Are you’re searching for a perfect place to spend your vacation? Look no more, New Caledonia has everything you could possibly wish for in a holiday. Some call it the Paris of the Pacific since it’s one of the most beautiful places in this part of the world. Endless vistas of blue and turquoise have the power to make you feel more relaxed than you’ve ever been before. It is one of those locations you’ll never want to leave, a natural paradise that will delight all your senses. So, if you’re thinking about visiting New Caledonia, take a look at some of these tips and you’re guaranteed to have an amazing time during your stay!
If you decided to have your trip during the winter months, you can expect pleasant temperatures. However, keep in mind that winter in New Caledonia happens in June and July. The weather is warm (around 20°C or 68°F), but not exactly appropriate for sunbathing. Whereas, the summertime is excellent for lying at the beach as the temperatures reach 30°C or 86°F and above. The climate is tropical oceanic, with February being the hottest month and August the coldest. There is no definite time for visiting New Caledonia it very much depends on the type of vacation you are planning and the locations you intend to visit.
There’s a wide variety of options for you when it comes to finding a place to stay. Whether you’d like to stay in one of the many hotels near the beach or you prefer staying somewhere a bit more secluded, you are guaranteed to find appropriate accommodation. I would advise staying in a hotel with a kitchen as this allows you to prepare your own meals which can be good for your stomach, as well as your pocket. If you prefer eating out, you have the choice of selecting one of the numerous restaurants serving amazing fish and seafood dishes both within your hotel complex and in the city.
When it comes to food, I personally wouldn’t bring anything with me. When I think of Nouméa, the capital of New Caledonia, I think of many delicious types of cheese. Upon your arrival, you can stop by the biggest Geant supermarket and stock up on these French delights. Pates, prosciutto, cheese, just imagine the harmony of tastes.
Also, there are great bakeries, so you don’t need to worry about your breakfast any day. Therefore, if you are staying in a hotel with a kitchen, you can prepare some great meals for yourself.
Don’t forget to try Bougna, it is a traditional Kanak casserole, considered by many Kanaks to be national food. It includes various local root vegetables, and can be prepared with pork, chicken or seafood, wrapped in banana leaves and cooked over hot stones in earthen oven. Delicious!
Another hedonistic feature of visiting New Caledonia for the holidays is the amazing wine. There are stores that also offer wine-tasting. The good news is that you can actually find great wine at very reasonable prices all around the island. Just stay informed about the time of the sales or ask local for advice. This way, you can buy excellent quality food and drinks at a great price!
What better way to make your vacation a memorable experience for all the senses? If you are a wine connoisseur and this is something that interests you, you should definitely include Le Taom, O’Boucher or L’Edzen in Nouméa in your New Caledonia travel itinerary. À la vôtre!
Bear in mind that most attractions are closed on Sundays and Mondays. So, unless you want to have a chill day laying at the beach and drinking cocktails, make sure to make other plans in advance. I would advise you to book your individual excursions on these days. This way, you can make the most out of the time you have on your vacation.
For instance, you can take a water taxi from Anse Vata beach to Duck Island and have a picnic or go snorkeling in the wonderful blue ocean. I adore snorkeling, so this was a great way for me to spend the day when all tourist attractions were closed.
If you haven’t considered New Caledonia for your next holiday, I hope you’ve changed your mind after reading these suggestions on what to do there. It’s so beautiful and tranquil, that it makes for the best therapy for you if you want to relax and forget about you work problems and daily routines. I daydreamer’s paradise.
After this vacation, you will have charged your batteries and you’ll be ready for all the challenges that await you. So, pack your bags, don’t forget your bathing suit, and head straight to New Caledonia! Your dream vacation awaits!
All photos by Thomas Ballandras, Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/101884347@N06/albums/72157636934079723
About the author
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger over at Highstylelife.com who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels, she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favorite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. Most of her free time at home she spends walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.