Getting Around New Caledonia

  • Transportation
    by globetrott
  • Transportation
    by globetrott
  • Transportation
    by globetrott

Most Viewed Transportation in New Caledonia

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    4 more images

    Walking is the best option on this island

    by globetrott Written Dec 12, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Walking is the best option on this island and within just a few minutes you will get to a nice sandy beach, you can walk to one of the 2 churches that I mention in my other tips, each of them is in a distance of ca. 30 minutes from the place, where you enter the island by the tenderboats of your cruiseship.
    There are some shopping-possibilities as well in tents and even some fruits and other refreshments available. Several times a day, there are dancers as well, showing traditional dances and songs.

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel
    • Cruise

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    4 more images

    sightseeing by taxi ?

    by globetrott Updated Dec 12, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    You will hardly find any taxis on this island !!! All cars and buses will be hired for the tours that are organized by the cruiseships. These tours are quite expensive, but also the only possibility to explore a bit more of this island.
    Some private cars also used to stop and hoop and asked me, if they should take me to town, but I never took such service so I dont know if they would offer any tours for tourists on a private basis or not.
    What I could see is that they also stoped for local people, who mostly hopped into their cars, so it is rather a kind of friendlyness for the poor people, who have to walk in the open sun there.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Road Trip
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    4 more images

    by cruiseship to Lifou

    by globetrott Updated Dec 12, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I came to Lifou onboard the Dawn Princess, a ship with around 2000 Passangers onboard, and so we had to anchor off the shore and take the passangers ashore by the small tender-boats.
    From the place, where the tenders landed I could do some easy walks, about half an our to walk to the chapel of the Mother of God including the small traditional hut that show in another tip and to walk to the church and village of Easo will take another 30 minutes.
    There are various beaches closby as well !

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Cruise
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    2 more images

    rent a bike in Lifou

    by globetrott Written Dec 11, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Right at the place, where the cruiseships will take their passangers ashore in the tenderboats you will find quite a lot of bicycles to rent. The island is almost totally flat and only at the beginning you have a short way uphill. Biking might still be quite exhausting in the hot sun there. The bicycles have 7 gears.
    Another possibility to explore the island are private cars, that would normally hoop and stop next to you, when they see you walking on the road and invite you to come with them.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel
    • Cycling

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunwagner's Profile Photo

    By Air

    by hunwagner Updated Jul 13, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Aircalin is New Caledonia's national airline, linking the territory to Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Vanuau, Fiji, Wallis and Tahiti.
    Unfortunately and unexpectedly, I found it a rather bad airline when it came to services on the ground - staff were shockingly incompetent and unhelpful even when only having to do a simple thing like changing reservation dates allowed on a year-long ticket.
    As alternatives, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Air Vanuat all fly to Noumea from their home countries.

    Within New Caledonia, there are flights from Noumea to all the inhabited outer islands and to several towns around Grande Terre. They are provided by Air Caledonie, Aircalin's domestic branch. If you plan to fly round-trips to two places, ask about their special pass that can save you a fair bit - they won't tell you about it unless you ask!

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunwagner's Profile Photo

    By Thumb

    by hunwagner Written Jul 10, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you don't have your own vehicle, hitch-hiking will at some point be necessary around Grande Terre.
    Thankfully, the locals, both French and Kanaks, tend to give rides relatively easily.
    As usual, you may meet some interesting characters, but few drivers speak English so your communication may be limited.
    If you do speak French, you may even be invited to have meals and stay with people who pick you up though!
    Unlike in many other countries, payment is never expected.

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunwagner's Profile Photo

    By Bus

    by hunwagner Written Jul 10, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Grande Terre has a decent bus system that can get you to the main towns around the island at least a few times weekly.
    Your fellow-passengers will be almost all Kanaks - the French all seem to have their own cars, and the tourists just don't seem to get around.
    The buses are good and cheap enough when and where they do run - elsewhere and at other times, you will have to hitch!

    Was this review helpful?

  • hunwagner's Profile Photo

    By Sea

    by hunwagner Written Jul 10, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    New Caledonia is one of the few Pacific nations to have regular ships carrying passengers to a neighbouring country. That country is Vanuatu, and the ship is the Havanna, actually a cargo ship that takes passengers as well. Unfortunately it runs only about once a month.

    There are of course plenty of expensive cruises coming over here from Australia, too.

    Within New Caledonia, ships serve all but one of the inhabited outer islands.
    The main one used by tourists is the comfortable, high-speed Betico that runs to both the Isle of Pines and the Loyalty Islands a few times weekly.
    There are also cheaper cargo ships going to the Loyalty Islands less frequently.

