8 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

8 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

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8 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h
Noumea, Grand Terre
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
Ile Des Pins
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Sydney

Noumea, Grand Terre

Noumea ©
Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Noumea is known for nature, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale St Joseph de Noumea, head off the coast to Ilot Maitre, and see the interesting displays at Musee de Nouvelle Caledonie.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Noumea day trip planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to Noumea is an approximately 6-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Noumea due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ile Des Pins.

Things to do in Noumea

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Ile aux Canards island ©
Ile aux Canards island
Tjibaou Cultural Center ©
Tjibaou Cultural Center

Ile Des Pins

Ile Des Pins ©
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.
Ile Des Pins is known for beaches, nature, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Piscine Naturelle, step off the mainland to explore Isle of Pines, get outside with Nokanhoui, and stroll through Oro Bay.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ile Des Pins road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Noumea to Ile Des Pins in an hour. In May in Ile Des Pins, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ile Des Pins

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Piscine Naturelle ©
Piscine Naturelle
Kanumera Bay ©
Kanumera Bay
Kuto Bay ©
Kuto Bay