New Caledonia cost of living
As a result of New Caledonia’s geographic isolation and small population (300,000 inhabitants), a major percentage of consumer goods are imported. Although you may think that New Caledonia’s cost of living would skyrocket as a result, a thriving local industrial and agricultural sector ensures a supply of reasonably priced local goods and produce.
New Caledonia’s constant warm sunny weather makes it attractive to visitors all year round, meaning that there are no seasonal highs and lows, and prices remain stable whatever period you choose for your stay.
As is often the case, the cost of living in the capital city is a little higher than in the rest of the country. Accommodation and restaurant prices are on average higher in Nouméa than in the bush, and visitors holidaying in the New Caledonian bush also have a wider choice of accommodation options, including campsites and tribal homestays.
Goods at attractive prices...
Fuel, some types of meat (including beef) and fish and shellfish are cheaper than they are in most major cities. The same is true of locally grown fruit and vegetables and food products imported from Asia.
Generally speaking, consumer price inflation has remained very moderate over recent years at around +0.5/1% per year on average.
Finally, tipping is almost non-existent in New Caledonia. Prices shown are inclusive of General Service Tax (TSS at 5%), apart from a few very rare exceptions.
Here are some examples of average prices in Nouméa:
French baguette: 120 XPF/€1
Coffee: 350 XPF/€2.95
1.5 litre bottle of mineral water: 100 XPF/€0.80
Bus ticket: 190 XPF/€1.60
Ham sandwich: from 400 XPF/€3.35
Local newspaper: 180 XPF/€1.5
A main course in a restaurant: from 1,000 XPF to 3,500 XPF (€9 to €32) depending on the type of restaurant.