New Caledonia: Accommodation Over Water You Can Afford

New Caledonia Accommodation Over Water - Mare Gite Seday Loyalty IslandImagine sleeping in a traditional hut standing on a rock surrounded by water, with only the most simple wooden bridge to get there… for cheaper than a hotel room! New Caledonia isn’t a cheap destination so I always imagined accommodation over water there would not be in my budget. But I was wrong! Let me tell you more about this jewel we found in Mare and another accommodation over water in Noumea.

Be aware that there aren’t that many options in New Caledonia. Accommodations over water are a lot more popular (and expensive!) in French Polynesia, a bit further away in the Pacific Ocean.

Planning a trip to New Caledonia? Check out these travel tips to organise your stay!

New Caledonia: Accommodation Over Water in Mare

Hut on the Rock, Seday Guesthouse

If I had to pick the best place to stay in New Caledonia, I would straight away get this one in my mind.

New Caledonia Accommodation Over Water Mare Loyalty Island Gite Seday Roh

I realise it’s not what everyone has in mind when they look for accommodation over water: the view and the exclusivity is the only luxury you’ll get in this hut.

It is the only hut like this that exists in the “tribe stay” offer. “Tribe stays” are not like the traditional hotel. It provides a more authentic experience and an opportunity to exchange with local people, the Kanaks.

New Caledonia Accommodation Over Water - View of the Lagoon
View of the lagoon from the room

The comfort is usually minimal and kept traditional with the mattresses on the floor and shared bathroom and toilets a few metres away. There is no air con, but the breeze was coming in nicely from the window and the door that we let slightly opened.

We don’t need more than that, as long as it’s clean! So the Gite Seday was perfect for us.

Unlike in the resorts, there’s no swimming pool but who cares when you can refresh in the beautiful lagoon? We spotted a few anemonefish (Nemo!) while snorkelling there and in the morning, a big Napoleon fish came to greet us. Jacques, who owns the Gite Seday, was a fantastic host and we learnt a lot about Mare and the Kanak culture while he and his family served us dinner.

Where: Gite Seday in Roh, at the North of Mare, one of the Loyalty Islands that you can reach with a domestic flight from Noumea

Price: Less than 50 euros for two people per night and 60 euros for three people (maximum).

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New Caledonia: Accommodation Over Water in Noumea

Escapade Ilot Maitre

In a different style, this hotel in Noumea is the best beachfront accommodation in New Caledonia and close to what most people define as Paradise.


New Caledonia Accommodation Over Water - Noumea Best Place To Stay
Photo credit: Tamyka Bell

If you’re after luxury – and you have the budget for it – this will be your favourite option.

After a short boat trip from Noumea (20 minutes), you’ll reach the small Ilot Maitre to stay on the only hotel on the island. And there, your bungalow over water will have all the comfort you could dream of. The hotel offers all you need as well including facilities for a fun stay with a restaurant, a bar, a swimming pool, a massage centre, a water-sport centre… and even a chapel if you want to celebrate something special!

The Ilot Maitre lagoon is known to have resident turtles so make sure you keep an eye open!

I didn’t go myself to this hotel. We were travelling as a group, and this would have exploded our budget. But for a romantic getaway as a couple, it sounds fantastic.


Where: Escapade Ilot Maitre, a small island in front of Noumea.

Price: Around 230 euros for two people per night, breakfast included.

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New Caledonia: Accommodation Over Water You Can Afford was last modified: March 5th, 2018 by Eloise

I am a part-time traveller: I combine a full-time job with a passion for travelling. I love to share my trips and tips to inspire others to explore what’s around them. Before moving to Australia, I lived in France, England and Turkey. I’ve finally found my balance in Brisbane.

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