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Things to do in New Caledonia

The list of things to do in New Caledonia is almost endless. Each island is more beautiful than the next. Explore the tiny capital city of Noumea, or go sailing out to a secluded beach on a surrounding island, such as the Isle of Pines. The striking character of each island, restaurant, market and beach is unmistakable.

Snorkelling and Diving New Caledonia

Home to one of the world's largest barrier reefs, New Caledonia is a hot-spot for snorkelling and diving. Swim among tropical fish, multi-coloured coral, and shipwrecks at Duck Island or Lifou. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, each reef, bay, inlet, and lagoon holds something splendid beneath its surface. Immerse yourself in the real-life aquarium that is New Caledonia.
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Sea turtle on the reef in New Caledonia

Sailing New Caledonia

Sail from island to island and explore a world of tropical wonder. Travelling either by yourself or with a guide, there's no better way to hop between New Caledonia's islands. Weigh anchor and fish out on the bay, or come ashore to discover another side of the lush archipelago. Between islands, simply soak up the sea air and sunshine in style.
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Amedee Island and Lighthouse

New Caledonia Sightseeing

Whether it's by sea, land or air, sightseeing New Caledonia is an enriching experience. Take a horseback ride along beautiful white sands, through lush rainforest, and across pastoral plains. Discover the islands on foot as you hike ocean headlands, or take a boat through the inland waterways and travel deep into the heart of the islands. Thrill-seekers, look to the skies – charted flights, helicopter tours, and skydiving are all available.
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Exploring the road less travelled in New Caledonia

New Caledonia Hiking

Discover unique environments as you explore the islands on foot. Hiking is where New Caledonia truly reveals itself. Explore the ancient lands up close and marvel at the striking beauty of nature. Parks and nature reserves are best hiked with a guide. Their knowledge of the lands, history, and nature will open your eyes to another side of New Caledonia. Some of the most beautiful hiking spots are in the mountainous Northern Province.
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Natural swimming pool on the hike up to Tao Waterfall

Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre

Ancient Kanak culture and modern French architecture meet in the most extravagant fashion. The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre is home to what many critics consider one of the most fascinating contributions to modern architecture in recent ages. Renzo Piano's awe-inspiring timber structures break the canopy of the coastline, almost appearing as fantastically modernistic skyscrapers. The centre is dedicated in memory of its namesake, the figurehead of the Kanak fight for independence.
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Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre

Noumea Cathedral

St Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral is a magnificent piece of classic French architecture in the most unorthodox surroundings. Following the construction plans of a former convict of the island, the penitentiary workforce were tasked with constructing the holy church in 1887. The structure took 10 years to complete, and the local timbers and stone used give the cathedral other-worldly sensibilities.
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Saint Joseph Cathedral and Moselle Bay

Musée de Nouvelle-Calédonie

The Musee du Nouvelle-Caledonie provides an excellent introduction to Kanak culture. Local exhibits of art, sculpture, and artefacts are on display to the general public. Located in the capital city of Noumea, this museum and gallery is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of this gem of the South Pacific.
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Maritime Museum of New Caledonia

From the native fishermen to European exploration, New Caledonia has a long history of maritime affairs. The Musee Maritime de Nouvelle-Caledonie is an insightful glimpse into a territory that has seen many visitors come to its shores over hundreds of years. Learn about the first European exploration of Captain Cook, French settlement, and World War II combat.
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