New Caledonia Adventure

6 Days | Escape to a pure and natural island paradise

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Enter a country often overlooked in the South Pacific – a place full of endemic rainforest, Melanesian culture and truly unforgettable beaches. Welcome to New Caledonia! On this six-day adventure, you’ll have the chance to snorkel through transparent waters over coral reefs teeming with tropical fish, meet local makers and experience the longstanding tribal Kanak traditions with an overnight village stay. This well-paced trip takes you from the bustling French-influenced hub of Noumea along the west coast, with excursions to Blue River National Park and Giant Fern Park. With plenty of quality inclusions, time to relax beachside and a knowledgeable local leader every step of the way, your island escape is the perfect mix of rest and play.

Trip overview

Map of New Caledonia Adventure including New Caledonia
Start
Nouméa, New Caledonia
Finish
Nouméa, New Caledonia
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
New Caledonia
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 8
Trip code
TESN
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Why you'll love this trip
  • With a maximum group size of only eight people, you'll have the opportunity to have a real personal experience of this often visited (but seldom truly explored) destination.
  • Visit a remote tribal village in the New Caledonian foothills and see what it’s like to live among the local Kanak tradition. Learn the lifestyle and customs of these communities and spend the night in a traditional fare house.
  • New Caledonian beaches are the stuff of dreams. Go snorkelling and swimming on the lagoons of Poe Beach – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and see the highlights of Bourail, like Turtle Bay and Nera Beach.
  • Gaze in awe at the diverse landscapes of this island nation, from the mighty Kaori trees in the Blue River National Park to lush rainforest and endemic plant species in the Giant Fern Park near Farino.
  • Your leader has got you front of mind to ensure you get the best out of your stay. Learn about the region's cultures, traditions and way of living as you travel along the coast and get the low-down from someone who lives and breathes New Caledonia.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Accommodation is in no-frills, simple hotels and bungalows. This trip stays away from big resorts and focuses on local family-owned accommodation so you get to see the true New Caledonia, and travels around the country in a comfortable mini van.
  • As food options are sometimes limited in New Caledonia, many meals are included in this itinerary. Please note that, outside of Noumea, most dinners are eaten at your accommodation. You'll have the chance to try a variety of cuisines, from Indigenous Kanak food during your village stay, farm to plate meals and fine French dining.
  • Snorkelling equipment is not available for hire locally. If you would like to snorkel during your time in New Caledonia, please bring your own mask, snorkel, reef shoes and/or fins.

Itinerary

Map of New Caledonia Adventure including New Caledonia

Inclusions

Meals

5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Boat

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights), Fare (1 night), Bungalow (1 night)

Activities
  • Blue River National Park - Guided eco tour & picnic
  • Kanak Village - Cultural experience & traditional lunch
  • Bourail - Poé Lagoon
  • Bourail - Glass bottom boat
  • Bourail - Three Bays walk
  • Farino - Giant Fern Park guided rainforest tour
Add on activities
  • Noumea - Moselle Market - Free
  • Noumea - Saint Joseph’s Roman Catholic Cathedral - Free
  • Noumea - Tjibaou Cultural Centre - XPF500

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Important notes

1.A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 4 in the tribal homestay and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Snorkelling equipment is not available for hire locally. If you would like to snorkel during your time in New Caledonia, please bring your own mask, snorkel, reef shoes and/or fins.

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5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews submitted.
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Loretta · Traveled June 2023
An excellent trip offering a unique opportunity to spend time in a Kanak village with an extraordinarily knowledgeable and welcoming local guide, Marie-Claude. Another highlight was getting to the reef with many green turtles to view on the way. National parks visited were first rate as was our tour guide David.
Review submitted 29 Jun 2023

Kimberley · Traveled May 2023
Everything about this trip is incredible - great mix of hikes through stunning National Parks, beach days and exploring the stunning reef, amazing immersion into a local Kanak Village and plenty of free time to explore Noumea and the surrounding Islands. Tour guide is very caring and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!
Review submitted 03 Jun 2023

Prudence · Traveled July 2022
A wonderful trip discovering the real New Caledonia - coral reefs and turtles, well organised National parks for walking and mountain biking, beautiful rainforests and Kanak and French culture and food. Much more than just cocktails by the resort pool!
Review submitted 05 Aug 2022
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