Gay friendly destination

New Caledonia may be a relatively conservative country, both in terms of tradition and culture, but members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community are widely accepted. Enjoy an exciting nightlife scene, excellent dining, LGBT specific events and like all French Overseas departments and territories, New Caledonia made same-sex marriage legal in 2013, so it’s also the perfect place to say “I do”.

The essential

  • A culture of modesty and tolerance
  • A few gay-friendly venues in Noumea

The Basics

  • A culture of modesty and tolerance

Regardless of your sexuality, keep in mind that modesty is a key feature of local culture and traditions and it is therefore advisable not to overdo public displays of affection, particularly in local villages or outer islands. Like any other destination, showing respect for the culture and customs of the country you are visiting ensures your interactions with the locals are positive and engaging.

  • Noumea

Noumea, the capital city of New Caledonia, is a cosmopolitan city with attractive cultural offerings and a melting pot of locals, expats and travellers from all over the world. As a result of this, the city is extremely liberal and visitors will find a number of LGBT establishments and an exciting dining and nightlife scene.

  • Beyond Noumea

LGBT Travellers will have no qualms setting off to explore the rest of New Caledonia’s mainland and Islands. Travellers will enjoy wide acceptance throughout, provided they respect local customs and culture. Gay friendly accommodation can be found throughout, particularly in the Isle of Pines which is home to a number of international resorts and hotel chains.

Nightlife

Noumea boasts a number of pubs, bars and nightclubs popular with members of the LGBT community, including but not limited to:

For more information on nightlife, visit Nouméa by night.

 

Local organisations and events

Like anywhere, connecting with locals for tips and insider information always makes for a great travel experience. If you’d like more information, check out one of the following websites:

Rainbow Tourism New Caledonia

Homosphere Association

Events

  • Tropout

In May 2017, the Château Royal hotel on the South Pacific Island of Noumea will host Tropout, a week of chilling, partying and exploring for gay travellers. Rich in culture, the destinations ‘Frenchness’ will have you feeling like you’re on the Riviera and with highlights including a private island, floating day club and overwater night club, your Tropout experience won’t disappoint. For more information, visit Tropout festival.

Getting Married

Same-sex marriage was made legal in New Caledonia in 2013, allowing all couples to tie the knot in this picture perfect destination. For more information on getting married in New Caledonia, visit Wedding and honeymoon.

Dining

The mix of spices, tropical flavours and French techniques make New Caledonia’s dining scene one of the best in the South Pacific. Foodies will enjoy delicious pastries and cakes, fresh seafood and beautiful French cuisine, coupled with French wines and champagne. For more information on dining, visit Gastronomy and wine.

Shopping

No holiday is complete without a little shopping and New Caledonia’s capital Noumea, offers a shopping scene that is both modern and eclectic, including small boutique shops and recognised brands. From precious jewellery and chic fashion to interior decoration, Noumea has it all! For more information on shopping, visit Sopping in Nouméa.

Accommodation

New Caledonia is your tropical holiday with a French twist. It’s Capital Noumea, boasts many gay friendly accommodation options from large international resort chains to small boutique hotels. The destination also offers the tropical ambience of a dream Island stay.  To find your accommodation, visit Nouméa.