Gay travel in New Caledonia

New Caledonia welcomes members of the LGBTQI+ community. Experience an exciting nightlife scene, excellent dining, LGBTQI+ specific events and so much more! As with 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 essentials

  • 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, it’s best to keep in mind that modesty is a key feature of local culture and traditions. It’s advisable not to overdo public displays of affection, particularly in local villages or the 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.


Nouméa, 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 LGBTQI+ establishments and an exciting dining and nightlife scene.

Beyond Nouméa

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


Nouméa boasts a number of pubs, bars and nightclubs popular with members of the LGBTQI+ 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 gay travel tips and insider information always makes for a great travel experience. If you’d like more information, check out the following local gay travel sites:

Rainbow Tourism New Caledonia

Diversités NC

Getting Married in New Caledonia

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 our wedding and honeymoon page.


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. Learn more about dining, gastronomy and wine.


No holiday is complete without a little shopping, and New Caledonia’s capital, Nouméa, offers a shopping scene that is both modern and eclectic, including a mix of small boutique shops and much-loved international brands. From precious jewellery and chic fashion to interior decoration, shopping in Nouméa has it all!

Gay-friendly Accommodation

New Caledonia offers a tropical holiday with a French twist. Its capital, Nouméa, 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, making it the perfect holiday spot for just about anyone.