Ouvea (132 km²; 3,374 inhabitants (2014)) is the northernmost island of the archipelago of the Loyalty Islands. The island is therefore the warmest of all even in the local winter. Ouvea is made up of two main islands, Ouvea and Mouli, connected to each other by a small bridge, around which there are numerous other small islands that form the Pléiades du Nord and the Pléiades du Sud.
Administratively Ouvea is divided into five districts, from south to north we find that of Mouli, Fayaoué, Takedji, Saint-Joseph and Imone. The most important village is that of Fayaoué which is also the administrative center of the island.
Ouvea is one of the most beautiful atolls in the Pacific, reaches a maximum height of 46 meters and has a white sand beach that stretches continuously for 25 km. The island is crossed by a single road which in some places allows the view of the lagoon and the ocean at the same time. The most spectacular places on the island are the cliffs of Lékine and the beach of Mouli.
ISLAND OF OUVEA: WHAT TO SEE
The island of Ouvea is a coral atoll, one of the most beautiful in the Pacific, with a beach of fine white sand that stretches on the west coast for almost 25 kilometers.
On the other side of the island, along the east coast, a chain of coral reefs stops the waves of the Pacific ocean, these reefs are particularly beautiful at the bay of Lekine (south of the island). Here, during low tide, it is possible to explore the cliffs, and the caves hidden in them, in one of these there is a statue of the Virgin Mary, from the cliffs the view towards the bridge of Mouly (Mouli) is wonderful.
The most beautiful area of the island is certainly the southern one. In particular, the one where the bridge of Mouly (Mouli) is located, which connects the main island with the islet of Mouli. Here there is an expanse of white sand and a sea with every shade of blue and white.
On the island, the monument to the martyrs of Hwaadrila (Wadrilla) with the nearby Protestant church dating from 1887 and the caves of Kong Hulup located east of Fayaoué are worth visiting. In the lagoon of the island are the numerous islets that form the Pléiades islands, and the farthest Beautemps-Beaupré atoll.