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7 Days Plan: Things to do in New Caledonia Itinerary

Day 1: Noumea – Ouen Island

Day 2: Ouen island – The Island of Pines

Day 3: The Island of Pines – Lifou

Day 4: Lofou – Ouvea

Day 5: Ouvea – Hienghene

Day 6: Hienghene – Houailou

Day 7: Houailou – Noumea

New Caledonia claims the largest isolated coral reefs in the world and is home to a wide variety of endemic tropical fauna. Adding to its charm, the Melanesian culture influenced by France is unique. A trip to New Caledonia is a worthy experience that will add to the highlights of your South Pacific adventure. Its islands are home to several modern marinas with capacity for large and small boats alike. Good facilities are available in Wé (Lifou), Hienghène, Koumac, and Nouméa.

Day 1: Noumea – Ouen Island

A genuine melting pot of cultures, French, Pacific, Kanak, Asian and Melanesian, Nouméa is a city, unlike others. Numerous marinas here boast modern facilities, conveniently located near restaurants and the entertainment district.

If the nightlife is what you`re looking for, Nouméa is the place to be. Festivals run into the early morning hours and spill into the streets with dining and dancing. In addition, the Tjibaou Culture Centre is a must-see. Kanak culture is well represented at the Centre, which was designed by Renzo Piano, a renowned architect.

Day 2: Ouen island – The Island of Pines

After you have seen the wonders of Nouméa, set sail for Ouen Island, which lies to the south. If you enjoy a spectacular view, Ouen Island, with its beautiful landscape and abundant ecology is a must. Excursions off the boat range from canoe to 4×4 tours of the forests, bays and grassy plains engraved out by flowing streams.

Ouen island – The Island of Pines

Between July and October, be sure to keep an eye out for humpback whales, which make the lagoon their home during the winter months. And for a better view, climb to the old jade mine that offers a magnificent vista of the lagoon and “La Grande Terre” (the great land), which lie below.

Day 3: The Island of Pines – Lifou

The famous Isle of Pines is 65 miles from Nouméa with about 30 miles of open ocean leading into Kuto Bay. This bay features spectacular rock formations rising from the water at the beach end and is the most famous tourist picture of New Caledonia. The bay also offers good protection from trade winds.

The Island of Pines – Lifou

Upi Bay is a beautiful place for guests to explore by pirogue (a native sailing boat) while you fuel the yacht. For those who like to take it underwater, a local scuba operator offers some of the best diving experiences in New Caledonia. Very fine white silica sand and truly crystalline waters, enchanting landscape and the warmth of the local inhabitants (the Kuniés) are just some of the attractions that will make your stay an extraordinary one.

Day 4: LIfou – Ouvea

Originally called Drehu, Lifou claims a population of 10,000, making it the largest of the Loyalty Islands. Lifou lies 133 nautical miles from Nouméa and is very picturesque, offering anchorage 16 meters off the beach in Baie de Gaatcha. As a haven of peace displaying great respect for tradition and the environment, time seems to stand still in Lifou – protected bays, fine white beaches, the warm welcome of the local citizens keep visitors coming back.

LIfou – Ouvea

The people of Lifou carry their old-world traditions into the twenty-first century. Included in the long list of must-sees and must-dos is an old church in Easo, Qanono Church Temple, Sandal Bay, the 40-meter Jokin cliffs, the beach at Peng and the Xodré Cliffs, which feature a view of Tiga Island.

Day 5: Ouvea – Hienghene

Ouvéa is a dream destination with its magnificent emerald lagoon and the longest beach of New Caledonia – 25 kilometers of uninterrupted white sand punctuated by unique green parrots. A northerly sea breeze offers ideal sailing conditions if you want to get out on the water.

Houailou – Noumea

For those who desire solid ground, Mouli Bridge and Church of Saint Joseph are sights to see. The bay and cliffs of Lékiny, the Blue Hole of Anawa and Fayawa Island are some of the unforgettable natural wonders that Ouvéa offers.

Day 6: Hienghene – Houailou

If fishing is on your wish list, the Northern Province is the place to cruise. Encompassing the ports of Koumac, Hienghène, and Touho, the area is home to some of the best fishing waters in New Caledonia. If land activities are more your guests’ speed, you still can’t go wrong in Hienghène, with hiking, biking, and horseback riding for all to enjoy. In addition, the port’s waterfalls, coconut plantations, and lush vegetation add to its tropical appeal.

Hienghene – Houailou

Beautiful rock formations such as the magnificent Hen and Sphinx rock formations that rise from the sea, and Mount Panié, the highest point in the region, are areas to explore. While at Hienghène, make sure to stop in and try a “bougna,” made with chicken or fish and vegetables that have been wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in an earth oven.

Day 7: Houailou – Noumea

You will find the center for growing lychee fruit on your way to Houaïlou. Every year in December, the district organizes a lychee festival where the producer’s association displays the most beautiful fruit of its kind, so be sure to stop in and sample some of the delicious fruit.

Houailou – Noumea

At Poindimié, the main town of the East Coast, guests can discover coffee plantations and the splendid Beach of Tiéti. A bit down the coast, Houaïlou is the final stop on this seven-day adventure. It has a small airport that accommodates private jets or connects with the international airport in Nouméa.

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