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Enjoy New Caledonia, a unique paradise where nature, culture and history meet.

New Caledonia is a dependent overseas territory of France lying in the South-western Pacific Ocean, in the heart of Melanesia in the Coral Sea, to the east of Australia and to the west of Vanuatu.

The territory consists of the main island of Grand Terre, the archipelago of the Loyalty Islands (Iles Loyautés), the Isle of Pines (Ile Des Pins) and numerous small, sparsely populated islands and atolls.

          Experience the untouched wilderness of New Caledonia’s renowned biodiversity with an exceptional variety of preserved and natural landscapes where indigenous species thrive:

  • lagoons with glistening turquoise waters
  • powdery white sand beaches
  • untouched primal forests
  • vast meadows
  • mountains covered with kaori trees and tree-like ferns
  • red arid earth scattered with pristine lakes and rivers

          Explore the virgin and luxuriant forests in the center of New Caledonia, surrounded by the Caledonian bush where the savannah of Niaouli extends.

          Meander along New Caledonia’s west coast where golden grassy plains stretch out, dotted with white niaouli trees.

Relax and luxuriate on the north-eastern coast, covered with white sand beaches, black rocks ( in Hienghène or Poya) and enjoy the crystal clear rivers and waterfalls where swimming and walking provide some exhilarating exercise.

Witness the barren areas of red earth in the south which replace the jungle, contrasting with the blue of the sky and the green of the forests. (Blue River Provincial Park in Yaté, Prony Bay, Casy Island, Madeleine Falls, Yaté Dam, …)

          Just off the coast, gaze at the Isle of Pines which conceals Oro Bay, one of the wonders of the Pacific Ocean. Two rocky headlands covered with impressive columnar pine trees watch over the immaculate crescent beach bathed by the turquoise waters of the lagoon.

          North of Upi Bay, the natural swimming pool is an aquarium of translucent water, sheltered from the ocean, which slowly appears at the end of a coral reef-lined passage.

In the north, hidden in the mangrove swamp, stands the Heart of Voh, a large formation of vegetation famously seen in photographs around the world. A short flight over the Heart of Voh in ULM (microlight aircraft) will provide thrilling sights, not to be missed.

Among the must-see marvels are the rocky formations of the Broody Hen in Hiengyhène and of the Bonhomme de Bourail.

And witness the exceptional beauty on the Islands of the Shabadran terraces, the rocks of Luengoni, Chateaubriand Beach, le Saut du Guerrier in Maré, the Mouli Bridge on the Island of Ouvéa, the cliffs of Jokin, the vanilla plantations on Lifou, Kuto Bay and Kanumera Rock on the Isle of Pines.

Ethnic groups and authentic culture of the Kanak people

          Throughout the Islands, over 300 tribes live in villages nestled in coconut or banana plantations. The kanak chiefs’ huts are topped with spear-like carvings, surrounded by small gardens. The churches, chapels, temples and missions follow one another at the base of the valley hugging alongside the lagoon.
Kanak culture is marked by the traditional ceremonies of greeting and customary practices. Wooden sculptures and Amerindian totem poles are parts of everyday life.

Experience one aspect of the country’s cultural diversity on the west coast of New Caledonia where the small villages of Paita, Bourail, Koné or Koumac create a “Far West” atmosphere. Locals enjoy rodeos, and in the grassy plains, cowboys watch over herds of cattle.

Among the yearly picturesque must-see events are the Farm and Craft Fair of Bourail and the Worm of bancoule Festival in Boulouparis. (A good occasion to taste some raw or cooked little worms…bon appetit!)

          And don’t forget to take in the authentic cultures as well as the breathtaking tropical landscapes of the Loyalty Islands (Lifou, Ouvéa and Maré).

Traces of History to be found in New Caledonia

Planet Earth is marked by the histories of indigenous populations. The New Caledonian archipelago was first discovered by the British explorer Captain James Cook, in 1774. A century later, under French rule, New Caledonia became a penal colony. Ruins and vestiges of this colonial period can still be seen amongst the vegetation.

          The world renown Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center, a unique architectural complex designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, teaches us about the heritage of the local Kanak culture. Here you will learn about the country’s rich past as well as get a glimpse at its bright and shining future.

