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New Caledonia (French:Nouvelle-Caledonie) is a dependent overseas territory of France lying in the western Pacific Ocean, in the Coral Sea, to the east of Australia and west of Vanuatu. The territory consists of the main island of Grand Terre, the archipelago of the Loyalty Islands (Iles Loyauté), and numerous small, sparsely populated islands and atolls.

New Caledonia offers beaches, mountaintop fondue in chalets, camping, amazing snorkelling and diving, and fabulous French food.



  • Nouméa — the capital, and the only city of any size.
  • Bourail — a farming town.
  • Mueo
  • Port Bousie
  • Thio


New Caledonia is a collectivité d'outre-mer of France with a special status which allows it to have its own laws and its own government in anticipation of becoming completely independent in a few decades. New Caledonia sets its own rules for everything except for national defence and foreign policy, which are set by France.

The people of New Caledonia are split into 5 major groups:

  • The Kanaks, Melanesian inhabitants of New Caledonia, were here long before the Europeans and many of them are still living outside of Noumea in tribes. The traditional authority of the tribes' chiefs is legal and recognized by French law.
  • The Caldoches, descendants of European and North African prisoners and settlers, include some families that have lived in New Caledonia for more than 100 years.
  • People from metropolitan France and other French overseas territories, locally called "zoreils", are mostly newcomers and here only to work in Noumea for a few years.
  • Asians, descendants of those who came to work in the nickel mines of New Caledonia about a century ago, are mostly Vietnamese, Chinese and Indonesian.
  • Polynesians, people from French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna, are mostly living in Noumea for work. As French citizens, they can move freely between New Caledonia and Polynesia.

Since the events of Ouvéa cave hostage-taking in 1988, there has been a political movement towards more autonomy in New Caledonia as listed on the UN list of non-self governing territories. An independence referendum is being planned for 2018.


Settled by both Britain and France during the first half of the 19th century, the island became a French possession in 1853. It served as a penal colony for four decades after 1864.

The islands have been an overseas territory of France since 1956.

The 1988 Matignon Accords grant substantial autonomy to the islands formally under French law. Agitation for independence, which occurred during the 1980s and early 1990s, seems to have dissipated. A referendum on independence was to have been held in 1998 but was eventually cancelled, as the Noumea accord decided; a new referendum is scheduled for after 2014.

In New Caledonia, as elsewhere in France, the national holiday is Bastille Day (14 July).


New Caledonia has a semi-tropical climate, modified by southeast trade winds. It is often hot and humid in January and February. The islands are subject to tropical cyclones, most frequent from November to March. During winter (April to August) the daytime temperature is around 22 degrees. The water may still be warm, but it often feels too cool to really want to go swimming.


The main island of New Caledonia is one of the largest in the Pacific Ocean and its terrain consist of coastal plains with interior mountains. The highest point is Mont Panie (1,628m).

Grand Terre is rich in minerals, and is an important source of many ores, mainly nickel and chromium. There is a mountainous interior green with subtropical foliage. The outlying islands are coral-based, have stunning white sand and sport palm trees.

Get in

A number of items are restricted by customs and biosecurity regulations. Consult the the official flyer (in French) for more information.

By plane

  • New Caledonia Airport (IATA: NOU), in Païta, 52km northwest of the capital city of Noumea +687 35 11 18. Air France provides code-share flights from Paris via Tokyo, Osaka, or Seoul. Regular flights are available from Tokyo and Osaka on Aircalin, as New Caledonia is very popular with the Japanese. Air New Zealand and Qantas also serve the airport. There are also flights from various Pacific nations, New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia. However, there aren't many flights overall, so beware of availability.
  • Noumea-Magenta Airport (IATA: GEA) , 4km from the city centre, +687 25 14 00. Serves all domestic flights within New Caledonia, such as the Loyalty Islands (Maré, Tiga, Lifou, Ouvéa), from Isle of Pines in the south to Belep Islands in the northern tip of the mainland as well as Koné and Koumac on the west coast and Touho on the east coast.

By boat

Noumea is a popular port of call for people sailing around the Pacific, though most dare not sail during cyclone season.

Get around

Forget about Google Maps, it is grossly incomplete in New Caledonia and often wrong. OpenStreetMap is a much better option.

By car

Rentals - cheapest are:

  • Red point (drivers have to be above 24 years of age)

Note that, like in France, automatic cars are not common and most rental cars are manual.

By bus or taxi

There are two main bus services in New Caledonia:

  • CarSud is the regional bus service in Province Sud. Ligne C will take you from the La Tontouta airport to Noumea city centre for XPF400 (as of June 2014).
  • Karuiabus is the city bus service in Noumea. Ligne 10/11 will take you from the city centre to Baie des citrons and Anse Vata for XPF210 (as of June 2014).

