11 September, 2019
19 February, 2019
A warm Kanak welcome awaits in the capital of New Caledonia. A town steeped in South Pacific heritage, it's got museums dedicated to local Melanesian culture, rows of Parisian-styled colonial houses, and lush green hills laced with country clubs and golf courses. What's more, this city is indelibly engulfed by the ocean. Shimmering lagoons of azure water slosh all around the center. They come lined with ivory-tinged beachfronts where coconut shacks and hammocks abound. Yacht clubs await, too, and the chic retreats between the lemon groves of the Baie des Citrons. Cheap flights to Noumea from New Zealand should only take around three hours from departure to arrival, thanks to airlines like Aircalin and Air New Zealand, which run the route direct.
Little Lifou island is laced with glimmering azure lagoons and rugged cave pools. Be sure to bring the snorkels and the hiking boots along for the ride!
The spear-like forests that cover the Isle of Pines are untouched and unexplored, rising straight from scintillating lagoons to cloudless skies.
The Tjibaou Cultural Center is a striking piece of avant-garde architecture that can help you understand the long traditions of New Caledonia's native Kanak people.