A destination that would be wrong to book for honeymoons, New Caledonia has so much to teach us, about our history, cultural differences and generosity and sharing. The "Pebble" is a raw jewel like nickel that its depths conceal, which is softened and shaped as the encounters take place. Nouméa, a modern and Europeanized capital, is home to most of the territory's population. It is bordered by beautiful turquoise beaches offering a wide range of water sports: sailing, kitesurfing, scuba diving, water taxi rides, kayaking or simply exploring with palm-top mask and tuba. Nouméa is also home to the must-see Tjibaou Cultural Centre, an architectural marvel and a window on local culture. The rest of the large island stretches over 400 km of wild and arid landscapes in the west and tropical landscapes in the east. In between, the Poingam Peninsula, to the far north, is populated by wild horses and marks the fragile boundary between purple-tinged land and an almost translucent sea. To the west, the three islands Loyalty Maré, Lifou and Ouvéa each have their own personality and traditions. We will walk for a long time on idyllic beaches, observing the colourful seabed or unique rock formations while enjoying a cuisine composed mainly of seafood and fish caught to measure. Finally, in the very south, the Isle of Pines is the ultimate treasure of Caledonia, the one you would like to keep just for yourself, almost unreal.

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When to go to New Caledonia?

The tourist seasons are not very marked because there are not many tourists (about 100,000 per year). The most popular season is between October and December (it is better to buy your flight ticket in advance) because the climate is very pleasant during this period. July and August are also busier but prices remain the same all year round. Try to match your trip to the calendar of Kanak festivities, which are unique moments of exchange and will allow you to learn a little more about the local culture.

How to go to New Caledonia? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Due to the number of islands and the various possible combinations, tour operators will offer you many tailor-made stays in New Caledonia. In 15 days you can visit up to two islands in addition to Grande Terre, or opt for a diving or hiking stay. Allow at least one month if you want to visit all the islands.

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While travelling alone in New Caledonia does not pose any particular safety problems, public transport is very underdeveloped. It will be necessary to book excursions on site or rent a car to move around the Grande Terre in complete peace of mind. Since hotels are often very isolated, please always book in advance to give them time to prepare for your visit.

By plane. The national airline Air Calédonie offers domestic flights to the various islands of the archipelago.

By boat. It is also possible to reach the Isle of Pines, Maré and Lifou aboard the catamaran Betico 2.

By bus. Carsud serves Nouméa's suburban network to the municipalities of Païta, Dumbéa, Mont Dore and La Tontouta airport. The R.A.I. serves almost all the communes of Grande Terre at more than reasonable prices

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When to travel?

The tourist seasons are not very marked because there are not many tourists (about 100,000 per year). The most popula...
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Weather forecast

In Caledonia the seasons are reversed: summer takes place from December to March. Its temperatures vary between 25 an...
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Budget

In New Caledonia, the Pacific franc (CFP or XPF) is used, the rate of which is fixed with the euro. It cannot be repe...
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Formalities

New Caledonia depends on the French Republic: it is a community with a special status, known as de sui generis. Your...
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Health

Mosquitoes. New Caledonia regularly experiences major dengue fever epidemics, including several fatal cases, s...
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How to travel by yourself?

While travelling alone in New Caledonia does not pose any particular safety problems, public transport is very underd...
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How to get organized?

Due to the number of islands and the various possible combinations, tour operators will offer you many tailor-made st...
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Getting around

By plane. The national airline Air Calédonie offers domestic flights to the various islands of the archipelag...
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