New Caledonia: what to do, what to see…

Bounded by the Loyalty Islands to the east and the Île des Pins to the South, New Caledonia lies at the heart of the world’s biggest lagoon: 24,000 km² of UNESCO World Heritage Site. With white sandy beaches and red soil deserts, rainforests and savannas of niaouli trees, many of nature’s treasures are zealously guarded here. The islands are also unusual for their joyous mix of cultures. On your visit, you’ll meet bushmen, stockmen and kanaks. 


• Lifou Island
• The Blue River Provincial Park
• Amédée island and its lighthouse
• The Heart of Voh
• Ouvéa Island
• The Oumagne Grotto
• Upi Bay
• The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre
• The Lagoon Aquarium
• Prony Bay


• Swim with multicoloured fish in the natural swimming pool of Oro Bay
• Enjoy the Heart of Voh, the symbol of New Caledonia, from a microlight
• Ride with the bushmen and share in a way of life focused entirely on livestock and farming
• Dive on the wreck of La Dieppoise in the fascinating waters off the Amédée lighthouse
• Conquer the South of the island on a mountain bike: plenty of effort required in this unique environment!
• Take a hike making sure to stop at the many waterfalls
• Work on your casting with a fishing trip around Tiambouen
• Play with the elements as you kitesurf, windsurf or paddle board around the lagoon
• Walk to Nimek to see the shark nursery
• Share some unforgettable experiences with the Melanesian community of Hienghène enjoying a bougna, a traditional feast dish of the Kanak people


• Bougna 
• Roasted venison
• Sweet pork
• Yam donuts
• Taro chips
• Coconut crab in coconut milk
• Manioc fries
• Papaya gratin
• Po'e
• Soyo chicken


• A wood sculpture (tiki)
• A Melanesian mask
• Baskets of woven coconut palms or pandanus leaves
• Flavoured salt from Poingam
• New Caledonian arabica coffee
• A Kanak traditional robe mission or robe popinée dress
• Mother-of-pearl or coral jewellery
• Niaouli honey
• Aloe Vera
• Vanilla

Getting to New Caledonia