Grotte de la Reine Hortense
Grotte de la Reine Hortense information
Lonely Planet review
Grotte de la Reine Hortense is one of New Caledonia's most impressive and well visited caves. A path leads through a beautiful wild tropical garden to the wide entrance where stalactites hang from the roof. This cave was where Queen Hortense, wife of a local chief, is believed to have taken refuge for several months during intertribal conflict in 1855.
The friendly local woman who maintains the cave and its surroundings can inform you about the history of the cave and the island in general. The cave is found just north of the airport road turning and bring your torch.