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New Caledonia

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 ¥21,665
Reviewed on May 29, 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

    Resort is located right on the beach, beach was very clean and the water was very clear.

    Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences ¥18,550
    Reviewed on Jun 15, 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

      Near the beach and pretty quiet.. Only downside is the inflexible and fiercely imposed 1500 check in time.

      Nouvata ¥7,629
      Reviewed on May 13, 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

        Despite I lost my cap when I required to change the room; the service was excellent and the staff was always kind. Internet service should be improved due to huge network restrictions inside.

        Escapade llot Maitre ¥24,143
        Reviewed on May 8, 2019
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        Escapade llot Maitre

        Escapade llot Maitre

        Ilôt Maître, BP 4918, Nouméa
           
          3.9 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          The island is beautiful and there are so many beautiful sea animals to see while snorkeling

          Chateau Royal Beach Resort and Spa ¥18,559
          Reviewed on Jun 15, 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.

            Hotel Le Lagon Noumea ¥13,487
            Reviewed on Apr 29, 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

              Good location walking distance to the beach. Helpful staff

              Hôtel Beaurivage ¥7,940
              Reviewed on Jun 1, 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

                Perfect location. Room was clean with a gret view only meters away from the beach. Very noisy from the nearby nightclub that is open until 4am. No coffee in the room so suggest taking your own if you need that first coffee before leaving the room. Bus stops directly out the front.

                Le Méridien Ile des Pins ¥32,326
                Reviewed on Apr 19, 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

                  Beautiful waterfront setting, friendly staff, good service, clean rooms The property needs a little updating as the rooms were a little dark due to a lot of dark wood. Good food, nice cocktails. A number of people found it difficult to locate La Piscine Naturelle but we enjoyed our stay very ...