From spectacular white sandy beaches to well-preserved historic buildings with a beautiful French feel, New Caledonia's capital city Noumea is a perfect combination of South Pacific hospitality and European elegance. Surrounded by a series of charming bays, Noumea sits on a hilly peninsula and offers a range of numerous activities to educate and delight all the senses. Only a two and a half hour flight from Sydney, find yourself dining in an unforgettable French restaurant or challenge yourself to an adventure of a lifetime with an extreme sport experience. All is possible in Noumea!
Visit Place des Cocotiers, the perfect place to watch the world go by, with street markets and boutique shops that are not to be missed.
In 2008, New Caledonia's lagoon was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, ensuring its conservation for generations to come. At 24,000 sqm, it is the largest natural lagoon in the world, protected by a barrier reef that extends over 1600 km. There are numerous dive centres and sites from which you can access the lagoon, including several off Noumea, all promising amazing scuba diving or snorkelling experiences for all ages. Take a day trip and visit untouched islands that boast sparkling clear water and wonderful coral reefs. Humpback whales are also a common sight during the breeding season.