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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.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to New Caledonia?

A: Prepare to step off the plane at Noumea (NOU-Tontouta Intl.). You'll likely be arriving aboard one of the 165 international flights that operate from this international airport in New Caledonia each month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to New Caledonia?

A: Grab your suitcase and stay at one of the high-quality hotels. They're among the most frequently booked hotel types. Guest houses, pensions and bed & breakfasts are also popular in New Caledonia.

Q: What does a New Caledonia vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: You can choose to sort out every detail of your trip or let Expedia help you out with an awesome New Caledonia vacation package. Flights, car rentals and hotels — we have them covered. All you'll have to do is work out the kind of activities you'd like to try.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to New Caledonia?

A: Booking a package takes the worry out of traveling, and it can save you some big bucks too. Flights, Hotels, Activities, Rental Cars — Expedia is here to help. Bundle them up and start dreaming about what you're going to do with that extra spending money.

Q: What are the best things to do in New Caledonia?

A: There are so many new experiences and attractions in Nouméa. Spend time in this major city and find out why Anse Vata Beach and Noumea Harbour attract the crowds. Ile aux Canards island is also worth your while.




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Escapade llot Maitre
Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020
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Escapade llot Maitre

Escapade llot Maitre

Ilôt Maître, BP 4918, Nouméa
     
    4.0 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Excellent location!

    Hôtel De Poé ¥13,980
    Reviewed on Sep 2, 2019
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    Hôtel De Poé

    Hôtel De Poé

    Plage de Poé, Bourail, New Caledonia
       
      3.9 of 5
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      gros travail à faire sur le personnel lokal du restaurant. on a tjs l'impression de les déranger.

      Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences ¥17,921
      Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020
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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

        Great location. Easy walking distance to beach and local amenities.

        Le Méridien Ile des Pins ¥23,707
        Reviewed on Dec 29, 2019
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        Le Méridien Ile des Pins

        Le Méridien Ile des Pins

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

          Excellent hotel for a great holiday! Beautiful whitesand beach, the cleanest ocean water (you can see everything through it!) and just a general feeling of a paradise :) There are only 2 downsides - first is that it is not so easy to get there and second is that the food is pricey.

          Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa & Golf Resort ¥19,663
          Reviewed on Jan 9, 2020
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          Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa & Golf Resort

          Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa & Golf Resort

          Lot 33 Domaine de Dév, Route de Poé B.P. 50, Bourail
             
            4.1 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            amenities were fantastic, great layout and very comfortable rooms. staff were all fantastic and very helpful. kids loved the buggies. it was wonderful that they catered so well for gluten free dining, which is very hit and miss in new cal. we were there for the new years eve party which started at ...

            Le Méridien Noumea Resort & Spa
            Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020
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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

              Loved this resort. Stayed 8 nights, most relaxing holiday we have had.

              Naina Park Resort ¥11,294
              Reviewed on May 21, 2020
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              Naina Park Resort

              Naina Park Resort

              La Foa
                 
                2.5 of 5
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                très beau parc et de nuit n'en parlons même pas tout illuminé une beauté et a voir ce flamboyant de plus de 140 ans j'y retournerai quand il sera fleurit fin de l'année il faut laissez du temps a ces nouveaux et jeunes gérants présent depuis 5 mois seulement pour tout remettre en état ce qui n'est ...

                Paradis d' Ouvea ¥31,870
                Reviewed on Dec 7, 2019
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                Paradis d' Ouvea

                Paradis d' Ouvea

                BP 272 Fayaoue, Ouvea Island, Ouvea, Loyalty Islands
                   
                  4.0 of 5
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  We stayed for 2 nights in Nov 2019. You go to this place only for its perfect and beautiful location.... just have the right expectations: it's not a 5* hotel, its prices can be misleading. Service is friendly but subpar, nobody will help you carry your luggage, any order at the bar will take forever, ...

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