New Caledonia Journals

Little French Paradise

A February 2004 trip to New Caledonia by Sum

Quote: Beautiful Pacific island with French flavour. A bit more expensive than its neighbours Fiji or Cook Islands. A busy port on the cruise scene with P and O.

Little French Paradise


The town centre of Noumea is compact. Markets are interesting.

Quick Tips:

Electicity is 220 Volts.

Driving is on the right side of the road like the USA, and the cars are lefthand drive.

Best Way To Get Around:

Airport is about one hour's drive away. When you book your holidays - please remember to book an airport transfer. Excellant bus service. They have an all-day ticket for tourists for unlimited rides.

Novotel Surf


We stayed in the Sea View rooms. The hotel is located on a beautiful stretch of beach (Anste Vata). The only downside is that you have to cross the main road to get to the beach.

There are motorised and non-motorised water activities on the beach.

Good restaurants and the pool kept us busy!

There is a casino on site.

Staff were very good and spoke good English.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 5, 2004

Novotel Surf
Rocher à la Voile
Noumea, New Caledonia 98847
+687 286688

Fabulous - white sandy beaches. We stayed in the deluxe rooms. Rooms were spacious, five-star standard with air-conditioning and had CD players. They also offered 24-hour room service.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 5, 2004

Le Meridien Ile Des Pins
Baie d'Oro
Ile des Pins, New Caledonia 98832
+687 461515

Anse Vata Beach


There are good beaches at Anse Vata, Pointe Magnin and Baie des Citrons. Tan yourself, relax with a good book, try windsurfing or kayaking, go snorkeling, hire a pedalboat.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 5, 2004

Isle of Pines


Magical... a short flight from Noumea domestic airport - Magenta. The view from the air is breathtaking.

The beaches are white sandy. Oro Bay is excellent for kayaking, pedal boats and windsurfing.

Other activities include nature walks, cycling tours, fishing and 4WD tours.

Most resorts are able to organise day trips to neighbouring islands and a picnic!!