    The main Tourist Office in Noumea can get you the schedule and fares for all these.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Maximilian21's Profile Photo

    Cruise ship

    by Maximilian21 Written Mar 22, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The other option of course is by going on a cruise ship. This option is very popular and the ports of Noumea, Poume and Lifou are met by large cruise ships on a weekly basis.
    P&O have regular ships travelling here such as the Pacific sky and the Pacific Sun as well as the Pacific Princess. Unfortuntely you only get to see each destination very briefly but i suppose if gives your a preview of what the country is like.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Maximilian21's Profile Photo

    Ferry to the loyalty islands and the Iles of pines

    by Maximilian21 Written Mar 22, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    There are several ferry trips to the loyalty islands and the iles of pines from Noumea.
    The ferry is called the Betico and is quite fast and efficient, as well as being a cheaper option that flying.
    From Noumea to The iles of pines it costs about $60 and from Noumea to any one of the 3 main loyalty islands it costs around $90.
    Its a nice and cheaper alternative.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Maximilian21's Profile Photo

    Flying to New Caledonia

    by Maximilian21 Written Mar 22, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Flying is your only option if you want to come to New Caledonia (the other option is cruise, but the port of call duration is less than a day).
    The main airline of New Caledonia is "air calin" and does several weekly flights from Sydney. Other air carriers which fly to the island are Air France, Qantas and AOM.

    Subsequently there are flights which fly to the loyalty Islands next to "la grande terre", these flights also leave several times a week and are undertaken by the smaller carrier "air caledonia"

    Was this review helpful?

  • Maximilian21's Profile Photo

    Bus around "la grande terre"

    by Maximilian21 Written Mar 22, 2005

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The buses are quite nice and the roads are of reasonable quality around the island. A good option to get to new caledonia various provinces would be to take the bus.
    for deatils on pricing and distances look at the following website
    http://www.bugpacific.com/transport/busnc.html

    The bus travel in Noumea itself is also very good and efficient.

    Was this review helpful?

  • minstrel74's Profile Photo

    Hitchiking

    by minstrel74 Written Dec 11, 2004

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Hitchiking was a breeze all over New Caledonia and the locals did not find it unusual at all. I met some wonderful people by traveling in this manner and felt that it was very safe and well worth the hassle of uncertainty and long waits (which were never long, anyway).

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • minstrel74's Profile Photo

    buses on Grande Terre

    by minstrel74 Updated Dec 10, 2004

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Traveling by bus is a good way to get to points north of Nouméa on Grande Terre. For 1000 CFP I was able to buy a ticket to Bourail--not a bad deal. It passes through some pretty dull countryside marked by dry hills and cattle fields, but it gives you an interesting perspective on the island by showing you how different it is compared to other South Pacific Islands.

    Buses can be caught from the main terminal in downtown Nouméa. Be aware that Grande Terre is deceptively large. It will take several hours to reach the northern part of island.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Geisha_Girl's Profile Photo

    Take the "Cuddle Airline!"

    by Geisha_Girl Updated Jul 5, 2004

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The official air carrier to New Caledonia is AIRCALIN, a partner carrier to AIR FRANCE. (Calin is "cuddle" in French)

    The main international airport, Tantouta Airport, is located in Noumea, which is about an hour drive from the main city centre.

    The only direct flights into Noumea arrive from either Japan (Tokyo/Osaka), Australia (Sydney/Brisbane), New Zealand (Auckland), or Tahiti (Papeete).

    If you are flying in from the US or France, be prepared for a stopover and a long flight.

    Was this review helpful?

New Caledonia Hotels

  • Le Lagon

    143 Route de l'Anse Vata, Noumea, Grand Terre, 98845, New Caledonia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Oure Hotel

    Kanumera Bay, New Caledonia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Quality Resort Rivland

    Paita Rue De Gadji, PAITA, New Caledonia, 98890, N

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

Top New Caledonia Hotels

Nouméa Hotels
96 Reviews - 147 Photos
Île des Pins Hotels
54 Reviews - 85 Photos
Païta Hotels
1 Hotel
Nouville Hotels
See nearby hotels
Lifou Hotels
13 Reviews - 26 Photos
Hienghène Hotels
14 Reviews - 23 Photos
Bourail Hotels
12 Reviews

Instant Answers: New Caledonia

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

61 travelers online now

Comments

New Caledonia Transportation

Reviews and photos of New Caledonia transportation posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for New Caledonia sightseeing.
Map of New Caledonia