Flights to New Caledonia

New Caledonia

New Caledonia flights

Take a flight to New Caledonia, where the Pacific meets France. The thriving, indigenous Kanak culture and the influence of French colonial history on the language, food and lifestyle of Nouvelle Caledonie have created a cultural melange that’s both beautiful and unique. While Noumea has a delicious Riviera-style vibe and authentic croissants, the further you travel from the capital the more you’ll experience the indigenous way of life.

Surrounded by the largest enclosed lagoon in the world, and with the balmy weather of tropical Melanesia, there is a diverse landscape to explore across the three main islands – from a myriad of tiny atolls and coral islands fringed by white sandy beaches to the beguiling grasses of the savannah, lush stands of vertical pines and botanical riches of the wet maquis and rugged mountain chains.

The basics

The climate is tropical with a hot and humid period from November to March with temperatures that average between 27°C and 30°C, and a cooler, drier period from June to August with temperatures between 20°C and 23°C.

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Grande Terre

With Noumea as the capital, the biggest island of New Caledonia is surrounded by the world’s largest coral lagoon. The rugged central mountain range and tropical climate have resulted in extraordinary biodiversity with microclimates that allow endemic species such as the red-legged, flightless cagou to thrive.

ĺle de Pins

This small island, a 20-minute flight southeast of Noumea, is named after the distinctive column pines that date from the Triassic and grow to up to 50 metres. The ultimate eco-tourist destination, the island has a network of small trails for easy exploration of the myriad small bays and deserted white-sand beaches of the emerald lagoon and for climbing Mount Nga for a panorama of the whole island.

Loyalty Islands

Lifou, Mare and Ouvéa – the small islands east of Noumea – make up the Loyalty group. Life here runs at an even slower pace than in Noumea, and is positively Kanak. The island’s geology is also distinctive: what were once coral reefs have become dramatic cliffs that rise from the sea. And the 25km white-sand beach on the atoll of Ouvéa will meet the definition of perfect for even the pickiest beach-lover.

Things to do in New Caledonia

Highlights deservedly include a visit to Tjibauo Cultural Centre, the Jean Nouvel building that rises from the rainforest, and eating a traditional Bougna feast in a Melanesian gite. Add the following New Caledonia experiences to the list:

  • Snorkel in the emerald waters of the Îles de Pins
  • Sea kayak below the black, vertiginous limestone Lindéralique rocks
  • Clank spurs with the French-style cowboys in the region of Bourail
  • Horse trek into the high mountains near Koné for lush vegetation and breathtaking views
  • Eat lobster on the white-sand beach of Oro Bay
Getting around New Caledonia

Buses connect every town on Grande Terre with Noumea. There is also an urban bus network in Noumea along with Le Petit Train which does a circuit from the city centre to Anse Vata. While none of the other islands of New Caledonia have bus networks, cars, scooters and bicycles are available to hire on each of the islands.

Noumea is linked to the Loyalty Islands and Île des Pins and the Loyalty Islands by a fast passenger ferry three times a week. There are also flights from Noumea to each of the islands of the Loyalty group as well as to Île des Pins and the other key towns on Grande Terre. The international airport is 50km from Noumea.

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