A taxi from downtown to your hotel will cost approximately XPF850 each way, compared to XPF210 each way by bus. Taxis do not cruise the streets to pick up passengers as in other cities; they have to be ordered by phone 28 35 12). This makes the bus a good alternative as the total journey time is not much longer than by taxi.

If you are staying in a hotel or other accommodation you can just ask them to call you a taxi. The same applies if you are shopping in Noumea – if you have just purchased something, even groceries in a small store, they will be happy to call you a taxi.


Hitching is much easier than in metropolitan France but, like in most places, with the same inherent risks. Around celebrations there are many drunk drivers on the roads. Locals prefer to travel during daylight hours when possible as the roads at night are very dangerous and few drivers have sufficient insurance.


  • Tjibaou Cultural Centre, a gift from the French Government. The architect was Renzo Piano, an Italian architect.
  • Botanical garden
  • Wandering along the waterfront in Noumea - Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata.
  • The New Caledonia Barrier Reef — listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it encircles both the Grande Terre and Île des Pins. It's also known as the New Caledonia Lagoon.


Snorkelling, diving, windsurfing

    • Îlot Canard just outside the Anse Vata is a good place for beginners
    • Aguille de Prony is an amazing underwater structure in the Prony bay south of Noumea

Relaxing, tanning, and generally doing nothing

    • Baie des Citrons and the Anse Vata are common beaches at the Noumea peninsula
    • Îlot Maitre has a resort. This can be reached by taxi boat from the Anse Vata, and by boat from the Baie de Mouselle
    • Numerous other tourist resorts can be found throughout the Grande Terre and Île des Pins


  • Eating French and local cuisine

Hiking and camping

  • Parc de la Rivière Bleue in the Yaté region south of Noumea. Get there early because the best walks take a while to reach and you must be out of the park by 5pm. Plan on taking the shuttle (need to be booked ahead of time at the ticket office) if you want to skip a boring 2km walk on the road both ways.
  • The Monts Koghis offer two nice walks just outside of Noumea. Park at the auberge des Monts Koghis, sign a release and leave your mobile number in case of emergency.
  • Prony offers a nice 1.5h walk through the historical village. Park at the Baie de la Somme since the road is better and there's a lot more parking space, then follow the signs and get on the walk to Prony.
  • Joining a hiking group is generally a good idea, since you then can really enjoy the great scenery without fear of getting lost, or having to stick with conventional tourist spots


The official language is French though most locals speak New Caledonian patois, and it is difficult to find English speakers outside of Noumea except where a few pockets of English speakers are left amongst the elderly in the north-east. In Noumea, French, English, and Japanese are widely spoken at hotels, restaurants, and shops. To enjoy a place like this, you should really endeavour to learn some French or the local languages.



The CFP franc (called just franc locally) is the currency used in New Caledonia, and also in the other Pacific territories of French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna. The initials CFP used to stand for Colonies Françaises du Pacifique (“French colonies of the Pacific”), but this was changed later to Communauté Financière du Pacifique (“Pacific Financial Community”) and finally to its current incarnation: Change Franc Pacifique (“Pacific Franc Exchange”). Throughout these successive changes the ISO 4217 currency code has remained XPF and pegged first to the French franc and then to the euro.


The cartoon series La Brousse en Folie and Le Sentier Des Hommes by Bernard Berger will give you an insight in the local culture and tradition. The comics are written in French, the former imitating the local accent and grammar (or lack thereof).

Other than that, plenty of conventional souvenir shops may be found throughout Noumea.


New Caledonia is very expensive, since much of the food needs to be imported. There is no culture of bargaining either and attempting such might cause offence.


Buy food from local markets, which are common to almost every town.

Restaurants are expensive. You can eat quite well for about 10EUR at a couple of eateries opposite the library in town. For travellers on a budget, you'll need to observe what the Kanaks do for the best deals.

French food is (obviously) a speciality, but the range of foods available can be a little limited.


  • Bougna, a traditional meal among the native Melanesians, which consists of some form of meat, pork, chicken, fruit bat, crab, etc, along with roots such as yams and sweet potatoes. This is wrapped in banana leaves and cooked under hot rocks heated in a fire.
  • Coconut crabs
  • All fruits taste very good


Try kava. You can recognize a Kava bar by a red light outside and dim lighting inside. It is about XPF100 compared to XPF500 for a beer, so about a fifth of the price. You drink the Kava immediately once you've purchased it and then go off to a dark bench to relax.


There are many places around New Caledonia that are affordable and in good condition. All you have to do is search around and you will find somewhere to sleep within your price range.



