Here's your chance to learn about Paris commune exiles and Queen Hortense's attempts to hide with a visit to Convict Cemetery, Notre Dame l'Assomption and Queen Hortense's Cave. Along the way soak in beautiful island and bay views.
Take a ride to the Kuto area to see crumbling prison walls and stand at Convict Cemetery, the final resting place of nearly 200 Paris deportees who died in exile in the late 1800s. Look past the 12 rows of unmarked graves to see the white, pyramid-shaped monument erected to the more than 20 women and children who lost their lives while attempting to escape the island in a handmade boat.
Walk to the fresh water cave where 16 year old Queen Hortense hid out for one year while various outside tribes warmed up to the idea of a female succeeding her father the Chief. Marvel at the pretty stained glass windows and construction of Notre Dame de l'Assomption, built in 1860 entirely by convicts. While at Vao village enjoy gorgeous views of St. Joseph Bay and St. Maurice Bay and nearby Brush Island. Stop for lunch at Mr. Jean Kaatheu's Place to enjoy sumptuous local fare including chicken or fish, salad, dessert, and coffee or tea. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.
Book now for an unforgettable day surveying New Caledonia's dark past and natural splendor