10 Good Reasons to Visit New Caledonia
1. It’s just next door to Australia
In fact, New Caledonia is Australia’s closest South Pacific neighbour. Less than 3 hours from Sydney and only 2 hours from Brisbane.
2. It’s a French experience
Charming French influence with English commonly spoken in tourist areas. The visitor information centres carry the complete range of touring, day cruise and accommodation options for exploring beyond Nouméa.
3. It’s a gourmet paradise
The best food & beverage experience in the South Pacific with over 200 restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs in Nouméa alone. “New Caledonia is one of the best French gourmet experiences outside France” – says celebrity chef Gabriele Gaté.
4. It’s beach and secluded islands
The New Caledonia Islands of Lifou, Ouvéa, Maré (the Loyalty Islands) and the spectacular Isle of Pines are a beach lover’s paradise. Unpopulated their fine white sands they are only matched by their crystal clear transparent waters. Islands are serviced daily by local carrier Air Calédonie.
5. It’s not touristy
New Caledonia is not overrun by tourists. When you visit you’ll be joining the local population and
sampling their day to day life. You’ll soon understand why over 80,000 French nationals choose to call
New Caledonia home.
6. It’s a natural wonderland
New Caledonia is set inside the world’s largest and most beautiful lagoon. It’s surrounding reef system was listed as a world heritage site in July 2008 and speaks volumes for the quality of the marine environment. With minimal commercial activity New Caledonia’s reefs boast 900 coral varieties and 15,000 marine species.
7. It’s great value
The Australian dollar is currently at a high against the local currency (French Pacific Franc – XPF). So New Caledonia is fantastic value for Australian travellers.
8. It’s exciting nightlife
Exceptional nightlife for a South Pacific destination with a good selection of bars and clubs all within walking distance from the Nouméa accommodation strip. Places to be seen – Baie des Citrons (MV Lounge) and Le Bodega bar on the Anse Vata pier.
9. It’s a safe place
A stable and tolerant environment to relax and explore independently. HomoSphere Association (www.homosphere.asso.nc) is the local gay and lesbian resource centre who organise events year round
10. And, it’s easy to get there
There are 8 departures weekly from Sydney to Nouméa and 3 departures weekly from Brisbane to Nouméa flying with Aircalin (Air Calédonie International) – the International Airline of New Caledonia.