New Caledonia Travel Guide

Bathed by the world’s largest coral lagoon, this former French colony beckons with South Pacific charm and a touch of French chic. On the main island of Grande Terre, the pavement cafés and palm-backed bays of Noumea city welcome your arrival, before you adventure inland to discover lush valleys, tropical forests and towering peaks.

To explore further, head west for white sands or north for secret coves, strike south to find unusual red soils, or travel east for wild rivers and plunging waterfalls. Leaving Grande Terre, hop across to the laid-back Loyalty Islands where translucent waters teem with tropical fish, or disappear to the romantic island of Ile des Pines, where you can bask on the beaches, snorkel in sheltered pools or trek to hidden caves and crumbling ruins.

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    Time Zone:
    GMT +11
    CFP Franc (XPF)
    Flight time from UK:
    23 Hours
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