Chutes de la Madeleine

Grande Terre

This ladylike waterfall, with its wide apron of tinkling water, sits in a botanic reserve in the middle of a vast plain. Swimming is forbidden at the waterfall, but allowed back towards the main road.

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1. Le Site de Netcha

1.15 MILES

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2. Touaourou Church

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3. Prony

7.66 MILES

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4. Parc Provincial de la Rivière Bleue

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5. Cascade de Wadiana

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At Goro on the east coast the road passes beside Wadiana falls, which cascade down a rocky slope into a natural pool where you can swim.

6. Port Boisé

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7. Tjibaou Cultural Centre

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8. Parc Zoologique et Forestier

25.75 MILES

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