15 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

15 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Caledonia route planner

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Noumea, Grand Terre
— 6 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Ile Des Pins
— 2 nights
Fly to Magenta, Drive to Bourail
Bourail, Grand Terre
— 2 nights
Drive to La Tontouta International Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport


Noumea, Grand Terre

— 6 nights
Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Aquanature and La Belle Verte Canopy Tours. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Amedee Lighthouse, learn about all things military at Le Musee Maritime de Nouvelle-Caledonie, examine the collection at Musee de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Noumea journey maker tool.

San Francisco, USA to Noumea is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to New Caledonia Standard Time is 19 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mare.

Things to do in Noumea

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:


— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): stroll through Yejele Beach and then step off the mainland to explore Mare Island.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mare holiday app.

Fly from Noumea to Mare in 2 hours. January in Mare sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lifou.

Things to do in Mare

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 20:
Highlights from your trip


— 2 nights
On the 21st (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Baie de Jinek, head off the coast to Lifou Island, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame de Lourdes, and finally stroll through Easo Beach. On your second day here, stroll through Luecille Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Luengoni, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lue Jajinyi Cave, and finally stroll through Les Joyaux de Luengoni.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lifou trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mare to Lifou takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ile Des Pins.

Things to do in Lifou

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

Ile Des Pins

— 2 nights

L'ile la plus proche du paradis (the island closest to paradise)

Just a little way off the southern end of Grand Terre, Île des Pins (the Isle of Pines) gets its name from the tall columnar pines that stick out of the surrounding vegetation like bristles on a brush.
On the 23rd (Sat), head off the coast to Isle of Pines, make a trip to Upi Bay, then explore the activities along Kanumera Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuto Bay, and finally take in the awesome beauty at N'Ga Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Kunie Scuba Center, then head off the coast to Brush Island, then kick back and relax at Piscine Naturelle, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Oro Bay.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ile Des Pins day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Lifou to Ile Des Pins takes 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Ile Des Pins can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bourail.

Things to do in Ile Des Pins

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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Bourail, Grand Terre

— 2 nights
Bourail is a commune in the South Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean.GeographyBourail a rural town of Grande Terre . On the 25th (Mon), trek along Sentier de la petite cascade, then delve into the lush surroundings at Parc des Grandes Fougeres, then admire the landmark architecture of Eglise de Bourail, and finally kick back and relax at Grand Terre: Poe Beach and Roche Percee. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Fort Teremba, then stroll through Sentier des Trois Baies, and then get a new perspective on things with Bateau a Fond de Verre Poe.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bourail online holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Ile Des Pins to Bourail in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Ile Des Pins, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bourail, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bourail

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:

New Caledonia travel guide

Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
An archipelago consisting of the sizable Grande Terre as well as a scattering of smaller surrounding islands, New Caledonia has many of the tourist draws characteristic of the South Pacific: long sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, azure lagoons, and coral reefs. It also supports many unique species of plants and animals, such as the tall conifers that tower above the palm trees lining the waterside. Nature lovers on holiday in New Caledonia should head to the lagoon that surrounds Grande Terre: a World Heritage Site and one of the largest lagoons in the world, it is home to countless species of marine life, including endangered dugongs and green sea turtles. The local culture blends French chic and Melanesian warmth, and it is usually a only short walk from the beach to a stylish bar, cafe, or gourmet restaurant.