Volontariat Civil à l'Aide Technique VCAT. Conditions: you must be French or from another EU-member state or a country belonging to the European Economic Area. You must be between 18 and 28 years old (inclusive). You must not have had your civic rights revoked by a court or have been convicted of certain offences.

Stay safe

New Caledonia is fairly safe, but it is wise to take the following precautions:

  • When snorkelling, avoid contact with sea urchins, which are often poisonous, and coral structures, which can cause scrapes that swell badly and take a long time to heal.
  • A seasnake known locally as the Tricot Rayé has a potentially lethal venom, but is not aggressive when left alone, and only attacks when threatened.
  • There are sharks, some of them quite large, though Great White Sharks are rare. Avoid shark attacks by:
    • Not carrying fish that you have caught (and may be bleeding) while in the water
    • Facing the shark, so that to the shark you appear large, vertical and difficult to bite
  • There are no crocodiles native to New Caledonia. Rogue individuals have been observed on the island no more than twice within the past 200 years, probably swept out from the Solomon Islands.

Stay healthy

Iodine or a similar disinfectant is invaluable to fight off small infections, which quite commonly occur in most sores and scratches.

Some mosquitoes carry the dengue fever virus. There is no vaccination for this, so it is important to prevent mosquito bites to the extent possible. Consult a doctor for more information, and see the Wikivoyage article.


marriage equality

Photo: Unsplash

Time to revise the geography books.

A new continent has been discovered and you may already have checked it off your travel bucket list. It’s called Zealandia and it stretches 5 million square kilometers in the southwest Pacific. 94% of its area is submerged, but three major landmasses are well above the surface: New Zealand’s North and South Islands and New Caledonia. Zealandia matches all the criteria that make it a continent: It is elevated above the surrounding area, it has a distinctive geology, a well-defined area and a crust thicker than the ocean floor. [The Geological Society of Americas] Zealandia

Image by The Geological Society of Americas

This week in “making the world a better place for everyone”:

New York on its way to end legal child marriage.

In the state of New York, it is legal for a 14-year-old child to marry with a parent and judge’s permission. Although not a common occurrence, according to Human Rights Watch, “from 2001 and 2010, 4,000 teenagers under 18 married in New York” and “84% of them were minor girls marrying adult men”. New York State Assemblymember Amy Paulin introduced a bill to raise the legal age of marriage. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is advancing this new legislation to end child marriage by raising the age of consent to marry from 14 to 18-years-old. [Global Citizen]

Finland enacts marriage equality.

Finland equality law came into effect on Wednesday March 1st, allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. The Finnish parliament had passed the marriage equality legislation in 2014, but it was later derailed by conservative activists. Despite the opposition, the Finnish Parliament voted 120-48 to uphold the law. Finland now brings to thirteen the number of European countries with marriage equality laws. [Reuters]

Clean energy for the win.

Denmark produces enough wind energy to power 10 million homes.

According to EcoWatch, on February 22nd, Denmark produced enough energy to meet the entire country’s electricity needs. Clean Technica explains that Denmark’s onshore and offshore wind turbines produced “enough to power the equivalent of 10 million average EU households.” Check Europe’s daily wind numbers at Wind Europe. On March 1st, for example, 13.5% of European energy demand was met by wind energy. [EcoWatch]

#Denmark Just Set Yet Another World Record for #Wind Powerhttps://t.co/jiK3ZstfUW @climatereality @350 @greenpeace pic.twitter.com/f9PoXcgPpC

— EcoWatch (@EcoWatch) 19 janvier 2016

Lonely Planet Vanuatu & New Caledonia (Travel Guide)

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Lonely Planet Vanuatu & New Caledonia (Travel Guide)

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Vanuatu & New Caledonia is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Experience true island-paradise on the black-sand beaches of Vanuatu, go to a kava bar with the locals, or have an underwater adventure in the world's largest lagoon; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Vanuatu and New Caledonia and begin your journey now!

