Love the sea, but don’t have the soul of a sailor? New Caledonia’s water taxi operators offer locals and visitors the opportunity to travel between islets and along beautiful stretches of coastline with ease. Plan your perfect afternoon, an unforgettable day trip or weekend away, and discover what makes the Pacific archipelago so special.
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Nouméa water taxis
Some of New Caledonia’s most diverse islets can be reached with the help of a Nouméa water taxi. The southern lagoon is filled with islets, each more welcoming than the last. Some of them have been classified as natural reserves, and, as such, have special rules enforced to ensure that they are adequately protected from human activity. If you are planning a visit to one of these reserves via a Nouméa water taxi, be sure to follow any relevant restrictions. Ténia Islet and Escapade Island (Ilot Maitre), the home of the only overwater bungalow in New Caledonia, are also enjoyed by those who like board sports, snorkellers and divers.
Top 5 islets to visit by water taxi
- Signal Islet to watch sea birds and hike the pedestrian trail
- Casy Islet for its underwater seascapes and its calm waters
- Tibarama Islet for its dreamlike beauty, and pedestrian and marine trails
- Amédée Island to enjoy some great diving and snorkelling
- Ténia Islet for its wealth of colourful marine life
Whale watching tours
Want to see majestic humpback whales in the wild? Some of New Caledonia’s local water taxi operators, including Coconut Taxi Boat and Lhooq Taxi Boat, offer whale watching day trips from mid-July to mid-September. Migrating from Antarctica to the warmer waters of New Caledonia, these incredible creatures, and the scenery that surrounds them, are nothing short of magnificent. An experience you’ll never forget, a whale watching trip is a great addition to any holiday itinerary.
Water taxis for (kite)surfing
Lovers of board sports will thoroughly enjoy a visit to the Caledonian lagoon, where water taxis can ferry you to all the best surfing spots close to the barrier reef. The Dumbéa Pass is situated about 45 minutes from Nouméa by water taxi, and offers several great surfing spots. Windsurfers and kitesurfers will also love the sea breeze that frequents this spot each morning. The same goes for the famous spot at îlot Maître (Escapade Island), which is open 7 days a week.