Before your trip
You’ve decided on a trip to New Caledonia and you’re looking forward to a dream stay. A bit of advance planning will get you off to a great start! A few basic tips before you set off, suitcase in hand...
- Check out the health & safety advice
- Check out some recommended reading
- Check out the everyday cost of living
- Learn about New Caledonian climate
- Check out the useful contacts liste
To start with, make sure you won’t encounter any problems in terms of Entry requirements. These vary depending on your nationality and how long you’re intending to stay.
New Caledonia is a very safe tourist destination but, like anywhere else, it’s advisable to take a few basic precautions. Check out the Health & Safety section for advice on health and safety precautions in New Caledonia.
If, once you’ve arrived here, you decide to visit Noumea, the Main Island and some of the Loyalty Islands or the Isle of Pines, there is plenty of advice and information available online to help you plan your trip. You’ll find various useful sections on this website. You can also contact the Tourism Offices or check out Some recommended reading for helpful advice on where to go and what to do.
In practical terms, don’t forget that New Caledonia, although currently a French Territory, has its own currency, the Pacific Franc (also used in Tahiti and abbreviated to the currency code CFP or XPF). You’ll find all the information you need in the Local currency & exchanging currency menu, and you can also check out the Everyday cost of living section for an idea of typical local prices. We can’t deny that New Caledonia is not the cheapest destination in the world… but it’s definitely one of the most beautiful!
For visitors from Europe, Japan and other colder climes, New Caledonia brings the promise of fine weather, sunshine and tropical warmth. And it is certainly true that New Caledonia enjoys a climate on average a good deal warmer and sunnier than the north of Europe, to take an example, as you’ll see if you click on the New Caledonian climate tab.
However, New Caledonia does have real seasons, unlike tropical countries closer to the equator.
If your stay falls in the hot season or mid-season (approximately October to May), you’ll only need to pack light summer clothing... but don’t forget that it can sometimes rain quite heavily at this time of year.
The climate from June to September remains mild and warm but the nights can be very chilly, so it’s a good idea to pack trousers, light sweaters, cardigans, etc.
And whether you’re coming in the hot or cool season, don’t forget to bring plenty of sunscreen with a protection factor suited to our climate!
Another bit of practical information: the mains electricity supply in New Caledonia is 220 V (the same as in Europe). If you’re travelling from Australia, New Zealand, etc., make sure you pack universal adapters.
We recommend that you copy the Useful contacts listed on this site onto your mobile, tablet or laptop to help you deal with any emergency situations.
We wish you a pleasant journey and look forward to welcoming you to New Caledonia in the near future!