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New Caledonia (Travel Adventures)

Thomas Booth

This amazing guide tells you everything you need to know about these spectacular South Pacific islands - the hotels, restaurants, the culture, what to see and do, how to get around. New Caledonia consists of a large island, Grande Terre, and a group of small islands called dependencies - the Loyalty Group, Ouen, the Isle of Pines, Huon Islands, and the Chesterfields. Grande Terre is as big in land mass as the whole state of Hawaii. Its capital Nouméa, with 70,000 people, looks big too. There are imposing buildings, freeways, traffic lights, escalators and, in the center of town there is a large bowered park called the Place des Cocotiers. Nouméa has sidewalk cafes, little corner bistros, boulangeries, patisseries and, if it weren't for the black faces and the climate, you could be in a French provincial town. The white inhabitants have a Gallic look, the slight difference around nose and mouth that perhaps comes from a nasal approach to words. Some look as if they had just left the farm, some are conservatively well dressed, and many of the young people are clad in the latest mod-chic. Then there are others. You see them and hear them in the bars and bistros. They are usually bearded and have a military appearance. They are clearly soldiers, perhaps of the Foreign Legion. New Caledonia needs them now and perhaps will in the future. Arrival in New Caledonia is attended by the feeling that you've arrived somewhere very colonial, very French, where everything works, except during the awkward hours from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM when everything is closed. You'll soon become aware that the standard of living is much higher in New Caledonia than on other Pacific islands. For the present, New Caledonia is a great place for a vacation. In Nouméa you'll find the big hotels, the boutiques, the casinos, the beaches, and the restaurants. Half of the population lives there. That leaves a lot of empty space on the rest of the big island and the tiny islands around it. New Caledonia and its dependencies are an island group in the southwest Pacific that forms part of Melanesia. The bIg island called Grande Terre has a land area of 12,000 square miles, and is the third-largest island in the South PacIfic after New Guinea and New Zealand. Along the entire length of New Caledonia runs a chain of mountains. Mt. Passie in the north and Mt. Humbol in the south are nearly 5,000 feet high and this chain divides the island into climatic areas. In the west on the leeward side, like the Australian outback, there are wide stretches of dry savannah land dotted with eucalyptus trees. This is good cattle country but, because of invasive mangrove swamps along this coast, there are few good beaches. On the east coast where it rains over 100 inches a year, there are coconut plantations, rivers with waterfalls, and 150-foot-tall Norfolk pines. This is where most of the rural Melanesians live. Around both sides of the island, there is a protective barrier reef, the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Along the entire length of New Caledonia runs a chain of mountains.

Lonely Planet Vanuatu & New Caledonia (Country Guide)

Jocelyn Harewood

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Jocelyn Harewood

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Exercise normal security precautions

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.

Canadians are encouraged to register with the Australian Consulate General in Nouméa in order to receive the latest information on situations or events that could affect their safety.


Petty crime is prevalent. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.


Demonstrations occur and have the potential to suddenly turn violent. Roadblocks and marches may occur on main roads at any time and with little or no notice. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media.


All main roads on Grande Terre are paved.

Buses connect all major towns and villages. There is a ferry service between Noumea and other islands.

Emergency Services

In the event of an emergency, dial 17 for the police and 15 for an ambulance.


Related Travel Health Notices
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Vaccines to Consider

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread by contaminated food or water. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.


Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or through personal contact with unwashed hands. Get the flu shot.


Measles occurs worldwide but is a common disease in developing countries, particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. Measles is a highly contagious disease. Be sure your vaccination against measles is up-to-date regardless of the travel destination.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are coming from a country where yellow fever occurs.
  • Vaccination is not recommended.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care provider.

Food and Water-borne Diseases

Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.

In some areas in the Oceanic Pacific Islands, food and water can also carry diseases like hepatitis A. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in the Oceanic Pacific Islands. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!


Insects and Illness

In some areas in the Oceanic Pacific Islands, certain insects carry and spread diseases like chikungunya, dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis, lymphatic filariasis and malaria.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.

Dengue fever
  • Dengue fever occurs in this country. Dengue fever is a viral disease that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases it leads to dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal.  
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue bite during the daytime. They breed in standing water and are often found in urban areas.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine available for dengue fever.



There is no risk of malaria in this country.


Animals and Illness

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Certain infections found in the Oceanic Pacific Islands, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.


Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.

Medical services and facilities

Medical services and facilities

For the latest Travel Health Notices and information on vaccinations, outbreaks and diseases, consult the website of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The Agency strongly recommends that you consult with a travel medicine clinic or health care provider preferably six weeks before departure.

The Agency publishes travel health advice for New Caledonia.

Medical services

Medical facilities are generally good on the main island, but limited on the other islands.

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention FAQ for more information.

Canada and France are signatories to the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in France to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and French authorities.

Dual citizenship

Although France recognizes dual citizenship, dual citizens are considered French citizens and are subject to French laws. Consult our publication entitled Dual Citizenship: What You Need to Know for more information.


The currency is the Comptoirs français du Pacifique franc or the CFP franc (XPF).

Credit cards are accepted. Currency and traveller’s cheques can be exchanged at major banks or in most hotels. Most banks have automated banking machines (ABMs). 


The cyclone season extends from November to April. Monitor regional weather forecasts and plan accordingly.