2024 Pre-Tour to New Caledonia

IPS is pleased to invite you on a pre-tour adventure that promises to take your New Caledonia experience to new heights!

Running the length of New Caledonia are a few high plateaus dividing New Caledonia’s East and West coast. The slopes of these plateaus are home to a remarkable array of endemic palms, different from those found closer to sea level.

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve secured a rare opportunity to explore these pristine plateaus, offering an intimate group of IPS members a chance to witness nature’s wonders like never before.

Space will be reserved for the first 44 registrants. If you’re already looking to book flights for the biennial, you’ll want to come a little early!



Please note: The base price includes food and beverage, tours, & transportation only. Accommodations are not included in the rate.


Day 1. Sat Sept. 21, 2024.  LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED: PLATEAU DE DOGNY OR Montagne des sources (MTS).

Nouméa. Chateau Royal Hotel.

  • Breakfast by 7:30 AM before bus departs
  • Bus from Chateau Royal Hotel to Helicopter Pickup Point
    • Plateau De Dogny Tour helicopter pickup point: Sarramea
    • Montagne Des Sources Tour pickup point: La Coulee
  • Helicopter ride from pickup point to tour destinations. From the helicopter arrival area at each destination, there will be a short walk to view the palms.
    • Plateau De Dogny Tour  (2,800 ft elevation), we can view the following palms:
      • Basselinia velutina
      • Clinosperma bracteale
      • Basselinia tomentosa
    • Montagne Des Sources Tour (2,600 ft elevation), we can view the following palms:
      • Basselinia sordida
      • Basselinia porphyria
      • Burretiokentia grandiflora
      • Basselinia deplanchei
      • Basselinia deplanchei
      • Basselinia something (very amazing palm)
      • Basselinia humboldtiana
  • A French picnic lunch will be served along with soft drinks.
  • Our stay in the plateau region will be approximately 3 hours. Flight is about 10 minutes from the staging bus point.
  • Return to Chateau Royal at approximately 5 pm.
  • Dinner on own.
* Itinerary is tentative and subject to change.