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New Caledonia travel guide

New Caledonia lies about halfway between Brisbane and Fiji, a Melanesian paradise that is also a French territory, with jaw-dropping natural beauty and a delectable influence of France (that’s right: think food). There’s an endless list of things to experience here, from exploring the tiny capital city of Noumea to island-hopping by sail boat, discovering the magnificent Isle of Pines, snorkelling above the pristine coral reefs of Ile aux canards (Island of ducks) and… we could go on.If you’re planning a visit, take a look through our New Caledonia travel guide and find out just what delights are awaiting for you in this special South Pacific paradise. We’ve collected the best tips from our travel experts, and have all sorts of suggestions for things to do, the best time to travel, where to stay, getting around New Caledonia and more.

Where to stay

Each island of the French archipelago has its own unique charm and character. The sprawling main island of Grand Terre, with its tropical metropolis of Noumea, is a place where French architecture and dining clash spectacularly with native culture. Meanwhile, the intense wild allure of the eastern islands is inexplicable and unforgettable. Lush forests give way to pristine stretches of white sand and crystal-clear waters, creating the most surreal and uninhibited natural beauty. New Caledonia is unlike anything you have ever experienced, and you’ll love your holiday here no matter...

Things to do

The list of things to do in New Caledonia is almost endless. Each island is more beautiful than the next. Explore the tiny capital city of Noumea, or go sailing out to a secluded beach on a surrounding island, such as the Isle of Pines. The striking character of each island, restaurant, market and beach is unmistakable.

Travel tips

Though it’s only a few hours’ flight from the east coast of Australia, this tropical oasis can also feel a world away from home – so having some New Caledonia travel tips can help you feel comfortable on your way to your holiday. While certain aspects of the territory may feel familiar, the French influence over the culture and language brings a touch of Europe to proceedings. It’s always a good idea to leave yourself plenty of time to plan ahead, no matter how close to home your destination is. Sufficient planning and preparation will ensure you get the maximum amount of enjoyment...

Getting Around

Getting around is simple with so many options for New Caledonia transport readily available. With an inexhaustible list of things to see across so many beaches, towns and islands, getting from one spot to another may not always be achievable using one method of transport. Whether you travel by water taxi, coach, hire car, or simply by walking, New Caledonia is well equipped to cater to all your transport needs. New Caledonia is a place of unparalleled beauty, so luckily getting from A to B is never a dull experience.

Where to eat

New Caledonia food and drink provides an adventure in gastronomy. Tropical island flavours are served with a sophisticated French twist at over 150 restaurants in Noumea. Homegrown ingredients and fresh seafood are front and centre on the menu, making every dish delicious and indulgent. From tropical fruits, to cured meats and the best in gourmet crustaceans, New Caledonia food markets, such as the Port Moselle Market, offer extraordinary local produce. French cosmopolitan cuisine moves effortlessly between the modern and the traditional in New Caledonia restaurants. The finest French...

Shopping

Designer fashion meets tropical island chic – New Caledonia shopping is quite a unique experience. The city of Noumea is your one-stop shop for all things designer and boutique. Along just two streets you’ll find the latest in French fashion: clothes, jewellery, accessories, perfume, and lingerie. Among the designer stores you can also find beautiful local-made jewellery and accessories. Meanwhile, custom accessory shops and markets, such as the Noumea Morning Market, are filled with local creations – these are great places to pick up a one-of-a-kind gift or keepsake. Make sure to...

Best time to travel

The best time to travel here is anytime, thanks to the fabulous weather in New Caledonia. The delightful semi-tropical climate means the islands are home to perfectly metered temperatures and lots of sunshine. Every season is ideal for taking a dip in the crystalline waters of the ocean and lagoons, or doing a spot of sunbathing. New Caledonia guarantees blue skies, with only 20 days of overcast and rain on average for the entire calendar year. The territory also enjoys south-easterly breezes, sure to keep you cool and comfortable.

Beaches

Immaculate white sands and crystal blue waters – New Caledonia beaches are the epitome of perfection. Journey out of the wilderness to discover the most strikingly beautiful stretches of sands in the South Pacific. There’s a reason the native Kanak culture is considered so peaceful and welcoming: island living is an exercise in relaxation. Lounge in the white sands, or take to the water and experience absolute revitalisation. New Caledonia is home to so many beaches, and they’re all waiting for you to discover them. From city-side fun in the sun to deserted coves, find your holiday...