Top 10 Budget-friendly Things to do in New Caledonia, New Caledonia

May 22, 2022 Florencio Paulino

From outback plains on the west coast and desert landscapes in the south to tropical mountains on the east coast, dazzling beaches in the Loyalty Islands and a buzzing capital city, Noumea, New Caledonia is a striking mix of impressive geography and diverse culture. There’s something to delight all ages and interests, whether it’s enjoying water sports in the UNESCO Heritage-listed lagoon, feasting on culinary delights, exploring cultural festivals, or hiking through amazing natural landscapes.

1. Plage de Luengoni

RM1 New Caledonia https://www.nouvellecaledonie.travel/fr/iles/lifou/plage-luengoni
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5.0 based on 150 reviews

Plage de Luengoni

Reviewed By Gil40100 - Dax, France

The Luengoni beach on Lifou island is known as one of the most beautiful. You have so much incredible beaches in New Caledonia and still more in "Loyauté" islands... So all is subjective but it's true that this really long white sandy beach with its curve is incredible. Under the sun the white sand takes all is beauty and the coral rocks in the sea enforce this beauty of nature. Very known by tourists but as all the beaches in New Caledonia, almost nobody on it... The large space you have to put your towel allow you generally to enjoy this beach as a Robinson. You can find shadow at different places (in the back of the beach) and it's easy to stop and join it (even if in the North side, there are lot of houses along the street (hiding a bit some entrances). You have a clear entrance with parking at South end of this wonderful place. You can swim easily with no current and join some small coral reef where you'll find lot of life and its known here that you can see turtles more easily than elsewhere. Be respectful of this wild life please (don't stress the turtles)...

2. Piscine Naturelle

Ile Des Pins New Caledonia +687 46.15.15
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1,109 reviews

Piscine Naturelle

Reviewed By Chellenc - Grand Terre, New Caledonia

Visited here at low tide a 10-15 min walk from Meridian, walked along beach till we met inlet and followed inlet to piscine naturelle... Beautiful and plenty of variety or coral, fish, etc to see. We went at low tide and was great however I can only imagine how great this would be at high tide. Easy and safe.

3. Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie

3 Route Aquarium Anse Vata Anse-Vata, Noumea, Grand Terre 98800 New Caledonia +687 26.27.31 [email protected] http://www.aquarium.nc
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4.5 based on 1,915 reviews

Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie

The "Aquarium des Lagons" is a public joint venture between the Government of New Caledonia, the Government of the Southern Province, and the City of Noumea. The statutes of the organization define its major goals and objectives : Management of the Aquarium Contribute to the promotion, protection and conservation of New Caledonia's aquatic environments Take part in the promotion of tourism in New Caledonia contribute to the distribution of scientific information relating to aquatic flora and fauna Develop partnership with other French, European or international institutions engaged in similar activities Our mission is to reach these goals and objectives. The Aquarium team, with the range of disciplines called for, is constantly working with this in mind.

Reviewed By kimaI1699BD - Brisbane, Australia

I was pleasantly surprised by the aquarium, it was bigger than expected and a good range of things to view. The turtles are adorable and huge! There is also a few sharks and some really big fish in the main tank. I also wouldn’t like to bump into that sting ray in the ocean!

4. Kanumera Bay

Isle Of Pines, Ile Des Pins New Caledonia https://www.newcaledonia.travel/en/islands/ile-pins/kanumera-bay
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4.5 based on 498 reviews

