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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!

Go whale watching on a catamaran

Whale watching New Caledonia

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.

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

Flight over lagoon UNESCO

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!

Observe the endemic birds in the Giant Fern Park

Giant fern park New Caledonia

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

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.

Walk the hiking trails of the Great South

Randonnée dans le Grand Sud

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!

Explore colonial history at Fort Téremba

Fort Teremba, Moindou, New Caledonia

Explore colonial history at Fort Téremba

Museum
Visit Fort Teremba and step back in time to the colonial past of New Caledonia. Built in Moindou in 1871, this historic monument bore witness to years of penal servitude and subsequent revolt of the Kanak people. The tour of this restored site, complete with guillotine, prison and museum, is loaded with emotion. Especially during the famous light and sound show!

Go wild in the zoological and forest park

The zoological and forest park New Caledonia

Go wild in the zoological and forest park

Park
High above Nouméa, the Parc Zoologique et Forestier is a wildlife park, a botanical garden and a nature reserve rolled into one. From cagous and goliath imperial pigeons to geckos and flying foxes, it offers an interesting overview of the country's endemic species. Set in a green landscape with many picnic areas, this is a must-see for both little ones and grown-ups!

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.

Sample local products at the Moselle Market

Noumea Market New Caledonia

Sample local products at the Moselle Market

Local savour
The largest market in Nouméa is found at the morning markets at Port Moselle. Step into a world of colour and flavour, where simply strolling from stall to stall is enough to tantalise the senses. Tropical fruits and vegetables, Pacific fish, local specialties, baked goods, crafts, souvenirs... the options are endless!

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

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...

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

Discover
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.