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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!

 

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!

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!

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!

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.

Walk the hiking trails of the Great South

GR® NC1

Walk the hiking trails of the Great South

Sport
Put on your walking boots and tackle the GR® NC1 hiking trail that cuts across the southern tip of Grande Terre, either by yourself or with a guide. This long-distance footpath ("Grande Randonnée") is divided into 7 stages of 5-8 hours to suit enthusiasts and athletes alike. From the red landscape of the Great South to the Dumbéa rainforest, remember to pack supplies and enjoy the view!

Try kitesurfing, windsurfing or paddleboarding in the Nouméa lagoon

sports nautiques sur le lagon de Nouméa

Try kitesurfing, windsurfing or paddleboarding in the Nouméa lagoon

Sport
The Nouméa lagoon is a veritable paradise for boardsports. Whether your prefer kitesurfing, paddleboarding or windsurfing, just choose your board and dive into the turquoise water. Kitesurfers flock to Le Méridien Beach in Nouméa, windsurfers to the Côte Blanche and paddleboarders to Anse Vata Beach. Sun, sea and surf all year round!

Go snorkelling in the coral sea of Jinek Bay

Lifou, îles Loyauté, Nouvelle-Calédonie

Go snorkelling in the coral sea of Jinek Bay

Exploration
In a secluded spot northwest of Lifou, Jinek Bay offers an incredible open-air aquarium. Snorkelling is the perfect way for swimmers to admire breathtaking coral heads. Discover a dazzling rainbow of colours and underwater life along two marked underwater courses!

Admire the lagoon from the Domaine de Deva

Le Domaine de Deva

Admire the lagoon Admire the lagoon

Exploration
The Domaine de Deva is a rambler's paradise. On foot, by bike or on horseback, you can stroll from the beach to the largest dry forest in the territory, passing through a mangrove along the way. Its golden hills offer a breathtaking panorama of the lagoon, the coral reef and the Shark Fault!

Follow the 3-Bay Trail from La Roche Percée to Turtle Bay

Le sentier des 3 baies

Follow the 3-Bay Trail from La Roche Percée to Turtle Bay

Discover
The 3-Bay Trail is one of the most beautiful walks on the West Coast and a must-do for anyone staying in Bourail! Start at La Roche Percée where the famous "Bonhomme", a rock shaped like a man, overlooks the beach. From there you can continue round Turtle Bay, shaded by giant New Caledonia pines, until you reach the secluded hideaway known as Lovers’ Bay...

Hike the North Grande Randonnée

Hike the North Grande Randonnée

Exploration
A popular hiking destination, New Caledonia has two long-distance footpaths (Grande Randonnées) in the north and south for amateurs and more experienced hikers. The GR®1 in the North will lead you through the mountain range to the heart of the Melanesian world, from Ponérihouen to Touho. This sporty adventure also includes tribal accommodation along the East Coast!

Paddle along the Côte Oubliée

Paddle along the Côte Oubliée

Exploration
If you're always on the lookout for extreme adventures, the Côte Oubliée is the place to go. This untouched and uninhabited wilderness between Yaté and Thio offers a total escape from everyday life. Only accessible by sea and under the supervision of a guide, you can explore this pristine region by kayak, having packed camping equipment and supplies for 4 days.

Go diving on the Poindimié coral reef

Plongée à Poindimié

Go diving on the Poindimié coral reef

Unmissable
The archipelago is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, and Poindimié is one of the best places to see it up close thanks to its beautiful dive spots! Under the water, a spectacular garden of coral and multicoloured fish unfurls before your eyes.