New Caledonia is a stunning destination that is very popular with visitors from Australia and
New Zealand throughout the year.
Its natural beauty and incredible wildlife are some of its greatest attractions, so here are some
of the highlights to look out for when you travel here on your holiday.
Visit the Beaches
As a tropical island, it comes as no surprise that many people visit New Caledonia for the beaches–
of which there are many.
Some popular beaches like Baie des Citrons are located in Nouméa, whereas others are more
remote beaches located far from anywhere.
On the beaches, swimming and snorkelling are the most popular activities.
If you visit Nouméa, head to Duck Island on a water taxi and you will find some excellent
Other top snorkelling spots include I’llot Maitre, which is in a marine reserve and located near
to Nouméa, and the Isle of Pines, which is a bit further away.
However, there are many more places to snorkel all over the island.
Explore the Barrier Reef
The New Caledonia Barrier Reef is the standout natural attraction here, and it is a true wonder
Second only to the Great Barrier Reef in size, it is simply spectacular, and it is also a UNESCO
World Heritage Site.
You will find it stretching around Grande Terre, the largest of New Caledonia’s islands, and it
is 930 miles long in total.
The lagoon it encloses is also very impressive.
At 9,300 square miles, it is one of the biggest in the world.
As well as snorkelling and swimming, you will be able to enjoy many other water sports here.
See the Native Flora and Fauna
You can explore the native flora and fauna for yourself when you snorkel or go scuba diving, but
there is plenty to see above land as well if you get the chance.
Over 3,000 species of birds and animals are native to New Caledonia, and 80 percent of the flora
here is endemic.
If you can’t spot any animals in the wild, see them in the Michel-Corbasson Zoological and Forest
Park or in the Aquarium des Lagons, as both have good collections.
Spend Your Holiday in Paradise
The animals, vegetation, beaches, weather and the reefs make New Caledonia a real paradise spot
for a holiday.
It is the perfect place to stay for a while or for a visit as part of your cruise, which you may be able
to find using a website online.
Make sure you try out various activities when you arrive, that will allow you to see the best of its
natural surroundings, and consider going for a hike into the heart of the island if you get the chance.
Enjoy Your Time in New Caledonia
One of the best things about New Caledonia is that it is not far from Australia, so you can easily visit
by booking a short flight.
It is also a popular stop on cruises in the region, so you may want to see it this way instead.
However you plan your visit, and however long you stay, try to see some of the above attractions and
enjoy the natural beauty of New Caledonia.
About the Author
Ryan Posa has explored the world as the former District Sales Manager for Carnival Australia and then as the founder of Cruise Republic. With a deep love for life aboard, he often blogs about his favourite destinations and tips for modern cruising to inspire others to see the world via the high seas. You can follow Ryan on Twitter.
Photo source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Caledonia
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