8 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

8 days in New Caledonia Itinerary

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Fly to La Tontouta International Airport, Drive to Bourail
Bourail, Grand Terre
— 1 day
Ile Des Pins
— 2 nights
Noumea, Grand Terre
— 3 nights


Bourail, Grand Terre — 1 day

Bourail is a commune in the South Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean.GeographyBourail a rural town of Grande Terre . Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the striking features of Eglise de Bourail, then stroll through Grand Terre: Poe Beach and Roche Percee, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee de Bourail.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bourail day trip planning website.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Bourail is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to New Caledonia Standard Time (NCT) is 14 hours. When traveling from Sao Paulo in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bourail: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can fly to Ile Des Pins.
Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums
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Ile Des Pins — 2 nights

Just a little way off the southern end of Grand Terre, Île des Pins (the Isle of Pines) gets its name from the tall columnar pines that stick out of the surrounding vegetation like bristles on a brush.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Isle of Pines, then stroll through Oro Bay, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piscine Naturelle, and finally make a trip to Upi Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Kuto Bay and then take in the awesome beauty at N'Ga Peak.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ile Des Pins online vacation planner.

You can fly from Bourail to Ile Des Pins in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Bourail in May, plan for little chillier days in Ile Des Pins, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Noumea.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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Noumea, Grand Terre — 3 nights

Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Le Musee Maritime de Nouvelle-Caledonie and then visit a coastal fixture at Amedee Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie, explore the landscape on two wheels at Promenade Pierre-Vernier, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale, then look for gifts at Maison de la Perle, and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Ville de Noumea.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Noumea trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ile Des Pins to Noumea takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails
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New Caledonia travel guide

Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
An archipelago consisting of the sizable Grande Terre as well as a scattering of smaller surrounding islands, New Caledonia has many of the tourist draws characteristic of the South Pacific: long sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, azure lagoons, and coral reefs. It also supports many unique species of plants and animals, such as the tall conifers that tower above the palm trees lining the waterside. Nature lovers on holiday in New Caledonia should head to the lagoon that surrounds Grande Terre: a World Heritage Site and one of the largest lagoons in the world, it is home to countless species of marine life, including endangered dugongs and green sea turtles. The local culture blends French chic and Melanesian warmth, and it is usually a only short walk from the beach to a stylish bar, cafe, or gourmet restaurant.