Visit New Caledonia if you love water activities and outdoor adventures.
What comes to mind when you think about New Caledonia? Perhaps it’s the picturesque beaches and brilliant turquoise waters. Maybe it’s the extraordinary natural wonders, like its abundance of wildlife or brilliant landscapes. It’s a destination perfect for couples, friends, and families; New Caledonia is also a memorable places for weddings and honeymoons. There are so many reasons to visit New Caledonia.
Don’t know much about New Caledonia? It’s considered a special collectivity of France in the southwest Pacific Ocean. New Caledonia has the richest biodiversity in the world per square kilometer. In fact, it has over 3200 species of indigenous flora, which is almost as much as all of continental Europe. It also has over 100 endemic reptiles and 4500 species of invertebrates. The lagoons of New Caledonia are a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the diversity in its coral reefs and associated ecosystems.
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Things to Do in New Caledonia
I’m sure I’ve convinced you by now to visit new Caledonia. Besides admiring the spectacular scenery from its many beautiful beaches, I’m sure you’re searching for what to do in New Caledonia. There are many New Caledonia tourist attractions, many in the form of water activities and sports. It’s perfect for those who enjoy being in or on the water.
New Caledonia Snorkeling
New Caledonia is one of the best places to go snorkeling or diving in the world. The New Caledonia Barrier Reef in the South Pacific is the world’s second largest double-barrier reef, 932 miles in length. Their government has voted to take special measures to protect their barrier reef, leaving some places completely undisturbed by human activity. However, there are so many awesome New Caledonia snorkeling spots where you can see thousands of species of fish and underwater creatures.
There are special underwater trails around the lagoon, including the popular marine reserve at Duck Island. You can rent a mask and equipment on site and follow the marked underwater trail. Some other highly recommended snorkeling sites are: Signal and Larégnère islets, at the foot of the Jokin Cliffs, Hienga Island, and the Southern Pleiades. The crystal clear waters of this country are absolutely breathtaking; they’ll leave you speechless!
Have you ever tried surfing? Justin and I have gone surfing a couple of times on our holidays and it’s quickly become one of our favorite water sports. While surfing isn’t the most popular sport in New Caledonia, you’ll easily find great conditions for surfing there. Between May and September, surf conditions are at their prime with waves up to almost 5 meters tall.
The best spots to surf in New Caledonia include Bourail, off the beach of La Roche Percée. There are several surf clubs, as well as surf camps and surf lodges. Even if you haven’t tried it before, surfing might become one of your favorite things to do in New Caledonia.
Kayaking and Stand-up Paddle Boarding
Another way to explore New Caledonia’s unspoiled nature is by kayak or stand-up paddle board. While there are many opportunities for day or half-day trips in the region, an expedition along the Forgotten Coast is the most epic kayaking journey. You can embark on a tour of the Forgotten Coast by kayak over the course of three or four days. It’s one of the best ways to be immersed in the wild nature of these islands in the South Pacific.
As for stand-up paddle boarding, there are many areas with perfectly smooth waters that are ideal for SUP. It’s one of the best places in the world to glide along the clear waters, taking in the scenery while getting a great workout. This is one of the New Caledonia activities that you don’t want to miss.
Imagine yourself drifting across the turquoise waters with the sun shining brightly overhead. It’s a fabulous way to get close and personal with the largest lagoon in the world. Embark on a luxury catamaran day trip or an all-inclusive adventure lasting several days. Enjoy the breeze on your face with a drink in your hand as you glide over the gentle waves.
It’s even possible to take a boat out on your own. You can rent your own catamaran without a guide if you already know how to sail. Sail at your own pace towards the creeks of Grande Terre and the Loyalty Islands. Don’t know how to sail? New Caledonia is a fantastic place to learn how to sail from an experienced instructor.
Scenic Helicopter Ride
The Heart of Voh has made New Caledonia famous around the world. It’s a natural formation in the mangroves. When viewed from above, it perfectly forms the shape of a heart. While you can hike to see the Heart of Voh, it’s best viewed from up in the sky. You can embark on a scenic helicopter ride in New Caledonia to view the Heart of Voh, as well as other attractions. You might want to visit New Caledonia simply to see one of the most fascinating plant formations in the world.
Flights to New Caledonia
Although located remotely in the South Pacific, it’s easy to reach New Caledonia by plane. Flights to New Caledonia are possible on Air Calin, the international airline of New Caledonia. They’re based at La Tontouta International Airport (NOU) in Nouméa. Air Calin operates scheduled services to 12 domestic and international destinations throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Asia. On international flights, passengers can access an on-demand in-flight entertainment system. Air Calin has a frequent flyer program, the Flying Blue. It’s a part of the same frequent flyer program as KLM and Air France.
Air Calin flies from Port-Vila, Futuna, Wallis, Nandi, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Auckland, Tokyo, and Osaka. Traveling from as far away as the USA? It’s simple to reach New Caledonia: fly from Los Angeles to Auckland, and then Auckland to Nouméa. Similarly, you can reach New Caledonia in only two flights via San Francisco and Honolulu. You have lots of options to visit New Caledonia.
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