New Caledonia is a really unique country in the Pacific ocean. It’s French culture and history marks it as extremely unique when compared to other Pacific Islands. It is also one of the most developed, and therefore, expensive, of the Pacific Islands.
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Getting to New Caledonia
New Caledonia is one of the more well connected Pacific Islands. It is a major stop on the Pacific cruising circuit and it’s international airport services many other destinations. It is easy to get to New Caledonia from Australia and New Zealand, as well as from Europe. In fact, New Caledonia is a popular island destination for people from France.
Where to stay
If you are planning to be based in the capitol of Noumea, you will find plenty of options. Be aware that accommodation can be pretty pricey in New Caledonia, so the more affordable options book up quickly. Book ahead if you can. There is one youth hostel that we know of, and it can book up several weeks in advance.
What to do in New Caledonia
There is plenty to keep you busy in New Caledonia. If you want to visit the highlights of the main land and Ils de Pins, you will need at least one week. If you have longer, you can spend more time exploring the mainland, or even catching a domestic flight to one of The Loyalty Islands. Our itinerary post, One week in New Caledonia, will help you with some planning and itinerary ideas.
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Things to know before you go
New Caledonia wasn’t always an easy travel destination, especially if you want to travel on a budget. But budget travel is possible. Some things you need to know before you go are covered in our post Things I wish I knew about New Caledonia. We really recommend reading through this post before booking your trip.
The language barrier can sometimes be a challenge. If you can, brush up on some simple phrases in French, and perhaps bring a phrase book with you. In Noumea, most people in the tourism industry speak basic English, but as soon as you leave the capitol, you may have trouble finding someone who speaks your language.
The main thing to know before you go is that the budget accommodation and car hire options do book up quickly, so as soon as you know you will be travelling to New Caledonia, start looking into your options and book ahead if you can.
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