New Caledonia Travel

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Introduction

The Pacific Island of New Caledonia is a nature lover’s paradise. Surrounded by the world’s largest lagoon and the second largest coral reef, this exciting destination with its diverse range of experiences truly is a tropical paradise. New Caledonia is called The ‘Land of Eternal Spring’, as it is blessed with a semi tropical climate all year round.

It’s a dependent overseas territory of France lying in the western Pacific Ocean, in the Coral Sea, to the east of Australia and west of Vanuatu. The territory consists of the main island of Grand Terre, the archipelago of the Loyalty Islands (Iles Loyaute), and numerous small, sparsely populated islands and atolls.

The main island offers an endless variety of landscapes, from panoramic mountains and lush forests, picturesque lakes and spectacular waterfalls, bush land and wide open spaces, quaint Melanesian villages and old convict settlements. But like many South Pacific Islands, there is numerous amounts of little islands surrounded the main island which is recommended to visit on your trip.

New Caledonia is known for its authentic French dining but also has a variety of different cuisine tastes. Seafood platters, Italian, Indonesian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese or traditional Melanesian cuisine: there is definitely something for everyone.

Nouméa

Grande Terre is the main island of New Caledonia and is also the third largest island in the Pacific, after New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. In the middle of the island there’s a chain of mountain and on the west side of the island there are wide, sweeping plains dotted with villages. On the east coast the coastline is steep with the mountain dropping down far below into the ocean. The island is enclosed by the worlds largest coral lagoon, where its excellent fishing, boating and diving! The capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa is located on this island as well. It’s a lovely city at the seafront with many shops and restaurant, all in the French style of course. Pay a visit to the colonial houses and the Saint Joseph cathedral. Coming Soon…

Loyalty Islands

The Loyalty Islands are inhabited by only a few people and are perfect for a holiday of exploration. There are secluded beaches, barely penetrable rainforests and hidden caves. The islands Maré, Lifou and Ouvéa are beautiful and definitely worth a visit! Coming Soon…

Climate

New Caledonia is described as ‘the land of eternal spring’ and boasts a pleasant tropical oceanic climate all year round, which is neither too hot nor too cold. It is also a sunny country, with Nouméa enjoying 212 sunny days per year.
The warm season is from September to March and the cooler season is from April to August, however water temperatures remaining warm throughout the year. The wetter months, as in tropical regions, are from January to March. September to November, is probably the best time to visit the islands, temperatures begin to rise, the trade winds blow unabated and is the least rainy period of the year.

Average Temperature
Summer:  86F maximum (30°C) 71F minimum (22°C)
Winter: 77F maximum (25°C) 62F minimum (17°C)

Average Water Temperature
Summer: 86F maximum (30°C) 77F minimum (25°C)
Winter: 84F maximum (29°C) 71F minimum (22°C)

Cool/Dry Season
April – August

Wet/Humid Season
January – March

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