Beach Perfect: The Must-See Beaches of New Caledonia
New Caledonia is certainly the quiet achiever among the holiday destinations of the Pacific. With gorgeous white sandy beaches and turquoise waters New Caledonia is fast becoming the hottest, must-visit island paradise, giving rival destinations a serious run for their money.
Just three hours from Australia by plane, this small French territory is luring water enthusiasts with its pristine beaches, vibrant waters, and exceptional marine life. Composed of dozens of islands, and home to the world’s largest lagoon and second longest double-barrier coral reef, it’s inevitable for beautiful New Caledonia to take a spot in the beach map of the world.
The beaches surrounding the capital city of Noumea are perfect for a leisurely stroll, a family dip, or a relaxing place for Sunday rest. Enjoy a typical French breakfast of croissant, bread and coffee at Le Fare du Palm Beach or try the Gauguin Buffet at Le Lagon Noumea. Sunbathing at Baie des Citrons is another great idea, while kayaking and windsurfing are popular activities at Anse Vata, the windiest beach in Noumea.
As beautiful and inviting as these beaches might look surrounding rising hotels and restaurants, they are actually just a preview of what New Caledonia has to offer – the real gems are located a bit farther away.
Long White Stretches
The sweeping white sand of the beach at Poe will greet you as you enter Bourail. Since the white beach stretches for a good 10 kilometres, you won’t have to compete for space even during the peak months. There is also the island of Ouvea, famous for its seemingly infinite 25-kilometre stretch of white sand. Dubbed “the island closest to Paradise”, Ouvea’s palm-lined beaches and azure lagoon circled by reefs and islets and are so captivating and rich in marine life that it received status as a World Heritage Site in 2008.
Hidden Coves, Caves & Cliffs
If you crave a little privacy, New Caledonia’s small coves and accessible yet hidden-from-view beaches will surely entice you. The intimate Turtle Bay and secret Lover’s Bay to the west, are as mysterious as they are beautiful. There’s also the aptly named Forgotten Coast, whose striking untamed coastline is best approached on a kayak, and the isle of Lifou whose caves and cliffs attract adventure-seekers as much as its crystalline waters seduce divers.
Be it a leisurely day at one of New Caledonia’s stunning beaches or an island-hopping adventure, our specialists here at New Caledonia Travel Connection can arrange the perfect holiday for you.