In the heart of the South Pacific lies a beautiful island surrounded by an emerald green lagoon. New Caledonia is a land like no other, offering visitors an insight to a paradise of undeniable beauty and ecological treasures, all waiting to be discovered.
A land of great contrasts, New Caledonia is an archipelago formed by the main island ("Grande Terre" Mainland), Loyalty Islands, Isle of Pines and numerous small picturesque islets.
New Caledonia lends itself to superlatives: the Largest Lagoon in the World; the largest variety of endemic botanical species and the proud owner of one of the richest tropical rainforests in the world.
It is a land beyond boundaries. A unique land which finds its unusual impulsion in its eventful geological history. The diversity of landscapes is beyond imagination, the fauna and flora evolving freely amongst mangroves, savanna, bush and forests.
Free spirited, guided by its own inspiration, New Caledonia is also a land of authentic and diverse cultures and cuisines.
History has made it a land of exile, and since, New Caledonians have turned it into a warm and welcoming land.
The bush and its wide open spaces, diving opportunities in emerald green waters along the reef, the Melanesian tribes residing in the valleys, hidden in the lush tropical vegetation, Noumea with its French inspired architecture and its large pleasant bays.
Sightseeing Opportunities (Half Days)
- City tour (in bus or with Le petit train);
- Botanical garden;
- Tjibaou cultural center with Melanesian show;
- Museums : Noumea, New Caledonia, Maritime history etc.
Sightseeing Opportunities (Full Day)
- Excursion to the Great South in a four wheel drive minibus (Blue river provincial park);
- Amedee Lighthouse;
- Casy island;
- Escapade Island;
- Mont Koghi and Dumbe'a.
Dining (Best Restaurants for Lunch and Dinner)
There are over 130 restaurants in Noumea to suit a variety of tastes and budgets.
Welcome to "Flavour island"
Around the great French cooking tradition, New Caledonia has united both its own specialities and a range of tastes from around the world. Whatever your preference is, there is food for every palate in New Caledonia including exotic flavour, French "nouvelle cuisine" and fast food.
- The Thursdays evening on Anse Vata (every week the Office du Tourisme hold a special theme evening for visitors to enjoy the different market stalls located along Anse Vate beach - just across from Parkroyal Noumea);
- Dinner shows in the hotels;
- Tjibaou Cultural Centre exhibitions & performances in the theatrette;
- Discos & nightclubs;
Choice of 2 Casinos in Noumea (Grande Casino located nearby Le Meridien Noumea & the other is located at Novotel Surf Noumea).
- Le Mridien Noumea;
- Parkroyal Noumea;
- Novotel Surf Noumea;
- Appartel Le Stanley;
- Kuendu Beach (overwater bungalows).
- Baie des Citrons;
- Anse Vata;
- Kuendu Beach.
- Tina 18 hole golf course is located at Tina Peninsula approximately 10 minutes drive from city centre.
- Ouen Toro tennis courts;
- Receiving tennis courts.
Other Sporting Activities
- Scuba diving;
Best Shopping Areas
- Noumea - city centre;
- Port Plaisance commercial gallery;
- Palm Beach commercial gallery.
Best Shopping Buys
- Wood artefacts;
- Local printed sarongs and table clothes;
- Local coffee;
- Polynesian pearls;
- A large variety of French brands.
