Diverse experiences await on an island that combines French flair with South-Pacific culture. 

Welcome to New Caledonia, where tropical holidays can be so much more than relaxing by the hotel pool with a cocktail in hand – think hiking through endemic rainforests, snorkelling over coral reefs teeming with brightly coloured fish, and walking along beaches that sparkle under the sun. From exploring the country’s diverse mountainous landscapes to learning about local culture from Kanak tribe members, our tours on this island paradise promise memorable adventures you can’t get anywhere else. 

Our New Caledonia tours & holidays

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Participate in epic marine adventures

From crystal clear lagoons and shimmering rainforest lakes to golden beaches boasting turquoise waters, there are plenty of places to live out your ultimate marine fantasies in New Caledonia. Whether you want to go snorkelling past vibrant reef systems, make creative sandcastles with soft, white sand or set out on a glass-bottom boat on the lagoon waters of Poe Beach – this is New Caledonia in all its sun-kissed glory. 

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Walk the islands’ leafy landscapes

There’s just as much to see on land as there is to see in the water with magnificent national parks full of native flora and fauna, hiking trails snaking in between towering pine trees, and scenic spots promising stunning views everywhere you look. From embarking on a 4WD adventure through Blue River National Park to spotting iconic birdlife along the Three-Bay Trail, there’s nothing like being out in New Caledonian nature. 

Aerial view of a street by the water in New Caledonia

Explore the laidback town of Noumea

Boasting a lifestyle that’s more breezy than bustling, the easy-going town of Noumea captivates travellers in its own right thanks to its friendly inhabitants, relaxed atmosphere, and French flair. Hit the streets to explore the Tjibaou Cultural Centre or St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Cathedral or wander through stalls selling local tropical produce and souvenirs at the Port Moselle market. 

A heaped plate of fresh prawns

Dig into traditional New Caledonian cuisine

You’d think that because New Caledonia is surrounded by the ocean, seafood would make up a large portion of the island country’s traditional cuisine – and you’d be right. With a mix of both Melanesian and French flavours, the most popular local dishes tend to feature crabs, prawns, fish, and scallops (anyone fancy a bowl of bougna?), all washed down with an exceptional glass of wine.  

A traditional Kanak house in New Caledonia

Visit a local Kanak village (and stay overnight)

It’d be hard to find a more friendly and welcoming bunch of people than the local New Caledonians and luckily for you, you’ll get the chance to delve deeper into their culture, habits, and daily life on a once-in-a-lifetime rural experience. Visit a remote tribal village for the day and learn about various sacred Kanak practices and customs before spending the night in a traditional fare house with your group. 

Cows grazing in a farm paddock with mountains in the distance

Learn about regional life and its daily customs

It’s easy to get swept up in the natural beauty of New Caledonia without stopping to consider the important part this country’s people play when it comes to sustainably preserving it. Go behind the scenes of daily life at a regional ‘property’ just outside of Bourail, learn about farm practices that were once adopted from American ranchers, and finish the day off with a typical bush dinner. 

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Other popular tropical destinations

We have a variety of similar island destinations, trips, and routes that you could consider from the Solomon Islands to Vanuatu, so why not tie another trip into your holiday? Check out the options below! 

New Caledonia FAQs

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). 

However, we continue to strongly recommend  that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

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Whether you need a visa to travel to New Caledonia depends on which country you're a national of with passport holders from countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Japan, and France all exempt from requiring a visa. However, there is still some documentation you need to present before being let into the country such as a valid passport, proof of return flight, and travel insurance. 

If you're from a country that hasn't been listed, you'll need to apply for a visa to New Caledonia before your intended date of arrival into the country. 

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There are two distinct seasons in New Caledonia; a hot and rainy season from December to March and a cold and dry season from June to September which makes up the island country's tropical climate. During the hot season, temperatures average around 30/32°C (86/90°F) but can climb as high as 35°C (95°F) with the humidity also making it uncomfortable to spend long periods of time outside. You can also expect heavy rainfall during this time although it doesn't tend to last for too long unless there's a tropical storm. The cold season sees temperatures average at around 20°C (68°F) while remaining relatively dry. 

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What to pack for New Caledonia largely depends on what time of the year you travel in but because it's a tropical destination, packing plenty of t-shirts, dresses, short sleeve shirts, shorts, and skirts is a safe bet. Make sure to pack clothes that are made from light, breathable clothing because it can get warm and humid in New Caledonia during the summer. You should also pack appropriate sun protection such as hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen if you plan on spending a considerable amount of time in the sun. Also, don't forget to pack your swimsuit! 

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It's relatively easy to get to New Caledonia as there are several options available including catching a plane or arriving via boat. Flying to New Caledonia is the easiest and most time-efficient way to travel, especially if you're flying from Australia's east coast with plenty of direct flights arriving into and departing daily from La Tontouta Airport in Noumea. 

The local currency in New Caledonia is the Pacific franc (CFP) which is closely aligned with the euro. The prices below are shown in USD for ease of comparison: 

  • Glass or bottle of beer = USD 4.50
  • Simple lunch at a local cafe = USD 10
  • Dinner at a restaurant = USD 20-30
  • Fresh coconut = USD 3
  • Single bus trip = USD 3

New Caledonian cuisine is heavy on seafood and flavour so you can expect traditional dishes to be tasty and packed with local produce. With a combination of both Melanesian and French influences, you're guaranteed to want seconds of everything you eat. Here are some of our favourite dishes: 

  • Bougna (a stew-like dish made of chicken, lobster or fish and served with root vegetables). 
  • Plenty of seafood including coconut crab, New Caledonian blue prawns, and oysters
  • Venison
  • Civet de Rousette (bat stew) 

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Absolutely. All people travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of healthcare around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please visit our Travel Insurance hub.

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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