Getting Around New Caledonia

Your holiday in Nouvelle Caledonie will be long remembered! Set in the middle of the wonderful South Pacific, there are links from Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. New Caledonia transport consists of the domestic carrier Air Caledonie to visit the outlying Isle of Pines and the Loyalty Islands with several flights daily. If you have a lot of luggage then take the fast catamaran Betico (pronounced be-ti-CHU).

Your travel guide and map of New Caledonia will show that Noumea is the capital and largest city, situated in the south-west of the main island: the Grande Terre. New Caledonia weather is fabulous, varying from warm to hot. Be prepared for summer rains!

Getting around New Caledonia is easy. For your own travel, hire a car from one of the many Noumea car rental companies. Choose from standard international franchises or small local companies.

Noumea transport is usually by bus or bike. The buses run every fifteen minutes and are colour-coded. Check where to get the return bus as some routes do circuits. Buy cheaper tickets from the automatic dispensers found around the city. A tourist day pass is great if you plan a lot of travel. Radio taxis are also available – ask for an English speaking driver if your French is not good!

Cycling is fairly easy if you stay on the coast and do not try to cross the high ranges dividing the east and west coasts. The New Caledonia weather makes cycling a pleasant way to really see the region. Inter city buses run daily for all main island transport.