New Caledonia Transportation

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  • Transportation
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  • Transportation
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New Caledonia Transportation

  • Walking is the best option on this...

    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...

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  • sightseeing by taxi ?

    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...

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  • by cruiseship to Lifou

    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...

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  • rent a bike in Lifou

    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...

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  • By Air

    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...

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  • By Thumb

    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...

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  • By Bus

    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...

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  • By Sea

    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,...

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  • Cruise ship

    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...

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  • Ferry to the loyalty islands and the...

    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...

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  • Flying to New Caledonia

    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...

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  • Bus around "la grande terre"

    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 websitehttp://www.bugpacific.com/transport/busnc.htmlThe bus travel in Noumea itself is also very good and efficient.

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  • Chartered Boat to the Iles of Pines

    One good way of getting to the isle of pines in by chartered boat. it probabaly isnt the cheapest option, that would be the ferry, but it was defienetly the feel good option

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  • Hitchiking

    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).

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  • buses on Grande Terre

    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...

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  • Take the "Cuddle Airline!"

    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),...

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  • Getting around Ile des Pins

    If you want to get to the best secluded spots on Ile des Pins the best way is by bike, the island is relatively flat, traffic is almost nonexistent and the roads are ok. Most hotels and restaurants have mountain bikes for rent, especially in Kuto.

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  • Public Transport

    The public bus system for Noumea is very efficient. The buses are new, clean and run on time.Get a very easy to follow bus route map from the your motel or the tourist info office in the city centre. The brochure will show routes, bus numbers and stops. The buses come to each stop every 10 minutes so you never wait long at all.The tickets are quite...

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  • Bus

    We didn't find a best way to get around. Hiring a car, I guess, but after seeing some of the drivers (especially the reckless bus driver who picked us up from the airport) we were a bit scared to get on the roads. We took public transport, along with the locals, which was an interesting experience. Bus got us around Noumea, but little further.

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  • The best (and probably only)...

    You get to New Caledonia is by plane(Unless you're on a pacific cruise or something). I wanted my French experience to start the minute I left the airport,so I flew Air Caledonie.

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  • I took a Pacific Sky cruise...

    I took a Pacific Sky cruise that stopped at Noumea for the day. It gives you a full day to experience any aspect you wish from snorkelling, tours, museums or just doing your own thing. The shopping was pricey and the main area of town was mainly touristy stuff.

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