The definition of perfection for many travellers, New Caledonia is an island paradise surrounded by the most vivid blue lagoon. So beautiful is this lagoon in fact, that it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, teeming with marine life to be explored by snorkelling, kayaking or glass-bottomed boat. It’s not just the pristine tropical environment that makes New Caledonia so inviting, however, it’s the country’s rich French heritage and high end style. Think warm hospitality with European elegance in Noumea’s high-end boutiques, and gourmet French cuisine served in beachside cafes. A colonial outpost, New Caledonia today takes the best bits of its French history and pacific island location, to show a strong sense of charming local pride.
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.
Wonderfully fresh and local, New Caledonian cuisine is a surprising fusion of flavours. Island spices, tropical ingredients, and French technique are rich across the restaurants and markets here. Local delicacies include the freshest seafood and venison, vanilla, and sweet potatoes. Coupled with the finest French wine, dining in New Caledonia is deliciously gourmet.
From local boutiques and markets to well-known names in high-end fashion, shopping in New Caledonia is an eclectic experience. Charming handcrafted jewellery is a mix of Paris chic and South Pacific spirit. French labels are abundant, and the Latin Quarter of Noumea is home to wonderfully one-of-a-kind concept stores. It’s easy to spend a lot time (and money) on island retail therapy.
By land, sea or air, New Caledonia is a place of exotic beauty. Idyllic beaches border the world’s largest lagoon, and the waters here are home to fascinating animals including dugongs and green sea turtles. Snorkel or scuba dive in pristine clear waters over plentiful coral reefs. Walk coastal headlands and hiking paths above small villages, or even play a round of golf with the most magnificent views.
White sand and sunshine – what more could you need? New Caledonia beaches are the epitome of tropical island relaxation. Uninterrupted coastal stretches and hidden coves will have you falling in love with the postcard-perfect territory. Beaches are simply everywhere, even in the middle of the lagoon. We couldn’t blame you if you never want to leave!
New Caledonia’s islands are strikingly alluring. The people of the islands are harmonious and welcoming – and the smiling is absolutely infectious! Trek deep into ancient rainforests, explore hidden caves, and go fishing with the locals. Stay with a local tribe in a village bungalow, or live luxuriously in a hotel. You may even visit a vanilla plantation and enjoy a delicious coffee with the owners.
Local fairs, festivals, museums, and art galleries are brimming with the cultural roots of New Caledonia. Learn local customs and language with local tribes, and explore a history of colonisation and ancient heritage in one of the islands’ museums. Traditional art and turn-of-the-century French works are on display in New Caledonia’s galleries. Meanwhile, festivals of music and dance offer a space to let your hair down.