22 useful travel tips

Tips to get the best out of your trip to New Caledonia.

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

1. Prepare for your trip ! Visit www.newcaledonia.travel before you travel and then the Tourism Office once you arrive in Noumea (Tel :  +681 05 75 80 – free call) for personalised advice on what to see and do.

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

2. Don’t forget to organise your money. Purchase Pacific Francs before you depart home, or when you arrive in Noumea at the airport or a bank. 

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

3. Enjoy Nouméa’s shopping ! Start in the Town Centre, then venture out to the Port Plaisance Mall, Anse Vata Bay and Lemon Bay.

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

4. Remember to request permission before taking photographs of others, especially in tribal areas.

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

5. Always respect the instructions of any sites or locations you’re visiting – New Caledonia is home to an ancestral culture and sacred sites.

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

6. Discover the local specialties. New Caledonia’s cuisine is influenced by French, Pacific and Asian cooking and flavours.

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

7. Do not take your own drinks to restaurants (no BYO) and no need to overload your plate. There is enough food for everyone.

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

8. Make the most of New Caledonia’s capital, Nouméa : relax on the beaches and islands by day and enjoy the bars and nightclubs in the evening.

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

9. Don’t forget to protect yourself in the sun. Wearing a hat and sunscreen when outdoors is advised.

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

10. Take a road trip to discover the diversity of New Caledonia’s main island, its peoples and landscapes. But don’t forget, New Caledonians drive on the right-hand side of the road !

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

11. For a true New-Caledonian experience, try a homestay in a Kanak tribe or in a bushman’s ranch to meet the locals and discover local customs.

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

12. Don’t forget those around you ; do not stray from market paths and don’t jump queues.

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

13. If visiting tribal areas, first request permission to enter the land by offering a token gift to the tribe’s Chief (Kanak custom).

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

14. Please consider others and dress respectfully.

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

15. Use mosquito spray to protect yourself against any mosquito-borne diseases.

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

16. Respect New Caledonia’s natural environment. Do not damage or collect protected species such as coral, shells, plants and more.

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

17. Help us keep New Caledonia clean ; please do not litter.

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

18. Experience the best of the island’s wildlife with a guide, but please do not disturb it.

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

19. Enjoy Nouméa, but don’t forget about the beautiful Isle of Pines and the Loyalty Islands ; they’re perfect places to stopover in the middle of your stay. Be sure to take cash with you for any expenses outside the hotels.

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

20. Know your limits, stay safe, and look after your little ones at all times.

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

21. The sale of alcohol is strictly controlled, and is only for sale on certain days / times.

 

 

 

 

tips to stay in New Caledonia

 

 

22. Share your trip with hashtag #newcaledonia and follow the destination on social networks (Facebook : @newcaledoniatourism / Instagram : @newcaledoniatourism).

 

 

 

 

Pay attention, the non-compliance with environmental standards is liable to heavy fines.