Things to do in New Caledonia
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre
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.
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.
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.