The South Pacific island group of New Caledonia is a French overseas territory where you will find French culture mixed with local traditions. Just like other South Pacific islands, New Caledonia is home to pristine beaches, lagoons, mountain vistas and coral reefs and offers excellent water-sports opportunities.
The main island Grand Terre is surrounded by a massive barrier reef and is home to the capital city – Noumea and most of New Caledonia’s highlights. Located at the southern coast of the island, Noumea is a sophisticated cosmopolitan city ringed by a scenic landscape. Noumea offers some great places to dine and shop, a lively nightlife, and palm-tree beaches. The Tjibaou Cultural Centre on the city’s outskirts is the best place to learn about New Caledonia’s indigenous Kanak people and their traditions, art and handicrafts.
Around 65 km away from Noumea, Blue River National Park is a bird lover’s delight, where you can go hiking and birdwatching or enjoy kayaking in the Blue River. From here, you can head out to the Fall of the Madeleine – a cascading waterfall.
The township of Bourail is located roughly in the centre of Grand Terre. The place is known for the unique rock formations of Roche Percee Beach. Speaking of rock formations, don’t miss the 60m tall, towering limestone rocks of Hienghene, located on the island’s north-east coast. Coeur de Voh (also known as the Heart of Voh) is a mangrove swamp which resembles the shape of a human heart. You can witness the heart by walking to a viewpoint, but it is recommended to opt for a helicopter tour for the best view.
The Ouvea Island (also known as Uvea) to the east of Grand Terre, is known for its namesake lagoon along with thick rainforests and pristine beaches. If you’re visiting the island in the month of July, don’t forget to check out the island’s lagoon festival. Located to the south of Grand Terre, Ile des Pins (also known as the Isle of Pines) is famous for its tall pine trees and white-sand beaches along with top-class diving and snorkelling opportunities.
New Caledonia is one of the gems of the Pacific Ocean. Book a trip today and explore this amazing group of islands.
The Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea the best place to learn about the culture of New Caledonia’s indigenous Kanak people.