New Caledonia ➝ South Province ➝ Bourail
Nëkwéta Surf Camp, established in January 2006, has a rich history rooted in Manu's experiences representing New Caledonia in the Oceania Surfing Cup during the mid-nineties. Surfing renowned locations like Tavarua, Samoa, and Tonga inspired Manu to create a surf camp in New Caledonia, leveraging the region's comparable surfing excellence.
Given New Caledonia's affluence from nickel mines and ties to France, the inherent cost barrier served as a blessing, preventing mass surf tourism and preserving the area's authenticity. Manu's vision focused on establishing a small, high-quality surf camp, offering guests privileged access to exceptional breaks, a beautiful lagoon, and an authentic cultural and culinary experience.
Manu commenced the project by acquiring a small plot of land with a basic corrugated iron shack. Through dedicated weekend efforts, he developed essential facilities, including a hut and a cozy bungalow, with the support of friends and family. The Flores family, based in Newport, Sydney, played a pivotal role when Patrick Flores, Jeremy's father, embraced and supported Manu's vision along with friends Grant and Yves.
Collective efforts led to the camp's expansion, incorporating amenities like a deck with a fire pit, a kitchen, and the grand Faré with a dining room and a shop. The camp's evolution also included upgrading transportation from a worn-down zodiac to a sturdy banana boat.
Today, Nëkwéta Surf Camp stands as a magical haven, offering enhanced comfort for groups or families of six. It caters to those seeking an exceptional surf trip, providing a private surf camp experience with a dedicated boat, incredible waves, and the guidance of a local expert—a hybrid figure reminiscent of Crocodile Dundee and Nat Young, complete with a charming French accent.
Nëkwéta Surf Camp's luxurious tropical garden, a mere 2-minute walk from Roche Percée beach, enhances the overall experience. The Legend of Turtle Bay, a sacred site, adds a cultural dimension, where the souls of deceased great men are said to reside, protecting the living. The tale underscores the sacredness of this land, urging respect for its tranquility.
Through the association Bwara – Tortues Marines, founded by Manu 10 years ago, Turtle Bay is protected from vehicular access and camping. The association, active since 2012, engages in reforesting the coastline and safeguarding the beach. Poe beaches, located 15 minutes away by car, provide additional opportunities for exploration and enjoyment.