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Swim, kayak and sail in the vast, shimmering lagoon of New Caledonia. Visit colorful markets and oceanfront restaurants or hop between islands of tranquil rainforests and secluded beaches.
A dependent French colony since 1853, this archipelago holds an indigenous population who live alongside expats from Europe, Africa and Polynesia. Ethnic diversity is particularly prevalent in the capital Noumea on the main island Grande Terre. Eat the finest fish available at lavish Western-style restaurants and peruse the Market near the marina to barter for exquisite arts and crafts, fresh fruit and homemade bread. Swim at sheltered Baie des Citrons or Plage de l'Anse Vata. Rent a kayak to venture farther out or glide through the spray in a two-person dinghy.
Drive three hours north to reach quiet towns, stunning clifftop views and plunging waterfalls or go southeast to the former convict center of Prony, surrounded by woodland and a gateway to the island’s best natural reserves. Pic Du Pin nearby offers exceptional hiking with Blue River National Park beyond sheltering kauri trees, many more than 1,000 years old. Don’t miss the drowned forest where tree trunks rise from the silky, turquoise water.
No trip is complete without a visit to some of the smaller, neighboring islands. The eastern Loyalty Islands of Maré, Lifou and Ouvéa each combine modern hospitality with outstanding untouched scenery. Find your own private beach for the day or explore rocky caves and crevices. A shorter ferry ride south takes you to the Isle of Pines with its idyllic beaches and resorts set around the ghostly remains of a 19th-century prison.
New Caledonia is in the western Pacific Ocean east of Australia. Fly to Tontouta Airport from New Zealand, Australia or Japan. A tropical climate makes New Caledonia a good choice year-round although temperatures can feel uncomfortably warm during January and February. Noumea has the biggest concentration of accommodations. Staying on the smaller islands is generally confined to more expensive private resorts.
A: The best option is to fly into Noumea (NOU-Tontouta Intl.). This is a major airport in New Caledonia, operating 142 international flights each month.
A: New Caledonia has a wide range of options for all types of budgets. If you're after a break from reality, there's no shortage of hotels. Bed & breakfasts, guest houses and apart-hotels are other popular accommodation.
A: It all comes down to what kind of escape in New Caledonia you're aiming to have. Choose a flight and hotel, or hotel, car and flight, or hotel and car — or any one of these as a stand-alone. You can also add experiences and activities.
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A: Add on Mont Coffyn and Parc zoologique et forestier to your wish list of must-see sights. You'll discover these terrific attractions in Nouméa. After that, round out the day with a visit to Anse Vata Beach.
Excellent hotel for a great holiday! Beautiful whitesand beach, the cleanest ocean water (you can see everything through it!) and just a general feeling of a paradise :) There are only 2 downsides - first is that it is not so easy to get there and second is that the food is pricey.
amenities were fantastic, great layout and very comfortable rooms. staff were all fantastic and very helpful. kids loved the buggies. it was wonderful that they catered so well for gluten free dining, which is very hit and miss in new cal. we were there for the new years eve party which started at ...
The Staff is fantastic. The 360 Restaurant is great. However, they need to keep an eye on better maintenance. not to wait for guests to require action.
Bungalows great. Pool a bit small. Couldn't have a La carte for dinner as they had an Indian buffet. Didn't go to New Caledonia to eat Indian meal haha