Why New Caledonia?
Unexpected sophistication with a great mix of relaxation and adrenalin.
Very few people could quickly and easily put their finger on the map to point out Nouvelle Caledonie. Like other French jewels in the South Seas, New Caledonia is still administered from far away Paris. While it retains the virtues of French sophistication, the impacts of tourism here are more understated than in Tahiti.
The old Club Med of the early 1980s still stands as one of the best in the country… and it is still very, very good. With Gorgeous beaches, splendid mountain ranges and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed lagoon (the largest on earth), New Caledonia is comparable in feel to the Whitsundays in Australia or Aruba in the Caribbean.
New Caledonia is the most developed of all the Melanesian countries with French laws, language and infrastructure nurture a sense of sophistication and elegance unique in the South Pacific, while the rich culture and traditions of the indigenous Kanak people (approx. 40% of national population) continue to shape the lay of the land.
While the cultures are rich and diverse, New Caledonia’s main drawcard is its abundant natural offerings. This island has one of the highest rates on endemism (native species of flora and fauna) in the world. Ancient birds and reptiles live in primeval forests surrounded by insectivorous plants. Whales, dolphins, manta rays and turtles abound in New Caledonian oceans, while the Lagoon teems with fish.
New Caledonia offers options that balance adventure, contemporary culture, night clubs and extremely instagrammable relaxation options, making it a perfect holiday destination for travellers with teenagers or older children.
Stunning romantic vistas abound in New Caledonia. Soak up the tropical atmosphere on one of the beautiful beaches. Let us help you find one all to yourselves!
Take in sunset from your private yacht overlooking the Loyalty Islands or from the rolling golden-hued hilltops of Deva Domain. Why not create a memorable proposal that will be recounted in the years to come – fly over the Heart of Voh, a naturally formed heart in the mangroves at the edge of a lagoon. Gastronomical experiences abound as you can indulge your senses with refined French dining in Noumea or participate in Kanak food culture by learning how to make bougna, a favourite of the locals. New Caledonia is absolute heaven for seafood lovers with an astounding variety of fresh produce on offer.
We are Sailing
Gorgeous islands are littered amongst the sparkling lagoon of blue-green. This is the Riviera of the Pacific. Cruising the azure waters from your privately chartered catamaran around the world-renowned Isle of Pines and along the rugged South Coast gives you true freedom and access, the ultimate way to experience this picture-perfect paradise.
Our charter options are tailored to your taste and interest. Speak to us about the addition of a dedicated private chef to be part of your crew, serving you with delectable restaurant quality cuisine and presentation throughout your cruise.
Perhaps you are interested in a private dive charter? We work with the best dive guides in New Caledonia with unsurpassed local knowledge to ensure you have the ultimate underwater experience across a variety of dive sites in New Caledonia.
Travel north-west up the spine of New Caledonia known as Grand Terre to Bourail, a secluded valley in the cattle ranching area of New Caledonia, where the local cowboys – known as ‘caldoche’ reign supreme. This region is known for its spectacular golden-hued beauty. Hike, mountain bike or horseback ride through the rolling hills on the 3 Bays Track, with a gorgeous view of the lagoon of Bourail. Venture into Bourail’s bays and visit Caldoche properties, then have a sunset dinner and champagne as the sun sets down over the sea. Try a round of golf or two at the Sheraton golf course on Deva Estate.
Kone lets you experience the local Kanak cultures with a traditional lunch and explanation of the customary and contemporary lives of the modern kanak person. Foué, is where the Lapita archeological site unveiled the “Koné tradition” pottery to the world often referred to as “Lapita pottery.” While this culture is featured across the South Pacific, New Caledonia is where the migratory route of the Lapita was first recognised.
The Koné-Tiwaka road connects the east and West regions. It is a popular drive due to the sheer variety of landscapes you encounter with striking vistas, lush swimming holes and beautiful streams. The road snakes through the mountain range dissected by rivers and flanked by the country’s largest pine forest, covering over 3,000 hectares.
The Great Outdoors
The Great South is a marvel of ancient sites. The contrast of the red earth, rich in iron ore and with sparse greenery of the vegetation fighting for survival and the blue of river and sky is a sight to behold. You will truly feel like you are experiencing life on another planet! This is a region of vast wilderness and landscapes fantastic for hiking such as the botanical walking areas around Madeleine Falls. You’ll see early convict settlements and kanak villages where traditional lifestyles are still to be found. Visit Yaté Dam, and take a walk down to the stunning water holes to swim in the clear water. Great landscapes and vistas abound. Enjoy lunch in a local ‘Gite’ by the seafront, with the chance then enjoy an afternoon swim. Take a leisurely hike in the Blue River Provincial Park or the Giant Ferns park, see ancient protected flora and fauna species.
What else can I do in New Caledonia?
- Fly in ultralight aircraft over the Heart of Voh and the Blue Hole
- Sea Kayaking around Hienghene
- Botanical walk at Madeleine Falls
- Spot a Cagu at Blue River and dodge a Sea Krait on land at Amedee Island
- Savour the sights of the stunning Isle of Pines
- Cruise the South lagoon in a Catamaran
- Sail by Catamaran from New Caledonia to the Loyalty Islands.
- Go mustering cattle, Caldoche style near Bourail.
- Take a picnic lunch at Tjibaou Cultural centre.
- Horse riding
- Scuba diving