New Caledonia Attractions

There is plenty to do on your holiday in New Caledonia. The weather is perfect for swimming at the sparkling beaches, or you can take a catamaran and visit the Isle of Pines and the Loyalty Islands which help to make New Caledonia the thriving country it is today.

After exploring the beaches, visit the New Caledonian Tourism Office for a map, check out the local currency, hire a car and see some of the attractions on offer.

For some local Kanak flavour, go to an ethnic music bar for some indigenous dancing and music. The Tjibaou Cultural Centre is in a distinctive building and offer exhibitions and indigenous plays and concerts.

The Museum of Maritime History records the history and displays of artefacts from shipwrecks. The New Caledonian Museum contains local ornaments and indigenous handicrafts. The Aquarium is one of the leading centres of marine research in the world.

Noumea is situated on the largest lagoon in the world! The Amedee Lighthouse was brought out in pieces by the French.

Travel up the west coast to Bourail, where the South Pacific Ocean has sculpted beautiful caves and rock formations. Kone is an ancient site, where pottery has been found dating from the tenth century BC. Take a tour through the rainforest and see the kagu (large flightless bird) in its natural habitat.

After all the sightseeing in New Caledonia, enjoy some of the best duty free shopping in the South Pacific. Noumea shops are strongly influenced by the French: enjoy the chic boutiques of Paris in the South Pacific!