New Caledonia Resorts Guide

The majority of the large New Caledonia resorts are found in the capital Noumea, a modern seaside town set on a sun drenched peninsula. Noumea has several lovely beach resort areas, excellent restaurants, boutique shops, casinos and a bustling marina offering day cruises to uninhabited islands, snorkelling trips to the outer reef and big game fishing charters. Noumea resorts are the mainstream of tourism in New Caledonia with over a dozen large resorts along the beachfront and many tourists stay here for their entire holiday. The main island of Grand Terre, by contrast, has few holiday style resorts and little immediate tourist appeal apart from its wild scenery and large open spaces.

The second most visited island is the delightful Isle of Pines, a 30-minute flight south of Noumea. The Isle of Pines has stunning white sand beaches, a distinct laid back holiday atmosphere and six accommodation from boutique resorts to guesthouses. Beautiful beaches and traditional kanak culture can be found in the Loyalty Islands which comprise of the three large raised limestone islands that lie 100 kilometres off the east coast of Grand Terre. Lifou is the main island with at least three daily flights from Noumea and a variety of accommodation options, whilst Mare and Ouvea have just one small resort each. The Loyalty Islands have stunning white sand beaches, interesting coastal sights and a traditional village culture.