Pristine beaches surrounded by waters that showcase every shade of blue and green imaginable, a laid back tropical island atmosphere, and some of the best cuisine outside of France. It's little wonder that New Caledonia is rapidly becoming the 'it-place' for Australian couples looking for a tropical location to enjoy a honeymoon or a romantic getaway close to home with a touch of French style and pizzazz.
Australia's closest South Pacific neighbour, New Caledonia is a nature-lover's paradise and is home to one of the world's largest nature reserves. Le Parc Naturel de la Mer de Corail, or ‘the Natural Park of the Coral Sea’ is the second largest nature preserve on Earth and is almost as big as Queensland!
Beach lovers also have plenty of stretches of pristine sand and crystal clear water to call their own. Anse Vata is Nouméa’s most popular beach – a long crescent of powder-white sand, lined with beachfront cafés, restaurants, and nightclubs. Or for a truly memorable stay, go on a day trip to the stunning Ilot Maitre Island. Just a 25-minute boat ride from Noumea, it's the perfect place to dive and snorkel and is blessed with postcard-ready views.
A short flight from Noumea's domestic airport is the inimitably gorgeous I`le Des Pins. Frequently lauded as one of the worlds’ most beautiful islands, this tiny, 17km x 14 km island, just off New Caledonia’s Grande Terre, certainly packs the picturesque punch.
Gourmands will, of course, love the French influence when it comes to New Caledonia's atmosphere and food – there are over 150 restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets. Take it as your chance to sample the island's large variety of multicultural cuisine as well as the local delicacy 'bougna'. Delicious seafood is a staple of New Caledonian cuisine, with fresh salads featuring crab, lobster, fish and oysters common in most restaurants. Wine-loving couples, however, are sure to rave over Anse Vata's Le Bilboquet Plage. Recognised for its impressive wine list, the wine bar is the perfect example of New Caledonia's fusion of cultures.
As well as being internationally recognised as one of the most beautiful places in the world, New Caledonia is also filled with plenty of things to do. With activities and experiences to suit every kind of couple – from those looking for relaxation and spa treatments, to the more intrepid couple looking for outdoor adventures – the island region lends itself to unforgettable holidays.
Where to stay
Whether you're looking for a honeymoon, long weekend or just time away with the one you love, fantastic accommodation options are available in a number of different locations throughout the country. New Caledonia Travel Connection can help you find the perfect location for your style, budget, and location preferences. View their packages here or contact them directly on for a holiday tailor-made to you both.