Major Tourist Attractions: Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center, Amedee Lighthouse, Noumea Cathedral, Ilot Maitre, Anse Vata Beach
From rugged coastlines with white sandy beaches and emerald lagoons to chic patios of French café in cosmopolitan Noumea, New Caledonia gives visitors the chance to experience a touch of France while in the South Pacific.
French serves as the official language, but English is widely spoken in the city, making travel arrangements easy for visitors. Once you are out of the city, let the scenery guide you to explore lush rainforest covered mountains and coastlines filled with vibrant sea life amongst colorful coral.
Whichever group of islands you are on, the pace is relaxed, and schedules are merely guidelines meant for bending. Food is typically French, with gourmet cuisine and a love for cheese found in nearly every establishment. Gracious and friendly as always, the locals will smile and wish you bon appétit.
Hotels in New Caledonia range from basic rooms with an ocean view to stilted bungalows built over the ocean. Resorts and guesthouses are plentiful, with multiple weekly ferries between islands. Most visitors find it easy to island hop usually beginning in chic Noumea before finding the idyllic beachside paradise in Ile de Pines.
Here is a list of adventures you’ll find in New Caledonia:
- Shop till you drop for French fashions in Noumea
- Enjoy five star meals in Le Roof, a restaurant right on the jetty
- Discover Ile de Pines, the only South Pacific island with trees tall enough to rebuild ship masts
- Snorkel or dive the clear turquoise waters, finding a rich marine life
- Explore the chief’s home adorned by totem pole carvings of Mwa Ka
- Bird watch beneath the giant kauri trees, deep in the rain forest of Blue River Park
- Follow the mule tracks, on a five day hike across the plains and forests that starts at the sea
- Purchase bread and cheese or local artist goods at the Noumea Market
- Find the Heart of Voh, a heart shaped mangrove
Address: U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji,
P.O. Box 218 or 158 Princes Rd,
Tamavua, Suva, Fiji
Phone: (679) 3314-466