New Caledonia Flights:
Flights to New Caledonia
New Caledonia is a French territory in the Pacific Ocean, situated to the east of Australia and just west of Vanuatu.
New Caledonia is made up of several islands which are linked by air and hence have small airports, the main airport though is within reach of the capital city, Noumea, and is simply called New Caledonia Airport (airport code: NOU). There are not a great deal of airlines which offer flights to New Caledonia and all flights from South Africa will involve two connections. Basically Qantas, Air New Zealand and Air France actually fly to New Caledonia, though you have a number of choices for linking up with these flights. Options for flights from Johannesburg include Emirates via Dubai and Brisbane, South African Airways, Qantas, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Malaysia Airlines and Etihad. Routes vary, though generally the second connecting flight will depart from Sydney or Auckland.
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The Tourist Attractions of New Caledonia:
New Caledonia is a beautiful destination which would primarily suit those looking for a beach holiday but without too many of the crowds often seen in similar places. Generally attractions include the beaches and the scenery, as well as ecology such as the flora and fauna.
Grand Terre and Noumea
Noumea is the capital and largest city of New Caledonia. Despite being one of the most westernised cities in the South Pacific islands, it is not yet frequented by tourists, however, this does not mean there’s nothing to do here! On the contrary there are a variety of attractions and perhaps now, before it is heavily developed into a tourist destination, would be a good time to visit to get a true sense of the culture of the place.
Noumea is situated at the south western end of the main island of New Caledonia, called Grand Terre. There are a number of museums here where visitors can learn more about the history of New Caledonia and its people – the Museum of New Caledonia is one example, as is the Maritime History Museum. Visitors who are more interested in the animal world can go to the Michel Corbasson Zoological and Forest Park or the Aquarium des Lagons.
As well as these specific attractions, Noumea features many fine examples of colonial mansions which you can see when wondering around the city. And if you want to stay in Noumea there are several places to stay plus some beautiful beaches to enjoy too.
Grand Terre is the only mountainous island in New Caledonia and is also one of the largest islands in the Pacific. There is a large barrier reef off the coast of Grand Terre, which is second only in size to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Isle of Pines
The Isle of Pines is situated a distance off the south coast of Grand Terre and is itself surrounded by reef. This makes this a popular destination for snorkelling and scuba diving with opportunities to see many tropical fish and corals. The waters here are a beautiful aquamarine.
The Loyalty Islands
To the east of Grand Terre are the Loyalty Islands. There are six inhabited islands plus a number of smaller uninhabited islands and islets. The main attraction here is the New Caledonian rain forests ecoregion.
When Should You Visit?:
The semi-tropical climate experienced in New Caledonia means that temperatures can be hot and humidity can be high, though there is moderation from the southeast trade winds.
In the winter time (from April to August) the temperatures are usually a pleasant 22C. From November to March the threat of tropical cyclones is high.