New Caledonia

New Caledonia is proudly home to the world’s largest lagoon as well as enticing palm-lined beaches.

Located in the South Pacific, New Caledonia is made up of dozens of islands. The capital, Noumea, shows the influence of the French with its restaurants and clothing shops. But travellers who seek world-class snorkelling in marine-populated lagoons, hiking and relaxing find that all of their holiday dreams can come true.

South Pacific New Caledonia

Relaxation

New Caledonia is the ultimate relaxation destination. Spas options all across New Caledonia accommodate all massage needs in all locations, from the indoor resorts to beachside appointments. Another tried and true way to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life is to soak up the sun whilst sipping a cocktail on a world-class beach.

Hikes

Hikers of all levels are welcomed in New Caledonia. A must-do nature hike is at Gouaro Deva, natural reserve where you can climb Mont Panié in the Northern Province, the highest peak of New Caledonia. Climbing the peaks of Shabadran on the island of Maré which rewards the more ambitious hiker with absolutely stunning views of the turquoise-hued ocean. And for the well-seasoned hikers, the plateau of Dogny is worth the several hours it takes to make it to summit. Views of Valley of Sarraméa, the Bay of Bourail, and the Bay of Canala are absolutely breathtaking.

Lagoons and Beaches

New Caledonia has in known for its many lagoons, including the world’s biggest one – The Lagoon. But as popular as the lagoons and beaches are, there are hidden coves for those who like a little bit of quiet. The beaches around Bourail extend about 10 kilometres, so you won’t be overwhelmed with too many other people. Some of the quieter beaches that are worth the visit include Piscine Naturelle, Isle of Pines, Poé beach, Bourail, Hienga Islet, Grande Terre and Fayaoue Beach on Ouvea Island, Loyalty Islands.

Culture

Colonial houses, temples and churches, as well as historical prisons pepper New Caledonia’s landscape. As a visitor, learning more about the rich history of New Caledonia is easy with museums and cultural centres, including the Bourail Museum, which beautifully exhibits life in the bush, and the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea, which displays the rich Melanesian culture of the past and present. But going deeper into the culture is just as easy. Experience it all first hand and stay with a local tribe to learn about the Kanak culture.

About New Caledonia

  • Fast Facts

    Fast Facts

    Language
    French
    Currency
    CFP franc
    Visa Requirements

    CIBTvisas

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  • Must Do's

    Must Do's

    • Parc Provincial de la Rivière Bleue (Protected Blue River Park – for many bird species)
    • The Islands - l'Île des Pins, Ouvéa, Lifou, Maré, Tiga
    • The Lagoons Aquarium, Noumea
    • Tjibaou Cultural Centre
    • The Noumea isles
    • Baie des citrons
    • Amedee lighthouse
    • New Caledonia Barrier Reef (world’s largest lagoon)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Family Friendly Activities

    Family Friendly Activities

    • The Lagoons Aquarium, Noumea (aquarium – good for young kids who can’t snorkel)
    • Blue River Provincial Park (bike, walk and jump into natural swimming hole)
    • Parc Zoologique Et Forestier (zoo – learn about local wildlife)
    • Tourist train ride around Noumea (see beaches, local life)
    • New Caledonia Barrier Reef (world’s largest lagoon)

     

     

     

     

     

  • Key Festivals and Events

    Key Festivals and Events

    • Yam Festivals (several per year, February – April)
    • New Caledonia Triathlon (May)
    • Night of the Museums (May)
    • Great Lagoon Regatta (June)
    • Bastille Day (14 July)
    • Noumea Carnival (August)
    • Christmas (December)
    • Omelette Festival: Dumbea (TBA)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Off the Tourist Trail

    Off the Tourist Trail

    • Meet the local Caledonian people
    • Hidden beaches at Ilot Maitre Island, Grande Terre, Piscine Naturelle, Isle of Pines, Hienga Islet, Grande Terre, Fayaoue Beach on Ouvea Island, Loyalty Islands, Peng Beach on Lifou Island, Loyalty Island

     

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