New Caledonia provides idyllic beaches, iconic landscapes, beautiful islands, and a vast diverse range of marine and plant life. There are endless tempting places to visit, culture to experience, and landscapes to enjoy as you chose your journey around this unforgettable archipelago.
When to visit
The climate is tropical. Hot and humid from November to March with temperatures in the high 20’s to low 30’s. And a cooler, drier period from June to August with temperatures in the low to mid 20’s. You can swim and relax all year round.
Domestic flights with the national domestic carrier Air Caledonie depart from Magenta Domestic Airport located 15km from Noumea (the two airports are not connected). Flights depart several times a day to such parts of the archipelago as the Loyalty Islands and Isle of Pines.
Car rental companies abound in Noumea and offer a wonderful way to thoroughly explore the country. Driving in New Caledonia is on the right-hand side of the road, and a valid driving licence from your own country is all you need to be able to legally drive. Roads are usually in excellent condition. It is also possible to secure car hire in the Loyalty Islands and Isle de Pines, allowing you to visit smaller communities and deserted expanses of white sandy beach.
New Caledonia is actually one of Australia’s nearest neighbours. This beautiful French island offers a fascinating combination of sophisticated French style and cuisine together with the friendly, laid back Pacific-island culture.
Fly Aircalin from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Noumea in a three and a half hour flight maximum. Explore Noumea and the island of Grande Terre, the Isle of Pines and the four Loyalty Islands of Lifou, Ouvéa, Maré and Tiga. The island is blessed with stunning natural wonders, including a UNESCO site and the largest lagoon in the world.
Do not miss the Heart of Voh, a heart shape formed naturally by mother nature. There is so much to do in New Caledonia! French paradise at your doorstep.
One of the best ways to experience New Caledonia is on a Self-Drive holiday. It allows you to see places you wouldn’t be able to see on any other type of holiday! We recommend at least 10 days to really see all the different areas of New Caledonia. Places you shouldn’t miss on a road trip around New Caledonia:
West Coast – Swim in the UNESCO World Heritage Lagoon which is swarming with turtles and fish, go horse riding in the cowboy country or take part in the numerous activities offered in Bourail.
East Coast - Admire the incredible Hen Rock formation in Hienghene, learn about Tribal Life in Poindimie & visit some of the remote tropical islands spotted along the coast. The East Coast is a highlight for many of our guests!
North Coast – Fly over the Famous Heat of Voh in an Ultra-light flight, the Heart of Voh is a naturally formed heart-shape in the Mangroves designed by hundreds of years of low and high tides! Visit the more traditional laid-back area of Poum which is the northernmost tip of the Grande Terre.
South Coast– You will think you’re in the Australian Outback with all the bright red iron rich soil that you will find down in the South! The blue River Provincial Park is a highlight, here you can see the drowned forest or even go on a bush walk to find the famous Kagu Bird – an almost flightless bird that’s only found in New Caledonia!
Some popular New Caledonia Packages
Take the ultimate road trip across unique tribal areas, unspoilt nature and tropical paradise of New Caledonia. From Noumea, drive towards Bourail, Poum, Hienghene, Poindimie, and La Foa to uncover the time-honored tradition of Melanesia and its extraordinary beauty and diversity.
Why we love it!
Hop on a 3-hour flight and be transported to an island paradise with a French touch. The influence of France is so rich and abundant on the archipelago - from the architecture in Noumea to the freshly baked croissants of the local bakeries. Taste New Caledonia's unique fusion of Pacific and French cuisine. The best cheese and wine from France are also available on the islands.
Yes, that’s right. Hailed as the largest lagoon in the entire world, the Lagoon boasts a stunning array of shades of blue that any water baby will surely appreciate, along with marine life so diverse and exceptional that UNESCO bestowed it the status of World Heritage site in 2008.
Consisting of four archipelagos made up by dozens of islands and islets, there are many beautiful places to explore. Relax on the white sands of Ouvéa, swim or snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Isle of Pines, and learn about the folklore of the locals through dance on the island of Lifou.
New Caledonia offers countless of adventures for the active soul. Between air, land and sea, there is something for everyone. Trekking, snorkeling, mountain bike riding, horseback riding will lead you to the heart of Caledonian nature. Scuba diving promises the discovery of exceptional spots. Finally, get ready for the jump of the century, by skydiving above the most beautiful lagoon in the world!
Get to know the New Caledonian Melanesians who inhabit the islands. Visit the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre to get a glimpse of the Kanaks. Celebrate the islands indigenous heritage by viewing traditional artworks, indulging in the cuisine, watching cultural performances, and more.
Fly over the Famous Heart of Voh in an Ultra-light flight, the Heart of Voh, located north of Koné, is a naturally formed heart-shape in the Mangroves designed by hundreds of years of low and high tides! If flying isn't your thing, consider taking the track up to the 400-metre high viewing deck at Mt. Kathépaïk for an excellent alternative.
Ever dreamt of having your own private beach? Preserved from Mass Tourism, in New Caledonia stumbling upon a deserted patch of pristine white sand happens on the regular. Especially in the postcard-perfect Isle of Pines and Loyalty Islands – just turn up, sit back and embrace the feeling of solitude.
In New Caledonia, nature does not conceal its pleasures. Idyllic beaches border the largest lagoon in the world, and thick forests are home to more than 3,000 native species. The French archipelago is a promise of the exoticness to explore by land, by sea or by air!
Outback plains on the West Coast. Tropical mountains on the East Coast. Eye-wateringly beautiful beaches in the Loyalty Islands. Buzzing city life in capital Noumea. Deserts in the Great South. You can have several different holidays in one!