Islands of New Caledonia

New Caledonia

New Caledonia overview

The closest tropical island to mainland Australia, New Caledonia is the Pacific’s undiscovered gem. New Caledonia, a French overseas territory, is situated in the Pacific to the east of Australia, boasting a vast, distinctive, and diverse range of landscapes, cultures, and activities. The modern coastal capital, Nouméa, is a hub of attractions. The islands’ paradise beaches are captivatingly picturesque, and the Kanak spirit animates the lush East Coast. The West Coast invites exploration of the authentic Wild West, where “bushmen” reside. Lastly, the Great South, with its myriad of outdoor activities, is an adventurer’s paradise.

Map showing flight times from USA, Europe, Canada, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand from New Caledonia

Example New Caledonia itineraries

Island hopping in New Caledonia offers a luxurious adventure with turquoise lagoons, white sandy beaches, and French-influenced cuisine. Stay in stylish resorts, enjoy water sports, and experience the local culture and traditions.

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8 Day Rediscover Relaxation in New Caledonia

Embark on a luxurious 8-day journey to New Caledonia, starting with 4 days in Noumea, the vibrant capital city. Indulge in opulent accommodations, gourmet dining, and explore the city's rich cultural heritage. Visit the bustling markets, soak up the sun on pristine beaches, and dive into the crystal-clear waters teeming with marine life. Then, escape to the serene Isle of Pines for 3 nights of pur...


Top New Caledonia locations

New Caledonia is a French territory situated in the South Pacific, known for its stunning lagoon, World Heritage-listed barrier reef, and diverse landscapes of mountains, forests, and savannahs. The capital Noumea offers a mix of French elegance and Pacific Island charm, while smaller islands like Lifou and Ouvea offer secluded luxury escapes.

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Noumea - New Caledonia

Nouméa, located on the archipelago’s largest island, serves as the gateway to New Caledonia’s varied regions and stunning islands. Hire a car and embark on a road trip to the West or East Coast, or explore the spectacular Great South. Take a day trip to the small islands surrounding the city by boat or enjoy a scenic flight for an aerial view of the region. The New Caledonian capital offers cultural attractions and fun activities for families. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover Nouméa and all it has to offer, from engaging cultural attractions to unforgettable ocean views. Read More

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Isle of Pines - Southern New Caledonia

The Isle of Pines (l’Île des Pins), situated in southern New Caledonia, is known as ‘the closest island to paradise.’ The Kuniés, proud inhabitants of the island, dot the crysta...

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Déva hills and Poé beach - West Coast

The Domaine de Déva, situated within a large protected natural area, includes the dry forest at its heart, the seagrass beds along Poé Beach, and part of the West Coastal Zone, encompassing the G...

Best resorts in New Caledonia

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DoubleTree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort

Escape to Doubletree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort, a luxurious private island getaway in the New Caledonia lagoon. Enjoy turquoise waters, lush vegetation, beach relaxation, water sports, spa, fitness center, and diverse dining options. Ideal for a romantic or family vacation amidst New Caledonia’s stunning beauty. ...

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Sheraton Deva Spa & Golf Resort, New Caledonia

The Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa and Golf Resort is a beautiful beachfront resort located in B...

Upscale New Caledonia luxury at Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa
Le Méridien Noumea, New Caledonia

Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa captures the cosmopolitan, energetic spirit of New Caledonia...

Le Meridien Isle of Pines honeymoons
Le Méridien Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

Discover the captivating Le Méridien Ile des Pins, nestled on one of New Caledonia’s renow...


Frequently asked questions

How do I get to New Caledonia?

New Caledonia is located in the South Pacific Ocean. Most travelers fly to La Tontouta International Airport (NOU), which is the main international gateway to the country. Direct flights are available from Australia 2hrs 25 and New Zealand 2 hr 45 mins.

What is the best time to visit New Caledonia?

New Caledonia has a subtropical climate, making it pleasant to visit year-round. The high season is during the dry and cooler months from May to September when the temperatures are comfortable. However, New Caledonia can be visited throughout the year, and even during the wetter months, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy.

What is the currency in New Caledonia, and can I use US dollars?

The currency in New Caledonia is the French Pacific Franc (XPF). While the local currency is used for most transactions, some establishments in tourist areas might accept major credit cards or US dollars. It’s advisable to exchange some currency upon arrival, and ATMs are available in major towns.

Are there any cultural customs or etiquette I should be aware of in New Caledonia?

Are there any cultural customs or etiquette I should be aware of in New Caledonia? New Caledonia has a blend of French and Kanak cultures. It is important to respect their customs and traditions. When visiting villages or sacred sites, it is customary to seek permission and follow any guidelines provided. Dressing modestly and avoiding revealing clothing is appreciated, especially in more traditional areas.

What is the tipping culture in New Caledonia?

Tipping is not a common practice in New Caledonia. Service charges are usually included in the bill, particularly in hotels and restaurants. However, if you receive exceptional service, leaving a small gratuity as a token of appreciation is always welcomed.

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