New Caledonia Travel Guide

  • The iconic and spectacular views of Isle des Pines
    The spectacular views of the Isle of Pines
  • Take a day cruise over to Amedee Island
    Take a day cruise over to Amedee Island
  • Drop anchor in Kuto Bay and explore beautiful Isle des Pines
    Drop anchor in Kuto Bay and explore beautiful Isle des Pines
  • A carved totem memorial to European missionaries on Isle des Pines
    A carved totem pole memorial to European missionaries on Isle des Pines
  • Enjoy the traditional dancing of the Kanak people
    Enjoy the traditional dancing of the Kanak people
  • Mouli Island forms one of the Loyalty Islands
    Mouli Island forms one of the Loyalty Islands
  • Start your adventure in the capital city Nouméa
    Start your adventure in the capital city Nouméa
  • The Kanak people are the native people of New Caledonia
    The Kanak people are the native people of New Caledonia
  • The "broussards" of New Caledonia keep the cattle in order
    The "broussards" of New Caledonia keep the cattle in order
  • Striking rock formations on the coast of Bourail in the southern province of New Caledonia
    Coastal rock formations, Bourail
  • Prepare yourself for some of the very best diving in the world!
    Prepare yourself for some of the very best diving in the world!

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.

[Infographic] Everything you need to know about the South Pacific islands in a (coco)nut shell

Which South Pacific island?

  • Population at last count:
    268,800
    Time Zone:
    GMT +11
    Currency:
    CFP Franc (XPF)
    Flight time from UK:
    23 Hours
    Language(s) spoken:
    French