New Caledonia (Oceania): what to see


What to see in New Caledonia, useful information for the trip, what are the islands of the archipelago, necessary documents, how to get there and best times to go on vacation.

Tourist information

New Caledonia, an island washed by the Pacific Ocean and part of the Oceania continent, was founded by Great Britain and France, becoming a French possession in 1853.

From 1864 onwards for forty years it was used as a penal colony. New Caledonia also includes the Loyaté Islands and the Isle of Pines.

What see

Grande Terre it is the largest of the islands of the archipelago of New Caledonia, surrounded by extensive coral reefs.

Isle of Pines, mostly frequented by tourists, it is characterized by a vegetation mainly composed of tall trees, including mainly pine trees.

Loyalty Islands they are located to the east of the Grande Terre and include Maré, Lifou, Ouvea, Tiga, Mouli and Faiava.

Belep islands are small islands located off the north coast of the Grande Terre, where you can get there on flights offered by a local company. Note that there are no hotels here.

Chesterfield islands they are an uninhabited archipelago located in the Coral Sea 550 km north-west of the Grande Terre.

Noumea is the capital, a well-known seaside resort with various beaches, is located on the southwestern side of the island of Grande Terre and enjoys a warm dry climate.

Hienghène, located in the northern part of the Grandi Terre, is a pleasant holiday resort where the coasts incorporate cliffs with particular shapes, the climate is hot and humid.

Necessary documents

To go to New Caledonia, a visa is not necessary for citizens of the European Union if the stay does not exceed ninety days otherwise a residence permit is required.

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How to get

Nouméa International Airport is located in La Tontouta, 17 km north-west of the center.

When to go

The best time to go to New Caledonia is during the dry season, which is between the beginning of April and the end of October. In the remaining months of the year, however, the season is hot and humid, often sultry with mosquito invasion.


No vaccination is necessary and the health situation is good. However, it is good practice to adopt normal hygiene and health precautions and take out travel insurance that includes health coverage and coverage of any repatriation costs as there are no direct flights to Italy.

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