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Top experiences

Hike, ride, discover, dive or relax... New Caledonia is full of experiences that will make your heart soar. The archipelago will fuel your travel with a thousand emotions from A for adrenaline, to Z for zen!

 

Spend a relaxing day at the foot of the Amédée Lighthouse

Phare Amédée Nouméa

Spend a relaxing day at the foot of the Amédée Lighthouse

Unmissable
No-one should leave Nouméa without visiting Amédée, the capital's most famous islet. It is home to an impressive 19th century metal lighthouse and a natural marine reserve known for its tropical fish and turtles. If you want to take a break from swimming and relaxing, the climb to the lighthouse offers an incredible 360° panorama over the lagoon and the coral reef!

Dance with manta rays 

raie manta

Dance with manta rays 

Discover
The New Caledonian lagoons are full of underwater wonders, including manta rays. These mysterious devilfish are often found around the Isle of Pines and the Loyalty Islands, where they can be observed by snorkellers, as well as on scuba dive trips throughout the whole territory. A truly unforgettable encounter!

Skydive in Poé

Parachute à Poé

Skydive in Poé

Sport
The adrenaline rush of skydiving is rivalled only by the sight of the largest lagoon in the world from the air. The experience of jumping from over 4000 metres and free-falling at more than 200 km/h is truly indescribable. Not to mention the memorable minutes spent suspended in mid-air once the parachute has deployed!

Swim in the natural pool of Oro Bay

Piscine naturelle, baie d'Oro, Île des Pins

Swim in the natural pool of Oro Bay

Discover
The Oro Bay swimming pool is a natural aquarium, with translucent water and schools of multicoloured fish. This coral basin is sheltered from the currents, surrounded by New Caledonia pines and a beautiful white sand beach. It is easily accessible via a trail to the north of the Isle of Pines or from Upi Bay by dugout canoe.

Paddle between the trees of the Drowned Forest

Kayak dans la forêt noyée

Paddle between the trees of the Drowned Forest

Park
In the heart of the Blue River Provincial Park, the Drowned Forest is famous for the hundreds of bleached gum oak trunks that have emerged from the lake since the creation of a huge dam. It is accessible during the day, but nothing compares to kayaking through this ghostly setting in the moonlight!

Fly over the Heart of Voh in a microlight 

Coeur de Voh

Fly over the Heart of Voh in a microlight 

Discover
Immortalised by the famous photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, this striking feature has been shared around the world. The Heart of Voh was formed naturally by the surrounding mangrove. Best seen from the air, a microlight is the ultimate way to take in this memorable sight!

Enjoy a tribal welcome and feast on bougna

bougna, plat traditionnel, cuisine kanak, Nouvelle-Calédonie

Enjoy a tribal welcome and feast on bougna

Local savours
To immerse yourself in the rich Kanak culture, dating back thousands of years, you must experience a tribal welcome. On top of the welcome ceremony, known as "faire la coutume", you can also sleep in a hut and sample some tasty bougna (a dish of tubers steamed in coconut milk). There are countless traditions to share with the indigenous people of New Caledonia!

Kayak around the rocks and the Poule de Hienghène

Kayak around the rocks and the Poule de Hienghène

Exploration
It's impossible to miss the imposing black limestone rock that looms out of the waters of Hienghène Bay. Known as "La Poule" because of its striking resemblance to a hen, it has even influenced the legends of the local tribes, who made it the ancestral guardian of the region and one of the symbols of their country. To get a closer look and navigate around the surrounding Lindéralique rocks, a kayak is the way to go!

Join a bush barbecue on a ranch tour

Ranch Nouvelle-Calédonie

Join a bush barbecue on a ranch tour

Local savours
The only way to truly understand the stockmen and their way of life is by visiting their farms, located deep in the New Caledonian bush. Watching the livestock being rounded up on horseback is always an impressive sight, and sharing a family meal with the bushmen is an excellent opportunity to sample the local products.

Go whale watching on a catamaran

Observation des baleines, Prony, Nouvelle-Calédonie

Go whale watching on a catamaran

Discover
From July to September, humpback whales come to give birth in the warm waters of the New Caledonian lagoon. Seeing these giants emerge from the waters is a truly extraordinary experience! The best way to witness these special moments is to take a catamaran from Prony Bay in the Great South or from Nouméa.

Learn to kitesurf in Poé

Kiteboarding New Caledonia

Learn to kitesurf in Poé

Sport
With calm water and constant winds, the Poé lagoon in Bourail is perfect for kitesurfing. After a few hours of lessons to master your kite, you can enjoy complete freedom on the water and in the air, whether you prefer speed or freestyling.

Marvel at a UNESCO site with a joy flight over the lagoon

Survol du lagon de Bourail

Marvel at a UNESCO site with a joy flight over the lagoon

Thrills
Taking off from Bourail Beach may be an impressive feat, but it is nothing compared to the view of the New Caledonian lagoon from the sky. Lacy coral, waves breaking on the barrier reef, schools of rays, endless shades of blue and green... No wonder it has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site!