Things to Do in New Caledonia

by admin on August 21, 2014

New Caledonia is the closest island to Australia. It is a French territory with a unique vibrant flavor and abundant in natural wonders. The six islands are extremely unpopulated and have vast areas of wilderness. It boasts hundreds of kilometers of trails, numerous campgrounds, and 42 parks and reserves many with crystal clear rivers and sparkling waterfalls.

Visit The Second Largest Barrier Reef In The World

Aerial view, New Caledonia Barrier Reef (a UNESCO World Heritage site), near Noumea, New CaledoniaGrand Terree, the mountainous central island is surrounded by the second largest barrier reef in the world. Inside that barrier reef is a 24,000 square kilometer lagoon, with such diverse plant, animal, and aquatic life that it has been declared a world heritage site.

Look Through Glass Bottomed Boats At World Heritage Site Marine Life

Do not miss taking a water taxi to Canard island just a short ways offshore from the beach at Anse Vata. Take a glass-bottomed boat and get acquainted with some of the most unique marine life in the world. Once there you can snorkel, scuba, surf, swim, or sit in a beachside lounge chair and enjoy lunch and a drink.

If you tire of the outdoors take a short journey to the Noumea Cathedral, which dominates the high ground at the center of the city of Noumea. The twenty-eight stained glass windows set in the sides of the latin cross architecture surround a statue of Joan Of Arc. Many other statues of saints adorn the inside and set off the large nickel chandelier made from the first production of the local nickel mine.

Visit One Of The Tallest Light Houses In The World

Lighthouse at Amédée Island in New Caledonia4The Amedee lighthouse on nearby Amedee Island is one of the tallest lighthouses in the world. It’s entire 387,953 kilogram metal structure was constructed in Paris as a demonstration and then disassembled and transported to New Caledonia where it was reassembled. It lights up the passage of Boulari, one of the three passages through the reef that surrounds New Caledonia.

Whatever you choose to do you are sure to enjoy this paradise far from the center of civilization.

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