Try some Hiking
There are lots of opportunities for hiking in New Caledonia - from short walks to demanding multi-day hikes. The main hiking trail is the GR1, which starts in the south at Prony and allows walkers to experience the Blue River Provincial Park. The trail is divided into sections and refuges are available. Both day hikes and multi-day hikes are possible. The trail is gradually being extended and will eventually allow hikers to explore close to the entire length of Grand Terre. The GR1 is not the only hiking opportunity available - there are plenty of other options, including the excellent, well marked day hike trails of the Giant Fern Park near Sarramea.Related to:
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Spend some time relaxing on the beach
While New Caledonia certainly has a lot more to offer than its beaches, they are definitely worth a visit. Whether you are visiting one of the islands or the main island of Grand Terre there are plenty of beaches to chose from, including a few in Noumea itself. Some are sand, some are coral and many offer opportunities to try activities like wind surfing or snorkeling in the World Heritage listed lagoon waters.
The two main beaches in Noumea are Anse Vata and Bais des Citrons. Both are fronted by myriad hotels and restaurants. Anse Vata, in particular, has plenty of opportunities to rent windsurfing equipment, as well as paddle boards, etc. Ile aux Canards is a short boat taxi ride away and provides good snorkeling opportunities straight off the beach - the main beach on the island is largely coral.Related to:
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QUICK & EASY BUS TOUR OF NOUMEA SIGHTS
Since we were just in Noumea for a day, and the city is really a tiny place, the best thing to see it in a snap is taking a bus tour complete with a friendly guide who lives in Noumea and is quite abreast with local life there despite being a Pommie. The airconditioned bus picked us up at the port of Noumea where we disembarked from our ship and then we traveled a few minutes to the city centre.
We were shown the entire harbour view atop the highest point in Noumea itself. There we had a good bird's eye view not just of the harbour but almost the entire town, with its French inspired old and new buildings.Related to:
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SOAK IN THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF ISLE OF PINES
Simply stunning, great natural beauty, these are just a few words to describe this tiny island paradise! It helps that you don't see towering high rise buildings usually lining up beaches of similar places. Isle of Pines is indeed out of this world! No neon lights as well! All you will see are untouched clear waters, the softest sand you will ever lay your feet on plus just beauty everywhere- the flowers, trees, animal life, all growing wild side by side!
Even the dogs playing along the beaches are free on their own, friendly, but still we were careful though!
When our ship reached this island, we had to be transported by tenders so as not to disturb the natural environment and the corals, and sea creatures around this spectacular island. Once ashore, we were treated to a friendly welcome from the locals.
Shopping for souvenirs is a breeze as the stalls will greet you once you're there near the shore.
The water's temperature while we were there was just perfect, not too cold not too hot, as it was overcast that day and it even rained for the most part, but who cares when we were wet anyway?Related to:
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Isle of Pines
The Isle of Pines is a Island of New Caledonia, a short stop on the P&O cruise boat tour that I took. A beautiful Island with great beaches. Short walks are available to all parts of the Island including a scared rock. Pleanty of beach activities are available including soccer & beach volleyball.
Great for swimming & a snorkelling.Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Water Sports
This 4WD trip was organized on the P&O cruise, but could be also booked locally. A great experience that I would recommend to everyone. After a 20 drive out of the main town, you will hit the hills & see some beautiful landscapes. You can stop for a short while to take some photos & strech your legs.
This is only a short tour, but well worth it!Related to:
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The capital of New Caledonia is an unashamed outpost of France in the South Pacific.
It has a majority French population, many of whom are recent arrivals from Europe, although it does also have a noticable presence of the native Melanesian Kanaks, Polynesian migrants from Wallis and Tahiti, as well as Chinese, Vietnamese and Indonesians.
Who are conspiciously missing are the English-speaking tourists - except on cruise-ship days, though even then, Noumea is big enough to absorb the lot.
Architecturally and culturally the city looks and feels very Mediterranean, while also boosting the fine beaches its Pacific location has blessed it with.
It is probably the most beautiful capital in the South Pacific and well worth a few days, even though it is hardly representative of New Caledonia as a whole, and you should also try and see what the rest of the territory has to offer.
See my separate Noumea pages for more info on the city!
A small town in the north-east of Grande Terre, Hienghéne sits on a secluded bay surrounded by rugged hills and a coastline graced by fantastic limestone formations.
It also has some fine beaches, an excellent cultural centre, and plenty of traditional Kanak villages, some offering tribal homestays others campsites, nearby.
If you can only visit one place away from Noumea, this should be the one to head for!
See my separate page on Hienghéne for more.
Isle of Pines
The most beautiful and most visited of the outer islands, the Isle of Pines gets its name from its trademark pines towering over some of the finest white-sand beaches in the South Pacific.
While it is probably the least traditional and the most touristy of New Caledonia's islands, it is far from being over-run or spoilt, and its proximity to Noumea makes it easy to reach even on a day-trip.
See my Isle of Pines pages for more info!
Île de Pins
New Caledonia seduces before landing for the long and mountainous form of the main island. This French territory is an archipelago composed by still several islands: the Loyalty and yet a tiny island called Île de Pins, that I chose to spend a few days in its paradisiacal beaches of turquoise colour and with such a white sand that it reminded me the talcum powder.
The glamorous capital Noumea is called the Paris of the Pacific for its elegant boutiques and excellent quality French restaurants. From there you take a small airplane to get to Ïle of Pins and marvel at the view of the many characteristic towering pines of the sort Araucaria Columnaris, reaching up to 50 metres high.
Without doubt Île de Pins is one of the loveliest islands in the whole Pacific. Some tourists buy a one day excursion and return in the evening to Noumea.Related to:
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Tjibaou Cultural Centre
Completed in May 1998, the Tjibaou Cultural Centre is a spectacular edifice rising on the Tina peninsula in Noumea. It is named in recognition of the Kanak leader, Jean-Marie Tjibaou and his contribution to the nation's cultural developments.
The centre exibits Kanak and pacific art and is a wonderful place to learn more about the island and its history.
Kuto Bay, Iles of Pines
The beach is really beautiful with very fine sand and warm water. It is very close to the main ferry dock.
I would have spent a few hours simply lying in the sun and chatting with my travel companions.
Melanasian culture extraveganza
I particularly love melanesian culture. The people seem to ooze peace and genuine good will.
The cultural festivites are ok, but why watch them do a "show" when you too can join in. Im sure they would much appreciiate this.
It wouldnt be a spectacle of their lives and culture but more of an expression of themseleves. So put the camera down and have a little dance yourself.
Noumea has a really laid back vibe to it. There definantely the cafe culture thing happening here but it also lacks in pretentiousness and people just like to chill and have a good time.
The port is very picturesque and there is an ubundance of restaurants and bars.
All in all its a nice mix between the colonial and the traditional island lifestyle.
Mix with some of the Village locals
The highlight of the trip for me is always the people. New calledonia was no exception.
Being an islander myself, ive always been drawn to melanesian people and thier lifestyle. The seem to have "la joie de vivre" without our own luxuries and "necessities".
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