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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!

Admire the wildlife on the Ilot Canard underwater trail

Ilot Canard underwater path

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.

Sunbathe on Anse Vata Beach

Anse-Vata beach New Caledonia

Sunbathe on Anse Vata Beach

Discover
In a convenient location overlooking Îlot Canard, Anse Vata Beach is the perfect place to enjoy a moment of pure relaxation on the beach. Between sessions, you can cool off in the 82.4℉ lagoon water or enjoy a drink in one of the nearby bars or hotels. It's a hard life in the tropics!

Try kitesurfing, windsurfing or paddleboarding in the Nouméa lagoon

Windsurfing New Caledonia

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!

Discover the hidden wonders of Kiki Beach

Kiki Beach Lifou New Caledonia

Discover the hidden wonders of Kiki Beach

Exploration
Concealed at the foot of the cliffs on the west coast of Lifou, Kiki Beach is a real hidden gem. After a half-hour walk through the forest, you will find yourself alone on a beautiful strip of white sand looking out over dazzling turquoise blue water.

Go snorkelling in the coral sea of Jinek Bay

Lifou, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

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!

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

Roche Percée bay New Caledonia

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

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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...

Enjoy the incredible sights of Kuto and Kanuméra bays

Kanumera and Kuto bay Isle of Pines

Enjoy the incredible sights of Kuto and Kanuméra bays

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Known for their fine white sand, Kanuméra and Kuto are undoubtedly the most beautiful and accessible beaches on the Isle of Pines! Separated by a thin strip of land, these two bays each have their own distinct personality: Kuto is perfect for lounging, while Kanuméra draws bathers to its sacred rock.

Paddle along the Côte Oubliée

Paddle drowned forest

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

Diving in 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.

Walk along the Lékiny cliffs  

Lékiny cliffs

Walk along the Lékiny cliffs  

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For New Caledonians, the Lékiny cliffs are Ouvéa's crowning glory. These imposing limestone formations are scattered with caves and can be visited on foot or by glass-bottom boat. To end your outing on a high note, you can also go snorkelling in the translucent water at the foot of the cliffs.

Set sail for the Southern Pleiades

Southern Pleiades Ouvea

Set sail for the Southern Pleiades

Exploration
Ouvéa is famous for its magnificent atolls, so an excursion to the Southern Pleiades is an absolute must. Set a course for Motu Gee and Motu Gece to observe the underwater fauna and flora of this Loyalty Island. From turtles to manta rays, sharks and reef fish, this colourful and pristine aquatic garden is bursting with life!

Cruise through the islets of the southern lagoon

Great South islands cruise

Cruise through the islets of the southern lagoon

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New Caledonia is an ideal country to visit by sea, with perfectly-preserved islets just waiting to be discovered. Those located to the south of Grande Terre are famed for their beauty. Many different day trips and multi-day catamaran cruises to explore these islets are available from Nouméa.