|Customs Officers||0700-1100 & 1300-1700|
|Quarantine Officials||0700-1100 & 1300-1700|
|Immigration Officials||0700-1100 & 1300-1700|
Customs and Immigration
|Passenger Manifest||Yes (3ex)|
|Embarking Passenger Manifest||Yes (3ex)|
|Crew Manifest||Yes (3ex)|
|Stores List||Yes (2ex)|
|Customs Declaration (Ship)||Yes (3ex)|
|Customs Declaration (Crew)||Yes (3ex)|
|Forms Comments||Yes (3ex)|
|Customs Declaration (Passengers)||Yes (3ex)|
|Health Declaration||Yes (1ex)|
|Arrival Departure Restrictions||No (24/24 services)|
|Tidal Variation||1,50 m|
|Length of Channel||BOULARI Pass - 12 M|
|DUMBEA Pass - 11M|
|HAVANNAH Pass - 36 M|
|Depth of Channel||12 meters|
Depth and breadth of turning basin
|Location of Turning Basin||n/a|
|Pilotage Name||New Caledonia Pilot Station|
|Pilotage Address||BP 344, 98845 Noum￩a Cedex|
|Pilotage Phone No||00(687)27 32 74|
|Pilotage Fax No||00(687)27 71 78|
|Is Pilotage Compulsory||Yes|
|Position of Pilot Pickup||BOULARI - 2 M outside on leading light|
|DUMBEA - 2 M outside reef|
|HAVANNAH - Abeam GORO Light House|
|Distance from Berth||n/a|
|Pilot VHF Channel||12|
|Description of Pilot Boat||Black hull with Orange superstructures|
|Pilotage Fees||depends of size of ship|
|Information on several Shipping Agents can be obtained from the Port Authority (see Port Operator).|
|Are tugs available||Yes (1 x 2150 HP and 1 x 2000 HP)|
|Are tugs compulsory||Yes|
|Tug operator`s name||Soci-t-Oc-anienne de Remorquage et d'Assistance ( SORA)|
|Tug operator`s fax||00(687)27 45 57|
|Ship or tug lines||n/a|
|Tug working hours||24/24|
|For details, please contact the Shipping Agent.|
|For details, please contact the Shipping Agent.|
|Contact the Shipping Agent|
|Quay or barge||n/a|
|Exquay or barge||Exquay|
|No of hoses||2|
|Capacity per hose/hour||25 t/h|
|Tonnes per hour guaranteed||50|
|Type of connect||Normalized|
|Connect size in inches||2,5 (65 m/m)|
|Dry garbage||by Trucks or Containers|
|Barge alongside||if required|
|Size of containers||9 to 25 m3|
|Incineration or dump||No|
|Facilities to transport||per Trucks|
|Ship or shore pump||Both|
|Nearest dry dock||Australia - NeW Zealand|
|Name||Port Authority of New Caledonia|
|Address||34 Av James COOK BP 14 98845 Noumea|
|Telephone||00(687)25 50 00|
|Facsimile||00(687)27 54 90|
|Berth||Quai des Longs Couriers 4 fenders (2 meters diameter)|
|Maximum draft||8,90 m|
|Berth length||110 m|
|Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships||185 meters|
|Are other ships able to dock||No|
|Cargo ships at dock||No|
|Local||Isle of Pines - Lifou Ouvea, Hienghne - Amedee Island|
|Nearest Overseas Port||Australia, New Zealand & Vanuatu|
|Terminal Building||Renovations being done at present, scheduled to be finished in 3rd Quarter of 2002.|
|Meet and Greet Facilities||Yes|
|Availability of Maps and/or Brochures||Yes (Tourism Office)|
|Is the US Dollar Accepted?||Yes|
|Closest Airport to Pier||TONTOUTA Airport|
|Distance to Airport||50 Km|
|Transport to Airport||Taxi - Buses|
|Can Passengers Walk to Town||Yes|
|Drive Time from Pier to Shuttle Stop||The Berth is near the Town Centre|
|Distance from Pier to Town Centre||500 meters|
|Are Shuttle Buses Necessary||No|
|Suggested Shuttle Stop in Town||No|
|Availability of Taxis at Pier||No (taxis stations is at Coconut Place at about 500 meters)|
|Availability of Public Transport at Pier||No|
|Other Forms of Transport at Pier||No|
|Distance from Ship to Tour Buses||At Pier|
|What is the Normal Coach Capacity||Large range (from 8 to 60 seats)|
|Are Tour Buses Air Conditioned||If required|
|Are Refreshments Provided on Buses||If required|
|Are Cold Towels Provided on Buses||If required|
|Are Step Stools Provided on Buses||If required|
Tourism operators in New Caledonia: