New Caledonia Travel Guide

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    Noumea City center
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  • Nouméa
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    View from my room
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New Caledonia Highlights

  • Pro
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    hunwagner says…

     Stunning scenic beauty, very friendly locals, balmy climate 

  • Con
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    Maximilian21 says…

     very expensive 

  • In a nutshell
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    Kate-Me says…

     A great place to have some French environment close to Australia 

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Nouméa

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Île des Pins

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Lifou

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Hienghène

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New Caledonia

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Massif du Panié

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Bourail

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Nouméa

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  • ALWAYS CARRY A RELIABLE MOSQUITO...

    Nouméa Warnings and Dangers

    NEW CALEDONIA When travelling here in these lovely Islands Always make sure that you are carrying AND using a reliable mosquito repellant. Anywhere in the Pacific Islands and also these tropical areas it is imperative to use a good repellant . A long sleeve shirt and trousers are , I beleive good advice in the evenings and make sure that all...

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  • Le Lagon

    Nouméa Hotels

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Scary,Filthy place

    Nouméa Warnings and Dangers

    Noumea!Hey guys, i visited noumea on my pno cruise last september.Coinsidently enough we ened up being there on september 24th - new caladonean day . We went to the centre of the city, there was locals and celebrations EVERYWERE. My family & i had a horrible time. I remember walking past a little girl who was staring at me, i smiled and she growled...

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Île des Pins

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  • Getting here

    Île des Pins Transportation

    There are several flights to the island from Noumea daily.Note that the airport is in the "remote" interior of the island far from any of the beaches and not served by public transport, so you may be in for an expensive taxi-ride if you arrive here.More convenient is arriving by sea.The Betico hydrofoil runs here from Noumea 2 or 3 times weekly,...

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  • Oure Hotel

    Île des Pins Hotels

    Kanumera Bay, New Caledonia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Snorkelling

    Île des Pins Sports & Outdoors

    The island's crystal clear waters are irresistable for snorkellers, with Oro Bay's "Natural Aquarium" and Kanumera Bay being the most popular, readily accessible spots.That said, I must admit that while there was plenty of coral here, diversity seemed pretty low.Maybe I am just spoilt though - others said they loved it! ;-)

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Lifou

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  • Private Tour from cruise stop, Easo

    Lifou Things to Do

    My plan to hire a car in Lifou fell flat when I found that a place described in Lonely Planet as 'Five minutes from Easo beach' turned out to be 20kms away. So, my wife and I were rather late looking for an alternative, most of the cruise ship tourists having boarded mini-buses and departed by now. We wandered around the small market place and...

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  • La Tortueuse de l'ile

    Lifou Transportation

    Mr. Tori (kanak name: Nganyane Watrire)works with Sama Discovery; He can organize trips around Lifou on demand at a price and he can transport you always in time to the airport. As an example, I chose to meet three professional wood carves in their ateliers and it was a very interesting trip. To hire him, please call mrs. Gabriella Wassaumie from...

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  • Walk and experience the fabulous views.

    Lifou Things to Do

    The walking paths and tracks, to the churches, beaches & lookouts are great, with some smooth roads and a few 'bumpy' uneven paths, so take good walking shoes, or wear your 'reef/aqua' shoes. The humidity makes it a bit of a hard slog, at times, but the subsequent views are well worth it. Make sure you take a bottle of water with you (must keep...

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Hienghène

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  • By bus

    Hienghène Transportation

    There are daily buses from Noumea to Hienghéne via Poindimié.Another daily bus (shown on this photo) travels between Hinghéne and Pouébo further up the North-East coast.If the timing of these doesn't suit you and you don't have your own wheels, you will have to hitch.There is no public transport into the interior villages.

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  • Off-shore islands

    Hienghène Off The Beaten Path

    There are a couple of stunning little islets out along the barrier reef just off Hienghéne.They look just the perfect thing for day's snorkelling, but unfortunately getting out there will involve an expensive boat-trip!

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  • The Brooding Hen

    Hienghène Things to Do

    Facing the Sphinx at the eastern side of the bay, the Hen is a far more interesting and readily recognizable rock. It has a very inviting sliver of beach on its left, if you could get hold of a boat to take you out there...The best place to view it is the designated (and signposted) viewpoint on the left as you head out of town past the cultural...

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New Caledonia

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  • Going around the little islands in the...

    New Caledonia Favorites

    That is a must I reckon, I had the chance to spend a whole day on a little boat going around the lagoon to find snorkelling spots. And there is severals little deserts islands (like robison!) where you can stop over to have your lunch, or just sunbath with the guarantee that nobody will bother you, except maybe some funny animals! The same day,...

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  • Coral Snakes or Tricots rayes

    New Caledonia Warnings and Dangers

    You will encounter a lot of those snakes while in New Caledonia, even on the popular beaches in Noumea. Although nobody really looks worried about them you will wonder how dangerous the really are until you will get to know that this black and yellow reptile is a very poisonous snake, said to be 10 times more poisonous than the Cobra of South...

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  • The Barrier Reef

    New Caledonia Things to Do

    Snorkelling around this lagoon is such an experience, the water is amazingly turquose and full of tropical fishes. Moreover Nw Caledonian Barrier reef is the longest in the world, and not so tourist place neither which permit easily to find out unspoilt place with a little boat.

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Massif du Panié

  • Almost NOTHING is available here!

    Massif du Panié Restaurants

    There are no stores, let alone restaurants in this remote area.The only place to buy any food at all was this humble little roadside-stall belonging to the family guarding the entrance to the Tao Falls.They sold delicious papayas, and occasionally bananas and pumpkins for a pittance, but you do need correct change as it operates on a honesty...

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  • Don't forget to secure your permit!

    Massif du Panié Favorites

    As Mount Panié is a nature reserve, public access is limited and you will need a permit to enter the reserve and climb the mountain.Fortunately, this permit can be obtained quite readily and painlessly at the tourist office in Hienghéne - but not anywhere near the mountain itself! It is issued free of charge in a few hours.Once you have it in hand,...

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  • The other side

    Massif du Panié Sports & Outdoors

    From the ridge, you will have sweeping views of Grande Terre's interior, all the way to the west coast. Having climbed through the dense forest of this magnificent nature reserve, it is somewhat depressing to see all the deforestation on the other side of the range.There is actually an alternative trail up the peak from that side, but having seen...

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Top New Caledonia Hotels

Nouméa Hotels
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Île des Pins Hotels
54 Reviews - 85 Photos
Païta Hotels
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Lifou Hotels
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