New Caledonia Things to Do

  • Things to Do
    by Maximilian21
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  • a traditional hut in Lifou
    a traditional hut in Lifou
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New Caledonia Things to Do

  • Dont miss the church of Easo

    Easo is the first village that you will get to, when walking from the place, where you cruiseship will take you ashore. This church looks very nice from inside as well and all of the tours organized by your cruiseship will stop there for a short time.The church was built in 1898 and will normally be open for visitors all day long.Dont miss to take...

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  • Baie de Jinek - a great, sandy beach

    Baie de Jinek is a great, sandy beach, about half way from the place where you will get out of the tenderboats and the chapel "Notre Dame de Lourdes"You will find some facilities on that beach, like changing-rooms, toilets and a small tent with refreshments. No entrancefee to be paid, just come and take a swim or sunbath, everybody is welcome...

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  • butterflies are all over

    I have never seen so many butterfies in a single place like in Lifou / New Caledonia. Maybe it was the time of the year (Beginning of November, that is early spring in that part of the world), maybe it is a lack of natural enemies on this quite small island in the Pazific Ocean.In my 2nd photo you can even see 3 butterflies next to each other, they...

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  • the cemetery of Easo

    Dont miss to take a look at the cemetery of Easo as well, when you visit the church there. It was interesting to see some different styles of graves there and also the idea to have a hat on top of the grave, like you see it in my 2nd picture here.I also saw some woodcarvings, that might have been a cross once, but I am not sure about that (my last...

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  • the chapel "Notre Dame de Lourdes"

    When you get to Lifou by cruiseship you will see this chapel on top of a hill already from a large distance. Walking there is quite easy and will take about 30 minutes one way: fist it is an asphalted street and at the end there are quite steep steps uphill, but it was worth the trouble for some great panorama-view. Unfortunately the chapel was...

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  • traditional huts

    You will find a traditional hut in the garden of most modern houses in Lifou, and while you are mostly not allowed to take a look inside of them, I found this one on my way to the chapel of the Mother of God, a signpost invited tourists to come in and take a look and leave a donation (see the signpost in my last photo).This is how I was able 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...

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  • SOAK IN THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF ISLE OF...

    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...

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  • aquarium

    there is a marvellous sea museum and aquarium, with strange species that you find only in deep oceania

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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.

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  • 4WD Trip

    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!

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  • Noumea

    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...

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  • Hienghéne

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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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...

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  • Snorkelling in Kuto Bay iles of pines

    There are some great water sports including snorkelling to be had in the Ile of Pines. While i was there i saw a vast aray of marine wildlife including a several nicely sized baracudas

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • Noumea, lookouts

    Noumea has a few really nice look oouts where you can get some very nice panoramic vues of the island

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  • Noumea

    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...

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  • 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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  • Hike up Pic Nga (Isle of Pines)

    Its not to difficult,. It should only take you about an hour to do and its the highest point on the Ilse of Pines. From the top you can see the whole island and its impressive sourounding reef. The view at the top is very rewarding after the hike and im sure will stay in your mind for a long time

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  • The Isles of Pines

    Beautiful little island situated to the south of New Caledonia. Is definately worth the trip there. You can either go on a day trip or spend a few days in one the the expensive hotel resorts they have on the island. The island is not to large so can can see it all in perhaps a day or two.

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  • Day trips in the countryside

    On our second visit to New Cal. we tried a day tour after reading a brochure in our hotel.Called VIP Tours and run by John Brighton he has three different tours; 'Once Upon a Time Tour', Yate/Goro and the South', 'town and Hinterland'. Tours last between about 4 - 8 hours depending on the itinerary. I would recommend any of them.We were picked up...

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  • Ile des Pins

    This tiny island is located just south of Grand Terre which is the main island, it's possible to get there either by boat or by plane - and it's worth the effort! Ile des Pins is a picture perfect paradise! There is not a whole lot of facilities or hotels and prices are incredibly high but I definetly recommend spending a couple of days there....

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  • Snorkellinfgoff Duck Island in Noumea

    If you want to see great fish, coral and underwater activity go SNORKELLING!! I found this an amazing experience, there were so amny beautiful colours flying around in front of your eyes. We did the treasure hunt- this was a course that took you over the most beautiful natural exhibits down there. I came in contact with a massive Moray Eel- very...

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  • A stunning secluded reef adventure

    We went for a drive out of the capital (Noumea) to a secluded beach and went aboard a boat which took us just outside of a beautiful reef. We stopped in the deep and and swam through the cold water. When I looked under the water I could see Gigantic sculptures of orange and blue coral. These were beautiful but also creepy! where were the sharks...

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  • Harbourside market

    A fresh seafood, vegetables, fruit market surrounded by a plethora of stall holders selling a diverse range of souvenirs, trinkets etc.Food and drink stalls also.Right along side the harbour. Get a glimpse of the hundreds of yachts and boats both big and small that are moored here.

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  • Tjibou Cultural Centre

    The architecture of this centre is breathtaking.Spend an hour or so studying the history of pacific cultures.Guided tours available.Coffee and Souvenir shop. Public Transport available.Reasonable entrance fees. 500 cfp

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  • Petit Train will give you a good tour!

    le Petit Train (very lovely train) will take you to famous places in Noumea. Just sit down on the train and you can see almost every sights!

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  • go to Amedee Lighthouse...

    go to Amedee Lighthouse Island.Everyday,a boat(Mary D is the name) takes people there in the morning and back in the afternoon. At Amedee Lighthouse Island, you can enjoy snorkeling,diving(you must bring your c-card),beautiful scenery from the lighthouse, etc. Usually buffet lunch is included.

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  • On Isle de Pines climg the...

    On Isle de Pines climg the mountain- Ngoa Pica?? It only takes 40-50 minutes walking along a well defined track to get to the top. Once there you are rewarded with fantastic views of the island. Cool off with a swim upon returning.

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  • club méditerranée in...

    club méditerranée in coulnoue,on the east coast;but the most famous beach is:la baie des citrons in nouméa

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  • -deep sea walking-windsurfing...

    -deep sea walking-windsurfing (or sailing)-catch the local bus into the city-pettite trainDeep sea walk is only 5m under the surface for those who can't scuba dive and there is a photographer to take photos - they also feed the fish in front of you so you see plenty.The windsurfing is great as the wind is perfect for it as is thet sailing - plenty...

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