5 Best Beaches in New Caledonia

When you first think of New Caledonia, it’s likely that picture-perfect South Pacific beaches come to mind, and for good reason too - the archipelago is home to an abundance of beautiful coastal locales. If you’re planning your next island escape, be sure to check out some of the best beaches in New Caledonia. From snow white sands to sparkling turquoise waters, their spectacular beauty is sure to amaze.

Yédjélé Beach

Maré Loyalty Islands, beach

Where is Yédjélé Beach?

Yédjélé Beach is situated on the southwest coast of Maré, just over 10 km from Tadine, the island’s administrative centre.

How do you get to Yédjélé Beach?

Bus transfers to and from Yédjélé Beach are available, making it easy to reach the coastal locale. The trip takes around 20 minutes each way and costs around $20 per person for the return journey.

What sets Yédjélé Beach apart?

Bordered by pure white sands, it's Yédjélé Beach’s warm turquoise waters and picturesque scenery that has helped it to earn a place amongst the archipelago’s best beaches. Nicknamed the ‘Turquoise Beach' for clear reasons, this little slice of South Pacific paradise is bordered by palm trees and pines, offering the perfect setting for a day by the water. Hire a kayak or a stand up paddleboard and spend the day exploring out on the water, or rent a sun chair and take some time out to laze beneath the warm Pacific sun. Gentle waves make the beach great for visitors of all ages, while the colourful marine life that calls the coast home ensures that snorkelling is an unmissable experience. The beach tends to get busier with the arrival of cruise ship passengers, but is still beautiful at any time. Grab a fresh coconut from a local stallholder and soak up the charm of this corner of the archipelago.

Kuto Beach

Kuto Isle of Pines, beach

Where is Kuto Beach?

Kuto Beach can be found on the Isle of Pines. Located on the island’s west coast, the beach faces out towards the wide open ocean.

How do you get to Kuto Beach?

Ferry services from Nouméa to Kuto Beach operate several times each week. The journey takes around 2½ hours each way with fares coming in at about $AUD80 one way. Visit for the day or take advantage of the variety of accommodation found close to Kuto Beach for a longer stay.

What sets Kuto Beach apart?

Lined with stunning white sands and the island’s signature pines, Kuto Beach is one of the best beaches in New Caledonia. Calm clear waters lap against the pure white sands, creating an ideal backdrop for a fun day out at the beach for the whole family, while the soft white sands and lack of sharp coral helps to make swimming and exploring easier. Spend the day paddling and snorkelling, or set out on a walk along the beach’s long sandy stretches to admire the picturesque coastal destination in all its glory. While there are plenty of ways to enjoy the beach, the restaurants that line Kuto Bay offer the perfect way to top off a fabulous day by the water. Try out the Isle of Pines’ signature snails or tuck into a selection of delectable seafood dishes. Choose to visit for a day or take your time discovering more of what the Isle of Pines has to offer.

Amedee Island

Amedee Island, Noumea

Where is Amedee Island?

Amedee Island is located around 18 km south of Nouméa, New Caledonia’s capital.

How do you get to Amedee Island?

Ferries travel from Nouméa to Amedee Island five times a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday). All trips include the return journey to Nouméa as tourists are not permitted to stay on the island overnight. The journey takes only 30 to 40 minutes each way.

What sets Amedee Island apart?

A small coral atoll situated in the heart of the South Pacific, Amedee Island is bordered by beautiful white sands and crystal clear waters. The waters around the island have been declared a marine reserve and are home to a wide array of marine flora and fauna, from colourful fish to sea turtles, providing plenty of opportunities to slip on a snorkel and explore the hidden world found below the surface. If snorkelling isn’t your thing, try your hand at stand up paddleboarding or one of the other great water-based activities on offer. During a day trip to Amedee Island there are plenty of other things to see and do beyond the beach too, from sending a postcard from the world’s smallest post office (the Amedee Lighthouse Post Office) to browsing through the wares stocked within the island’s boutique and visiting the famed Amedee Lighthouse. Get active or simply take some time out to relax and unwind.

Luengoni Beach

Lifou Loyalty Islands

Where is Luengoni Beach?

Luengoni Beach is positioned on Lifou’s east coast, facing out towards Luengoni Bay.

How do you get to Luengoni Beach?

If you’re wanting to explore at your own pace, you may hire a car and drive from your accommodation to Luengoni Beach, or if you are visiting with a cruise ship, bus tours are available from the cruise port.

What sets Luengoni Beach apart?

Setting foot on Luengoni Beach’s fine white sands, it’s the bay’s vibrant azure waters that are sure to be one of the first things you’ll notice. Richly coloured, yet still incredibly clear, it’s possible that you’ll be able to see the bottom of the bay without the need for any equipment. The bay is quite sheltered and home to a population of turtles, reef fish and other marine species, which, when combined with the clarity of its waters, makes it a great place to enjoy a spot of snorkelling. Swim out to the freestanding boulders scattered throughout the bay or take the time to head out on a guided tour of the nearby grottoes, caves and sinkholes to see more of what makes the area so incredibly breathtaking.

Fayaoué Beach

Ouvea Loyalty Islands

Where is Fayaoué Beach?

Fayaoué Beach lines the west coast of Ouvéa, the northernmost of the Loyalty Islands.

How do you get to Fayaoué Beach?

Ouvéa is just a short flight from Nouméa, with car hire available on the island. Lining the majority of the island’s west coast, no matter where you find yourself on the island, you’re likely to be just a short drive from a section of the beach.

What sets Fayaoué Beach apart?

Facing New Caledonia’s famed lagoon, Fayaoué Beach is a 25 km coastal stretch that runs from Mouli in the south to St Joseph in the north. Lined with white powdery sands, it’s not only the beach’s beauty that makes it a worthy addition to any holiday itinerary, but the grand scale of Fayaoué Beach, which is considered to be the longest in New Caledonia, is simply awe-inspiring in its own right. Relatively untouched by the modern world, it’s easy to find a section of the beach to sit, relax and soaking up the serenity of the South Pacific on your own. Take a stroll along the beach and embrace the solitude, or take to the water for a spot of swimming or snorkelling.

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