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Travel Guide: New Caledonia

A French territory that lies in the western side of the Pacific Ocean, New Caledonia is an excellent getaway destination for people looking to relax, unwind, and enjoy authentic French cuisine.

Climate

Because of its location, New Caledonia experiences a semi-tropical climate (annual average temperature: 23.6 degrees Celsius), with January to March being the rainy months, April to August being the cool season (temperatures may go as low as 22 degrees Celsius), and September to March being the hottest and most humid time of the year (temperatures may reach as high as 32 degrees Celsius during the day).

Attractions

History and culture

  • New Caledonia Museum
  • South Pacific Commission Building
  • Museum of Maritime History
  • Tjibaou Culture Centre

Landmarks

  • Amedee’s Lighthouse
  • Noumea, an area that is home to a cathedral, spacious squares, museums, colonial houses, and more

Water, nature, and outdoor activities

  • Kayaking, scuba diving, swimming, and boating in the New Caledonia’s largest lagoon
  • Diving and snorkeling in the marine reserves and surrounding areas of sunken shipwrecks off the bay
  • Hiking, trekking, and horse riding to and around Grand Terre
  • Humback whale watching in the southern lagoon
  • A day trip to Ile des Pins, an island that has fine sand beaches, sparkling lagoons, and more
  • Hike up the Mont-Dore to enjoy a breathtaking view of the coast

Accommodations

There are numerous accommodation options in New Caledonia. It has 3-star to 5-star hotels, camping grounds, homestays, and youth hostels.

Shopping and dining

New Caledonia is a haven for French designer brands, with several boutiques and shops that sell branded perfume, footwear, clothes, bags, jewelry, and other luxury goods. It also has stores that offer locally made merchandise, like woodcarvings, aloha shirts, ceramics, and hand-painted goods.

The dining and drinking scene in New Caledonia is quite diverse, with restaurants and bistros that serve not only French dishes, but also Spanish, Indonesian, Chinese, Italian, African, and other international foods.

The island also has many piano bars, karaoke establishments, cinemas, and casinos to those looking to enjoy the local nightlife.

How To Get There

There are two airports in New Caledonia, the New Caledonia Airport, which serves international flights, and the Noumea-Magenta Airport, which is dedicated to domestic flights.

There is also a port, called the Noumea, where boats sailing around the Pacific region can dock and transports guests.