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Introducing New Caledonia

New Caledonia is the perfect honymoon destination – a sunny, tiny slice of France surrounded by the warm waters of the South Pacific.

Blessed with stunning natural beauty, delicious French cuisine, luxurious resorts and rich cosmopolitan charm, New Caledonia has all the ingredients you need for a romantic honeymoon in one of the South Pacific's best honeymoon destinations.

What to do and see

Discover some of the best white-sand beaches in the South Pacific, hike through pristine forest and dive into the world’s largest lagoon.

Whether you choose to honeymoon on the main island of Grande Terre, the idyllic Isle of Pines or on a small coral atoll in the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia offers a choice of must-see sightseeing attractions for inquisitive couples.

In Nouméa, browse chic fashion boutiques, stroll tree-lined streets crowded with colonial architecture, eat alfresco in elegant sidewalk cafés, savour French cuisine in fine-dining restaurants and embrace the town's refined French ambiance.

New Caledonia also offers a wide choice of things to do from sailing, scuba diving and kayaking to hiking scenic forest trails: Grande Terre offers some of the best hiking in the South Pacific.

Grande Terre, New Caledonia

The main island of New Caledonia offers a lush backdrop of mountains, rainforests, rivers, lakes and beaches wrapped around secluded coves fringed with coral gardens teeming with colourful fish – the ideal setting for a relaxing honeymoon. Explore the lively cosmopolitan city of Nouméa and browse chic boutiques for a perfect honeymoon memento.

In the mainly untouched northern provinces meet some of the most traditional communities in New Caledonia – the indigenous Kanaks. Tour a local Kanak village where ancient customs are still practiced, share in a tribal bougna (feast) and listen to the stories and legends of the Kanak world for an amazing honeymoon experience.

Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

Named for the majestic 60m-tall araucaria pines that blanket the island’s interior, the enchanting Isle of Pines is known locally as the ‘Jewel of the Pacific’ – a long-time favourite of honeymoon couples. At roughly 18km-long and 14km-wide, the island is easy to explore on foot, bicycle, 4WD or boat.

Pick a secluded spot to sunbathe on a choice of powder-white beaches edged with soaring pines and facing crystalline lagoons ideal for swimming and snorkelling – just perfect for a quiet honeymoon picnic. The Isle of Pines is a 20-minute flight or 2.5 hour high-speed catamaran trip from Nouméa on the main island of New Caledonia.

Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

This string of pristine coral atolls, untouched by commercial tourism, is renowned for secluded beaches, rugged coasts and stunning lagoons making it an idyllic honeymoon retreat. The islands of Lifou and Maré are covered in dense forest pitted with caves and grottoes surrounded by coastlines indented with rugged cliffs and unspoiled beaches.

Ouvéa Island ranks as one of the most beautiful atolls in New Caledonia and the Pacific, defined by a 25km-long stretch of unbroken white-sand beach that shelves into a vivid turquoise lagoon fringed by a necklace of distant coral atolls. The New Caledonia islands of Lifou, Maré and Ouvéa are just a half-hours flight from Nouméa.

Where to stay

Honeymoon couples can choose from authentic Melanesian country gîte (thatched beach bungalow) to 5-star resorts featuring over-water bungalows and a range of creature comforts dedicated to spoil newlyweds.

Le Meridien NoumeaLe Meridien Noumea
Location: Pointe Magnin Noumea
Rating: 5-star
Prices: from AUD273 per room
Description: Overlooking the sparkling waters of Anse Vata Bay, Le Méridien Nouméa boasts an outdoor pool and a tennis court. Just 1 km from Palm Beach Shopping Centre, it offers rooms with free WiFi and a private balcony offering lovely ocean or garden views. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms have a minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. Each room includes a bathroom with a bathtub, a hairdryer and free Le Méridien toiletries. You can work out in the fitness centre, visit the sauna and steam room or relax in the outdoor hot tub. Massage a beauty treatment services are also provided. The property offers free canoeing, windsurfing and snorkelling equipment. Guests can head over to Le Shogun to sample Japanese dishes, or enjoy a relaxed lunch at the beachfront Le Fare Restaurant. Nouméa Le Méridien is 100 m from Grand Casino De Noumea, and 200 m from Promenade Pierre Vernier. It is a 10-minute drive from central Noumea and a 45-minute drive from Tontouta International Airport. Facilities incl.: Restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, 24-hour room service, health club, massage centre, laundry service and various water sports.

Château Royal Resort & Spa, NoumeaChâteau Royal Resort & Spa, Noumea
Location: Noumea
Rating: 4-star
Prices: from AUD244 per room
Description: Located opposite Anse Vata Beach, Chateau Royal Beach Resort & Spa boasts a day spa, a tennis court, 3 restaurants and a fitness centre. It offers luxurious suites with 250MB of free WiFi, per day, per room and a private balcony with lagoon, mountain or garden views. The air-conditioned suites have a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with a rainfall showerhead and free toiletries. Each suite has a seating area with an LCD TV. You can work out in the fitness centre, or enjoy a swim in the pool overlooking the lagoon. The hotel also offers a hair salon, a 24-hour front desk and a gift shop. The buffet breakfast includes a selection of pastries, bread, bacon, eggs, sausages, fruits and juices. Offering stunning lagoon views, Le Taom Restaurant offers both local and international cuisine. Le Warai Bar is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail after a day of sightseeing. Chateau Royal Beach Resort is located next to the Meridien Casino, and 3 km from Noumea Harbour. The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre is a 10-minute drive, and La Tontouta International Airport is a 45-minute drive away.