A wide range of touristic activities appealing to your personal desires.

Water sports and activities in New Caledonia

The archipelago offers a wide range of activities for nature lovers and water sports enthusiasts.

Part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, both the New Caledonian barrier reef is the second largest in the world while its magnificent lagoon, is the largest in the world.

There is ample opportunity for completely safe scuba diving and snorkeling where you can discover dolphins, tortoises, dugongs (like a manatee or sea cow), sharks, and the myriad of species of fish inhabiting the coral reef.

          You will find plenty of diving sites in Nouméa, Koumac, Hienghène, Poindimié, and everywhere on Grande Terre, the principal island of New Caledonia.

          You can happily participate in all water sports in idyllic and safe conditions including paddle boarding, kite surfing, surfing, windsurfing, kayaking or jet skiing.

Fans of sailing will discover the lagoon, scattered with idyllic islands and dream spots like Amédée Lighthouse, Duck Island, Master Island and the beaches nearby in Nouméa (Anse Vata and Lemon Bay).

The “caillou” ( “The Rock”), one of the nicknames given to New Caledonia, is also a paradise for amateurs of equestrian hikes, walking, tree top adventure parks, mountain biking, playing golf and fishing.

And if skydiving, paragliding, ULM (microlight aircraft) or flying in a helicopter is one of your hobbies or even on your bucket list, you’ll be able to enjoy these activities too!

Cultural activities and exploration expeditions in New Caledonia

Come and discover Melanesian cooking, drink in the fragrances of sandalwood and vanilla, immerse yourself in the rich Kanak culture.

A well-maintained asphalt road goes all around Grande Terre and several secondary roads connect the east to the west coast.

A travel agency specialized to meet your individual needs, at your own pace

Our travel agency, specialized in New Caledonia tourism, will be happy to advise you and organize tailor-made trips to meet your specific requirements whether for group or for individual travel.

          Our advisors can organize and take charge of every detail of your stay including recommending and booking your accommodations, giving you insightful advice regarding the country, transportation (plane tickets, ferries), car rental and guided tours.

Our local agency proposes travel packages, special promotional opportunities, individually designed routes and auto tours.

Inter-island transportation is also organized by our travel agency with Air Calédonie or with the “Betico”, a rapid catamaran which will enable you to reach the Isle of Pines, Lifou, Maré and Ouvéa.

          Our website enables you to receive estimates and to make secured credit card transactions.

          Our experienced travel counselors possess an in-depth expertise in New Caledonia and its gems and will be able to design personalized stays to meet your expectations. We will recommend the accommodation best suited to meet your needs and budget from among the wide offering of hotels, holiday cottages and bed & breakfasts.

We can arrange for you to share the life of Kanaks, the indigenous inhabitants of New Caledonia, and to stay for a night or more with a local tribe where you will be welcomed. This stay will give you a unique insight into tribal life, respectful of cultures and traditions.

We can organize a boat trip on the lagoon of the Isle of Pines and its islets, or a traditional pirogue (canoe) ride on Upi Bay, or a catamaran ride to go whale watching with the best skippers and local guides.

Our travel agency is recognized for the excellent quality of its services among tour operators and travel agents.

A Perfect Honeymoon Destination

New Caledonia is the ideal and unique destination for a dream honeymoon. Fine sand beaches renowned among the most beautiful in the world, blue transparent waters and coconut trees. New Caledonia is the ultimate destination for newlyweds and nature lovers.

Things to Know Before You Go

New Caledonia is also for backpackers and globe trotters and joins Tahiti as one of the essential steps of a trip to the South Pacific.

In New Caledonia you will find the many global and prestigious hotels including Sheraton or Hilton.

Aircalin/Air France (Air Caledonia International) serves the South Pacific archipelago, French Polynesia, Vanuatu, the Wallis Islands and Futuna and the Fidji Islands, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia as well as destinations in Europe, Asia and North America.

Taking into account the long flights and the inevitable jet lag, plan at least for a two-week visit.

In New Caledonia you will happily experience sunshine year- round but the most ideal period with fewer strong winds and storms is October through December.