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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!

Enjoy a gourmet French meal

Gastronomie calédonienne

Enjoy a gourmet French meal

Gastronomy
If you want to capture the essence of New Caledonia, dinner is a good place to start! A French island in the Pacific Ocean, its cuisine combines French gastronomy with Oceanic recipes to create an explosion of flavour. To enjoy this unique culinary experience, head to the restaurants and hotels that line the bays of Nouméa. Bon appétit!

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!

Enjoy a lobster on Brosse Islet

Langouste, Île des Pins, Nouvelle-Calédonie

Enjoy a lobster on Brosse Islet

Local savours
The Isle of Pines lagoon is full of beautiful yet deserted islands, populated only by coconut palms and New Caledonia pines. Set sail on a nautical day trip to swim in translucent waters with manta rays, turtles and dolphins. Enjoy a lobster on the beach in your own private paradise!

Visit the Tjibaou Cultural Centre

Centre Culturel Tjibaou

Visit the Tjibaou Cultural Centre

Museum
In the outskirts of Nouméa stands the majestic Tjibaou Cultural Centre. A beacon of Kanak culture, designed by the celebrated architect Renzo Piano, this imposing building is a must-visit destination to understand and immerse yourself in the Melanesian world. The centre combines national history, traditional sites and exhibitions of contemporary artists.

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!

Swim in the turquoise waters of Mouli Beach

La plage de Mouli

Swim in the turquoise waters of Mouli Beach

Relax
Ouvéa, known as the island closest to paradise, is home to one of the country's most beautiful beaches: Mouli. A picture-postcard destination with white sand and crystal clear water, it is the perfect place to just relax. Mouli Bridge, the only bridge between the south and north of the island, is also worth a visit!

Sail on a traditional outrigger in Upi Bay

Pirogue Baie d'Upi Île des Pins

Sail on a traditional outrigger in Upi Bay

Discover
You cannot leave New Caledonia without sailing around Upi Bay in a traditional dugout canoe. Follow the current to the stunning Isle of Pines, concealed between huge coral rocks that seem to float on the turquoise lagoon. In terms of wildlife, keep a lookout for turtles, rays and dolphins!

Observe the endemic birds in the Giant Fern Park

le parc des grandes fougeres

Observe the endemic birds in the The Giant Fern Park

Discover
The The Giant Fern Park, in Farino is home to many incredible plant and bird species: prehistoric tree ferns, goliath imperial pigeons, cagous, green pigeons... Armed with binoculars and accompanied by a guide, you can discover these birds in their natural environment. It's heaven on earth for all you birders and twitchers!

Admire the wildlife on the Ilot Canard underwater trail

Sentier sous-marin de l'îlot Canard

Admire the wildlife on the Ilot Canard underwater trail

Discover
Just across from Nouméa, Ilot Canard is the perfect spot to spend a lazy day. This islet includes a restaurant/bar, and can be accessed by taxi boat from Anse Vata. The underwater trail provides an excellent overview of the various species of coral and tropical fish. Just put on your snorkel and flippers and take in the incredible marine life around you.