Le Meridien Ile des PinsLe Meridien Ile des Pins
Location: Oro Bay, Ile des Pins
Rating: 5-star
Prices: from AUD476 per room
Description: Set alongside the beautiful lagoon of Oro Bay, Le Méridien Ile des Pins Resort offers direct beach access, a swimming pool and a day spa. All accommodation offer a private patio or balcony. Located in Ile des Pins, this resort is a 25-minute flight from Noumea, followed by a 10-minute drive from Île des Pins Airport. Built using local wood and stone, the bungalows feature a private patio offering views over Oro Bay or the tropical gardens. The hotel rooms are located in the grand guestroom pavilion and feature a private balcony. Guests enjoy 24-hour room service, water sports facilities and free use of kayaks and snorkelling equipment. The resort offers multilingual staff able to assist with a variety of international guests. La Pirogue Restaurant serves French and Melanesian dishes using fresh seafood and handpicked herbs. You are welcome to enjoy a free drink at La Boussole Lounge Bar upon arrival. Le Méridien Ile des Pins is 1 km from the natural swimming pool. It is 15 km from Kuto Bay, Upi Bay and Kanumera Bay.

Oure Tera Beach ResortOure Tera Beach Resort
Location: Isle of Pines
Rating: 4-star
Prices: from AUD573 per room
Description: Offering an outdoor pool, 2 restaurants, 1 bar and private beach access, Oure Tera Beach Resort is located near Vao in Kanumera Bay. All air-conditioned accommodation features a balcony and satellite TV. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi in public areas.The bungalows and private rooms offer garden views, a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. Each has a bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Some accommodation is situated on the beachfront. Kanumera Restaurant offers dinners featuring fresh seafood, such as the famous Isle of Pines lobster. Le Banian Bar & Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, serving an a la carte menu with French cuisine. Guests have free use of kayaks and snorkeling gear. The tour desk books diving trips, visits to the natural swimming pool, island lunch tours and outrigger cruises. Activities such as stand-up paddle boarding, board games and French bowls is available. Located on New Caledonia's tropical Isle of Pines, Oure Tera Resort is 10 minutes' walk from Kuto Bay. It is 15 minutes' drive from Île des Pins Airport (Isle of Pines Airport).

Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa
Location: Bourail
Rating: 5-star
Prices: from AUD286 per room
Description: Boasting an idyllic beachfront location, Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa offers an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. All rooms are air-conditioned and offer a flat-screen TV. It features a terrace and garden views. All rooms also include tea and coffee making facilities. The private bathrooms offer a bathtub, free toiletries and a bathrobe with slippers. A buffet and an à la carte restaurant are available on-site, as well as a bar. Guests enjoy free WiFi, and free bike hire. Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa also features a tour desk and a kids club. It offers water sport facilities, snorkeling and canoeing. Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort is a 7-minute drive from both Poé Airport and Poé Beach.

L'Escapade Ilot MaitreL'Escapade îlot Maître
Location: Ilot Maitre
Rating: 4-star
Prices: from AUD267 per room
Description: Floating on a turquoise lagoon, L'escapade Îlot Maître offers luxurious accommodation with stunning garden and sea views. It offers beach access and an outdoor pool with a poolside restaurant. All bungalows feature balconies and are equipped with air conditioning. Each has a seating area and a bathroom including bathrobes and hairdryers. For the active visitors, there is a water sports centre and a tour desk. The restaurant serves local cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A swimming pool is also offered. L'escapade Îlot Maître is located 30 minutes' from Noumea. Access to the island is by the hotel’s boat, with helicopter transfers available on request. Facilities incl.: Restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, swim-up bar, 24-hour room service, massage and treatment rooms, internet access, laundry service and various water sports.

Hotel Oasis de KiamuHotel Oasis de Kiamu
Location: Lifou Island
Rating: 4-star
Prices: from AUD199 per room
Description: This small resort nestles beneath coconut palms in front of a gorgeous white-sand beach with excellent swimming and snorkelling on the nearby reef. The guests rooms are comfortable and you can expect very friendly service. Offering an outdoor pool, year-round outdoor pool and sun terrace, Hotel Oasis de Kiamu is situated on Lifou Island. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. All rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Each room includes a private bathroom. There is a shared lounge at the property. This hotel has a private beach area and bike hire is available. A selection of activities are offered in the area, such as snorkeling and hiking. Facilities incl.: Restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, laundry facilities and water sports.

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Best time to visit New Caledonia

With a sunny, year round subtropical climate, New Caledonia is perfect for a honeymoon at any time, (although, it can rain year round, with the heaviest rainfalls from February to April). September to March averages 26°C; April to August averages 21°C.

April to August is the best for trekking, while April to November is the best time to charter a yacht, with southeasterly trade winds of 15-20 knots giving good sailing conditions; the tidal range in New Caledonia is only half a metre and currents are negligible.

Getting there

New Caledonia is the third largest island in the South Pacific after Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.

Fly direct from Sydney or Brisbane to Noumea’s Tontouta International Airport on Air Caledonie or Qantas Airways; and via Auckland on Air New Zealand.

Latest update about this honeymoon destination: 14 February, 2017


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