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New Caledonia Holiday

Take a trip to this sparking archipelago and uncover a thriving cosmopolitan culture, beautiful scenery and a fascinating past. 

Swim, kayak and sail in the vast, shimmering lagoon of New Caledonia. Visit colorful markets and oceanfront restaurants or hop between islands of tranquil rainforests and secluded beaches.

A dependent French colony since 1853, this archipelago holds an indigenous population who live alongside expats from Europe, Africa and Polynesia. Ethnic diversity is particularly prevalent in the capital Noumea on the main island Grande Terre. Eat the finest fish available at lavish Western-style restaurants and peruse the Market near the marina to barter for exquisite arts and crafts, fresh fruit and homemade bread. Swim at sheltered Baie des Citrons or Plage de l'Anse Vata. Rent a kayak to venture farther out or glide through the spray in a two-person dinghy.

Drive three hours north to reach quiet towns, stunning clifftop views and plunging waterfalls or go southeast to the former convict center of Prony, surrounded by woodland and a gateway to the island’s best natural reserves. Pic Du Pin nearby offers exceptional hiking with Blue River National Park beyond sheltering kauri trees, many more than 1,000 years old. Don’t miss the drowned forest where tree trunks rise from the silky, turquoise water.

No trip is complete without a visit to some of the smaller, neighboring islands. The eastern Loyalty Islands of Maré, Lifou and Ouvéa each combine modern hospitality with outstanding untouched scenery. Find your own private beach for the day or explore rocky caves and crevices. A shorter ferry ride south takes you to the Isle of Pines with its idyllic beaches and resorts set around the ghostly remains of a 19th-century prison.

New Caledonia is in the western Pacific Ocean east of Australia. Fly to Tontouta Airport from New Zealand, Australia or Japan. A tropical climate makes New Caledonia a good choice year-round although temperatures can feel uncomfortably warm during January and February. Noumea has the biggest concentration of accommodations. Staying on the smaller islands is generally confined to more expensive private resorts.


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Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa AU$292
Reviewed on 13 Jul. 2019
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Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa

Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa

Pointe Magnin, BP1915, Nouméa
     
    4.2 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    We had the best, most relaxing time away. I would recommend this destination to everyone.

    Nouvata AU$117
    Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2019
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    Nouvata

    Nouvata

    123 Promenade Roger Laroque, Anse-Vata, Nouméa
       
      3.6 of 5
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Quality of cooked breakfast foods was average. Overcooked bacon. Slimy scrambled eggs. Canned fruits. Room with ocean view was lovely.

      Chateau Royal Beach Resort and Spa AU$270
      Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2019
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      Chateau Royal Beach Resort and Spa

      Chateau Royal Beach Resort and Spa

      140 Promenade Roger Laroque, BP 18716, Nouméa
         
        4.4 of 5
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Fabulous situation on the beach. Great rooms with separate kitchen Stuff lovely. Nice view to the sea. Swimming pool not heated on cooler days.

        Le Méridien Ile des Pins AU$445
        Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2019
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        Le Méridien Ile des Pins

        Le Méridien Ile des Pins

        Baie d'Oro, BP 175, L'Île-des-Pins
           
          4.4 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          A taste of paradise. Staff were fantastic. Resort was uncrowded with beautifully set out gardens and walkways. Our two adjacent 'forest' rooms were luxurious and well suited to our family of 5 adults. A highlight was the buffet breakfast, which we enjoyed outside overlooking the beach. Access to ...

          Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences AU$230
          Reviewed on 10 Jul. 2019
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          Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences

          Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences

          109 Promenade Roger Laroque, Nouméa
             
            4.2 of 5
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Spacious, modern 3 bedroom apartment with amazing views in the perfect location. We were actually upgraded from a 2 to a 3 bedroom apartment. Apartments were serviced everyday and staff were friendly and helpful. Great to be able to self cater as food in Noumea is really expensive to eat out or take ...

            Ramada Hotel & Suites Noumea AU$204
            Reviewed on 12 May 2019
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            Ramada Hotel & Suites Noumea

            Ramada Hotel & Suites Noumea

            7 Rue Louis Bleriot, Anse Vata, Nouméa, New Caledonia
               
              3.7 of 5
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              i liked the location, but it could use an update on beds/mattresses

              Hotel Le Lagon Noumea AU$182
              Reviewed on 8 Jul. 2019
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              Hotel Le Lagon Noumea

              Hotel Le Lagon Noumea

              149 route de l'Anse Vata BP440, Nouméa
                 
                4.4 of 5
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                liked spacious room a hotplate wood be benefical all nice and clean

                Hôtel Beaurivage AU$108
                Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2019
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                Hôtel Beaurivage

                Hôtel Beaurivage

                7 Promenade Roger Laroque, Nouméa
                   
                  4.0 of 5
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  right on the best beach in Noumea, close to amenities, clean and provides the basics. Perfect for those who don’t want to lounge at their hotel all day.