The mixture of crystal blue, turquoise and green hues of New Caledonia’s magical lagoon is a sight for sore eyes. With an enticing mixture of French and Melanesian, New Caledonia offers warm hospitality brought by European elegance, as well as wonderful beaches, resorts and an exquisite gourmet cuisine that will completely delight all your senses. The diversity of recreational activities will leave you occupied all day, offering you everything from kayaking, diving, sailing, and rock climbing to whale watching and snorkeling. It’s a true heaven on Earth.
The Unforgettable Beaches
When you look for a tropical island with gorgeous beaches to relax on and pristine waters to enjoy while soaking up the sun, New Caledonia can very well be your number one choice. Not only will you be able to relax and unwind, but the beaches of Noumea and other parts of New Caledonia will also provide you with an opportunity to participate in an array of fun activities, such as snorkeling and swimming. I’llot Maitre, Duck Island, and the Isle of Pines are the best snorkeling spots. Ouvéa, one of the most beautiful islands of New Caledonia, is home to the most beautiful white sand beaches I have ever seen. Walking across the Mouli Bridge, I’ve witnessed the magnificent sight of eagle rays and turtles swimming underneath.
Hanawa Blue Hole
The mythical Hanawa Blue Hole and Turtle Hole are just some of the Ouvéa’s must see places. A giant aquarium-like cavity filled with various colorful fish offered a unique sight. While the local people tend to enjoy dipping in the waters, it’s not recommended for the tourists since coming out of those waters isn’t as easy as it may seem.
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Cliffs of Jokin
Just to the north of Lifou Island, the Jokin cliffs took my breath away with their mesmerizing height and beauty. Towering over the ocean with over 60 meters of height in some places, the Jokin cliffs will help you comprehend the geology of Lifou quite easily. Going up to the peak of the cliffs, I enjoyed the astounding coastline and burial chambers. The foot of the cliff, on the other hand, offers an exquisite scuba diving experience, which made this travel a really unforgettable New Caledonia trip, which I’ll reminisce about for years to come.
Exploring More Of New Caledonia
Horseback excursions are a great way to discover all the wonders of New Caledonia while enjoying the scenery and wonders of nature. Book your guided tour no matter where you’re staying. If you like hiking, you’ll be glad to know that there are regular hiking trips organized across Grande Terre offering you a chance to enjoy some of the most magnificent sceneries on the island. Explore the gorgeous lagoon and book a trip on a glass-bottomed boat that will take you across New Caledonia’s coral reef. What’s more, the reef is perfect for underwater spearfishing, so if you enjoy this activity, be sure to embark on a fishing expedition while visiting this charming island. For those who love cultural tours, a visit to New Caledonia Museum and Noumea’s South Pacific Commission Building will be a true delight. With the collection of native handicrafts and artifacts from various local wrecks, you’ll have a short insight into New Caledonia’s culture and heritage.
Traveling to New Caledonia is an experience like no other. The crystal blue waters, white sandy beaches, and many mesmerizing natural wonders will leave you breathless. Use every chance you get to discover as many islands as you can, and you will truly feel the vibe of New Caledonia and its inhabitants. Enjoy the adventurous activities, indulge in its fine cuisine, and you will surely have a memorable vacation.
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Roxana is a Sydney based travel enthusiast with a passion for writing. She loves fashion and has an eye for anything visually appealing and aesthetic. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. You can find her articles on HighStyleLife and StyleByAsia.