Parc Provincial de la Rivière Bleue
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Spacious protected Blue River Park is a reserve for many bird species, including the cagou . The landscape is a mixture of the far south’s typical scrub vegetation and dense rainforest, and includes gigantic kaori trees, at least 1000 years old with trunks up to 2.7m across. Take the RP3 from La Coulée to get to the western end of the hydroelectric dam, Lac de Yaté , where you enter lovely Parc Provincial de la Rivière Bleue.
There is a visitor information centre by the entrance gate which has good displays in English and French on the park’s flora and fauna. At the entrance you will also find free maps that outline the park’s many walks. A bus departs almost hourly (7.30am too3.15pm, 400 CFP) from Port Perignon to Vieux Refuge.
One of the park’s famous features is a drowned kaori forest, the trunks reaching, ghostlike, out of the clear blue water. Go on a moonlit paddle to become part of it.
To the west and northwest of the park are the Rivière Blanche and Rivière Bleue, Lac de Yaté’s main tributaries. You can drive along the banks of Rivière Blanche to the end of the road, walk or bike along the Rivière Bleue side, or kayak up the river.