New Caledonia is an extremely flexible destination. It’s one of those places where you can visit for a weekend, a week, or more, and never run out of things to do. New Caledonia also features quite prominently as a cruising destination, which means many travelers will only have a short stop over in the country. But for those who stay longer, you will not cease to be surprised.
48 Hours in New Caledonia
If you only have a weekend or a long weekend in New Caledonia, don’t worry. There are plenty of things to keep you busy. You can keep yourself busy in Noumea for the whole 48 hours, but instead just pick some of your favourite activities from our guide to 24 hours in Noumea before heading off on a day trip to Ils de Pins. We won’t go in too many details here, as we have written specific guides for 24 hours in these specific destinations already.
One week in New Caledonia
One week is the perfect amount of time to explore some of the best parts of New Caledonia, while also having the time to check out some more unique and lesser known locations.
Day 1: You will arrive into Noumea. Explore this sophisticated Pacific capitol and get your bearings in New Caledonia. Check out one of the many attractions in Noumea – our favourite is the aquarium, before tucking in to some traditional French cuisine at one of the many excellent restaurants in the city.
Day 2: In the morning head to the Noumea market. Grab some fresh food and do some souvenir shopping before catching a taxi boat out to nearby Ile aux Canards with its beautiful sand beach and snorkel trail.
Day 3 and 4: Catch the ferry to the tranquil and beautiful Ils des Pins. Ils de Pins is all about snorkelling, beaches, relaxing and lobster. Check out our Ils de Pins guide for more ideas on how to make your trip a success.
Day 5: Back in Noumea, hop in a rental car and drive out to the other world landscape of Parc Riviere Bleu. This hot, red, dusty landscape with it’s drowned forests and desert like landscapes, you will feel like you are no where new the island paradise of New Caledonia. Check our guide to the park for more inspiration.
Day 6: Back in paradise and in the capitol of Noumea. This is your last day to check out any other attractions that interest you, and gorge on French food and wine, before heading back home.
More time in New Caledonia
If you have more time to spend in New Caledonia, then get ready for all the paradise beaches you can shake a stick at. Hop on a plane and head to one of the other islands groups, like Mare, Lifou or Ouvea.