Holidaymakers looking for a fantastic place to stay in the Pacific Ocean should try the lovely island of New Caledonia. Located between the east coast of Australia and Fiji, these delightful islands offer many exciting things for visitors to see and do. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, apartments, cabins and B&Bs.
Being a set of small islands, New Caledonia provides holidaymakers with a good choice of beaches that are ideal for sunbathing. Kuendu Beach is a good spot for families with smaller children as the water is quite shallow. As well as taking a swim in the sea, visitors can also try some of the watersports available here such as snorkelling, surfing, water skiing, wind surfing, sailing and fishing. To enjoy the scenic views along the coast and further inland, visitors can explore the area by hiking, cycling and horse riding. Golf fans will not be disappointed as there is an excellent 18-hole course located on New Caledonia that is just a few minutes from Noumea. There is some tennis courts open to the public nearby to be found on the island as well. There are numerous restaurants, bars and cafes offering a great choice of local dishes as well as some international fare. The fresh seafood is particularly delicious here. Self catering holidaymakers will be able to buy food and drink from stores and markets located all over the islands.
Holidaymakers staying in New Caledonia will find many interesting places to visit on the islands, especially around the capital city of Noumea. For example families will have a great time visiting the Parc Zoologique et Forestier at Noumea, where many native species can be seen. Another place well worth visiting is the Centre Culturel Tjibaou on the secluded Tina peninsula. Tourists can view regional exhibits at the Musee de Nouvelle-Caledonie and opposite the museum is an impressive 12 metre tall totem pole. The maritime museum is another very interesting attraction at Noumea.
The climate in New Caledonia is fairly stable throughout the year with September to December perhaps the best time to visit when it is generally drier. During this period temperatures can average between 23 and 27 centigrade. January to March is slightly warmer on average, whilst the coolest time of the year is July and August with temperatures sometimes as low as 17C on the windier days.
La Tontouta International Airport (NOU) is the main airport of New Caledonia and is located 50 kilometres northwest of the city of Noumea. Flights arrive here from Auckland (AKL), Brisbane (BNE), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Sydney (SYD) and Tokyo-Narita (NRT) amongst other smaller airports. There are car rental firms and taxis located at the airport and elsewhere on the island.