Kanumera Bay

Reviewed By jesswright24 - Mango Hill, Australia

Isle of Pines.- piscinnie natural (the natural lagoon), gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous, would be even more so in high tide. Long long walk to get to it (through water & through bush). We departed from Le Meridian and it took approx 20 mins to walk with our 7 & 3 year olds. Lots of fish, coral close to shore & beautiful setting. The Kanumera bay is stunning!!! Not too many fish but gorgeous setting. Is right across the toad from Kuto bay and beach. Kuto beach is walkable from the Jetty boat pulls into. Turn left upon exiting jetty and just follow the road around to Kuto bay beach, 10 minute walk. The sand is like pure Velvet!!! It is even better than Whitehaven beach in QLD. The colours are out if this world. Across the road from Kuto bay (yes literally across the toad) is Kanumera bay, walk down there for a total slice of paradise! After getting off boat there is lots of taxis and mini buses. We got into a mini van with some other tourists (who also spoke french), after the driver announced bonjour Madame Piscine Natural .... yep cool that’s where We want to go let’s just get in. No idea on cost or anything just ran with it! About a 20 minute drive later He took us to Le Meridian Hotel and dropped us off there to walk to the Natural Lagoon and said come back at 2pm. It ended up costing $3000 XPF (approx $42 AUD) for the four of us - 2 adults 2 kids). He then took us to Kanumera bay (again about 30 minutes drive) , and charged us $3000 again. He said we just walk back to jetty to get on boat when we were ready. And pointed to jetty. Boat with Bettico shipping companies was $8990XPF for adults return. Total cost us $342 AUD approx. 2 adults 2 kids. Planes was about $1000. French is widely spoken everywhere and English is very limited or not at all so brushing up on your basics is a good idea.

5. Blue River Provincial Park

1 Route Du Pont Perignon, Yate, Grand Terre 98834 New Caledonia +687 43.61.24 https://www.newcaledonia.travel/en/great-south/yate/blue-river-park
Excellent
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4.5 based on 149 reviews

Blue River Provincial Park

Reviewed By alisonrT3109OM - Melbourne, Australia

I spent about four hours here as part of a bird-watching tour group with an expert guide. The variety of bird species to be seen was truly amazing! The park seemed generally well-maintained. My only reservation was that the caretakers were using noisy leaf-blowers. Something that only creates air pollution and noise pollution for both humans and birds alike, and after all the leaves blow back again anyway!!!

6. Grand Terre: Poe Beach and Roche Percee

Poe, Bourail, Grand Terre 98870 New Caledonia
Excellent
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4.5 based on 160 reviews

Grand Terre: Poe Beach and Roche Percee

7. Lifou Island

New Caledonia https://www.newcaledonia.travel/en/islands/lifou
Excellent
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4.5 based on 673 reviews

Lifou Island

Reviewed By sm2683 - Newstead, Australia

We spent the day at Lifou while on a P&O Cruise on the Pacific Dawn ship. A beautiful spot to relax on the beach and jump off the pier with kids! Beautiful reefs. 4-5 large sea turtles started swimming around us while in the water! Amazing! Some good little local markets. Highly recommend reef shoes as the beaches are incredibly rough and sharp with coral and shells.

8. Easo Beach

New Caledonia
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4.5 based on 88 reviews

Easo Beach

Reviewed By lastword2016 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

We had a lovely, relaxing time on this very pretty palm-fringed beach on Lifou, an island in New Caledonia in the South Pacific. It was quite a narrow beach and a little busy when we were there, but it didn’t in any way affect our enjoyment. The sea was crystal clear, and hugely inviting. It was hot, but we were able to cool down with ice cold New Caledonia beer bought from a nearby trader. This was all a lovely experience. We’ll always remember Lifou! Perfect!

9. Le Musee Maritime de Nouvelle-Caledonie

11 Avenue James Cook, Noumea, Grand Terre 98800 New Caledonia +687 26.34.43 [email protected] http://www.patrimoine-maritime.asso.nc/joomla15/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 241 reviews

Le Musee Maritime de Nouvelle-Caledonie

Reviewed By Kate789Melbourne

Definitely worth a visit - really interesting especially the exhibitions about the expedition of La Perouse and rescuing boat people. Very friendly welcome from receptionist.

10. Musee de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale

14 Avenue Paul Doumer, Noumea, Grand Terre 98800 New Caledonia +687 27.48.70 http://www.noumea.nc/musee-de-la-seconde-guerre-mondiale
Excellent
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4.5 based on 163 reviews

Musee de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale

Reviewed By TANGOCHARLIEBRAVO - Westbury, United Kingdom

Much more than military history, it outlines the transition of New Caledonia into the post imperial world through the presence of 50,000 Allied servicemen, mainly American, during WW2. There is enough English to follow the story, but “O level” French will help. The local Information Office said it was cash only for entry, but the museum now accepts cards. Entry costs very little, seniors for example, pay the equivalent of $1 US. There no cafe, neither gift shop, it is no frills, but well worth a visit.

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