Isle of Pines, New Caledonia Isle of Pines, New Caledonia – Image courtesy of New Caledonia Tourism

Best time to visit New Caledonia

The best time to visit New Caledonia is from September to December, when the days are warm and sunny with little or no rain. But overall – with sunny year-round subtropical weather – New Caledonia is good to visit at anytime of the year.

New Caledonia Weather

New Caledonia has two main seasons: the cool winter season from June to August and the hot summer season from November to March; as well as two short transitional seasons.

The summer season includes the hot, wet cyclone season from January through March, which usually brings torrential downpours at any time of the day, but especially during the hottest months of February and March.

You can expect some rainfall at anytime of the year in New Caledonia.

Best time for activities

The cooler months between April and August are best for hiking, climbing, cycling and horseback riding; May to September is best for surfing; and October to January is best for swimming, snorkelling, diving and sunbathing.

April to November offers the best time for sailing, with southeasterly trade winds providing a regular 15-20 knots of wind daily. The tidal range in New Caledonia is only half a metre and currents are negligible.

New Caledonia – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 26 26 26 24 23 21 20 20 21 23 24 25
Ave High Temp (°C) 29 29 29 27 25 24 23 23 24 26 27 29
Ave Low Temp (°C) 23 23 23 23 22 20 18 17 17 18 21 22
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 7 7 6 7 6 5 6 7 7 8 8 8
Daylight (Hrs daily) 13 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 13
Comfort Level Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately warm icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Moderately warm icon Moderately warm icon
Ave Humidity (%) 80 80 85 80 80 80 75 75 75 75 75 75
UV Index 11 11 11 9 7 5 6 7 9 11 11 11
Days with some Rain 10 9 12 10 10 10 9 8 7 4 5 7
Ave Rainfall (mm) 115 124 150 105 85 115 70 65 40 50 60 80
Sea Temp (°C) 26 27 26 26 25 23 23 22 22 23 24 25
(Noumea, New Caledonia) J F M A M J J A S O N D

New Caledonia – Monthly Review

January February March April
May June July August
September October November December

Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from Météo France en Nouvelle-Calédonie.



Latest update: Best time to visit New Caledonia: 18 November, 2018


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