New Caledonia Travel Guide

  • Noumea City center
    Noumea City center
    by antonio1
  • Nouméa
    by hunwagner
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    View from my room
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See all 136 Nouméa Tips
  • Tjibaou Kanak Cultural Centre

    Nouméa Things to Do

    The so-called Tjibaou Kanak Cultural Centre is first of all a very interesting building in quite an unusual architecture ! It is a place to learn about the Kanak culture and heritage and there are current other exhibitions as well.The Cultural centre was named after Jean-Marie Tjibaou, a Kanak leader who was assassinated in 1989 ! A part of the...

  • 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

  • Anse De Kuendu - beach resort

    Nouméa Things to Do

    This hotel is open for visitors as well and so it makes a perfect halfday or fulldaytrip, even when you spend the night in another hotel of the island.This resort is such a quiet place in a scenic surrounding, with elegant Bungalows that were built quite similar to the local houses in the traditional style of New Caledonia.There is a Restaurant...


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,...

  • Le Meridien Ile Des Pins

    Île des Pins Hotels

    Lovely bar lounge where you can relax and unwind........with a $10 cocktail !!

  • 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! ;-)



See all 24 Lifou Tips
  • Dont miss the church of Easo

    Lifou Things to Do

    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...

  • Baie de Jinek - a great, sandy beach

    Lifou Things to Do

    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...

  • butterflies are all over

    Lifou Things to Do

    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...


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,...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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...


La Foa

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  • Walking in the Giant Fern Park

    La Foa Things to Do

    The Giant Fern Park is located approximately 10 kilometers from La Foa, near Farino. It is signposted clearly and is easily reached by car - albeit along some narrow, windy, mountainous roads.The Giant Fern Park is over 4500 hectares of protected bushland and features a surprising range of different environments - one minute you can be walking...

  • Banu Hotel

    La Foa Hotels

    Hotel Banu is located in the centre of La Foa, on the main road. Easy to find, right near the...

  • Bus or Hire Car?

    La Foa Transportation

    La Foa is only around one and a half hours from Noumea. While there are buses that run to La Foa from Noumea, a hire car is a better option. The area around La Foa - including the Great Fern Park, Sarramea and Farino - requires a car for easy access.Getting from Noumea to the area is easy - the road is good and reasonably well sign posted and fuel...


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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...


Île Amédée

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  • globetrott's Profile Photo

    by globetrott Updated Sep 7, 2014

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    It started with a simple misunderstanding: a prefixed iron lighttower was built in France and should have been delivered to Fort-de-France in Martinique. But there was a Fort-de-France at that time as well in Noumea and so the lighttower was sent to the wrong place, where they found out about the misunderstanding, but did not want to send it back.
    So the lighttower was taken to Amedée, a small island, 20km off Noumea.
    And it is still there and became a wellknown attraction for the tourists.
    I did not go there, but saw this advertisment in Noumea, and it will be on my list, when I return to Noumea some day !

    Read more about it in the link below !

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    • Adventure Travel
    • Photography
    • Cruise

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