big embayment on the southwest coast of Grande Terre in New Caledonia. The anchorage is surrounded by shallow reef flats so it is protected from most winds.
Ouano is popular with surfers - wind and wave and kite surfers alike - and they say it has some of the best waves in New Caledonia.
There are also nature trails through the mangroves and the trail that goes up the grass covered hill to this vista. Ouano is near La Foa, about 100km from Noumea.
New Caledonia is the closest South Pacific Island to Australia and New Zealand. It is a French Territory and although the official language is French the culture is a blend of Melanesian, European, Polynesian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian, and more. There is one large mountainous island called Grande Terre and 6 smaller islands - the three Loyalty Islands, Belep and the Isle of Pines.The islands are remarkably unpopulated and there are vast areas of wilderness. There are hundreds of kilometers of walking treks, camp grounds, more than 42 parks and reserves, and crystal clear rivers with sparkling waterfalls. Almost one third of the population is located in the capital city of Noumea. Nickel mining is the primary industry and is the major contributor to the high standard of living in the country. Grande Terre is surrounded by the second largest barrier reef in the world and the protected lagoon created by this barrier reef is the largest in the world. Listed as a World Heritage Site in 2008, the lagoon is 24,000 square kilometers and supports a diverse and luxuriant fauna of fish and invertebrates.The vibrant, clear and rich colors are one of the first things that visitors notice when they arrive. Noumea has a complete range of hotels, resorts, restaurants, and activities to welcome visitors.