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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 ¥20,854
Reviewed on Aug 8, 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

    Good location, right by the beach and just a short walk to town. Friendly staff who knew how to speak English which was a bonus and made our lives easier!

    Nouvata ¥6,936
    Reviewed on Jul 26, 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

      Great location And excellent service ,Friendly people, The place is outdated We stayed for 6 days and they closed the swimming pool for 5 days for maintenance without warning ,so we were disappointed because half of the reason we chose the hotel is because the swimming pools.

      Chateau Royal Beach Resort and Spa ¥17,833
      Reviewed on Aug 11, 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

        location and general setting. Swimming pool was closed

        Hotel Le Lagon Noumea ¥13,055
        Reviewed on Aug 20, 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

          We enjoyed our stay at Le Lagon and were very happy with the staff, the service and the hotel location. Unfortunately Noumea itself did not live up to our expectations and is well below standards we are accustomed to. Prices extremely high, most restaurant quality very low apart from Le Roof & Lemon ...

          Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences ¥17,149
          Reviewed on Aug 18, 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

            We had a nice time, our 1 bedroom apartment had everything we needed. They need more staff on the breakfast things were not topped up until asked, eggs took a long time to be made. Reception was very well run. All together it was a pleasant stay.

            Ramada Hotel & Suites Noumea ¥14,578
            Reviewed on Aug 1, 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

              Good location; although basic, room had nice balcony overlooking racecourse; cooking facilities worked for us

              Le Méridien Ile des Pins ¥34,510
              Reviewed on Jul 16, 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 ...

                Escapade llot Maitre ¥23,242
                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