Imagine your perfect island holiday. Days spent by the beach lapping up the sun while being served exotic cocktails. Don’t get me wrong; I love a more relaxing holiday as much as the next person. But what if you want a bit more adventure on your holidays?
Only a three-hour flight from the East Coast of Australia, the French island of New Caledonia (or Nouvelle Calédonie to the locals) encompasses five distinct regions to explore: Nouméa, The West Coast, The East Coast, The South Coast and the surrounding islands. From the diverse cultural hub of Nouméa to the tropical East Coast, there are plenty of activities to create a memorable holiday if you are travelling with children, or want more than ‘just’ an island holiday.
New Caledonia attractions
One of the biggest attractions is the stunning New Caledonian lagoon, the largest of its kind in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, the lagoon is a bustle of activity offering pristine beaches, snorkeling in the surrounding reef, shipwreck diving, water sports and more. There’s sure to be something that matches your pace of holiday.
It’s hard to go to New Caledonia and not see the capital, Nouméa, which is home to many of the main island’s attractions. The Pacific character of the city is reflected through a mix of cultures and styles. Beaches and islands line the coastline with many nearby restaurants, bars and clubs. Often considered the true artistic heart of the country, here you’ll find museums (such as the Tjibaou cultural centre) and art galleries.
Away from the city and tropical paradise of the south, the North West offers a uniquely different feeling with sweeping grasslands and cattle farming. Horse riding is a popular pastime, if that’s your thing, as is savouring the local dishes- many of which could be described as French island fusion.
The West Coast is also home to multiple archaeological treasures highlighting the island’s cultural heritage spanning several millennia. Rock carvings, ancient ceramics at Foué and the natural plant formation, the ‘Heart of Voh’ are just some of the amazing sights.
New Caledonia marine life
The Aquarium des Lagons Nouméa has a wonderful display of marine life found in the waters around New Caledonia. Going to Hiengène in the north is also spectacular. There you’ll find waterfalls, forests, beaches and the somewhat unusual rock formation shaped like a hen. At several points on the drive around the island, there are several places where you can just walk into the warm water and snorkel seeing colourful fish in the shallow waters. But if diving is more your thing, there are some wonderful dives you can take and the marine life is spectacular.
New Caledonia is just one of the many amazing islands in the South Pacific. Although it’s only a 3-hour flight away, it’s also possible to visit as one of several island destinations as part of a South Pacific cruise.
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