New Caledonia in spotlight
Six parts of New Caledonia’s lagoons were collectively listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site 10 years ago. The listing was awarded to the lagoons in order to recognise the region’s natural beauty and abundance of marine life. UNESCO rates the lagoons as places with a vast, alluring beauty, which appeals to locals and visitors alike. New Caledonia’s lagoons also offers real diversity when it comes to experiences in, on and around the water.
Snorkelling hot spot
Tradewinds sweep the shores year-round, making it the perfect spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Restaurants and bars also line its shores, great for taking in a sunset with friends. And more than 100 coral species and native flora and fauna make it a top spot for snorkelling.
Oasis of calm
Couples can also enjoy a romantic picnic on a secluded beach in the Isle of Pines or a dinner of fresh seafood overlooking Anse Vata. Families and friends can also take advantage of the calm waters off Noumea’s beaches, swimming and snorkelling while spotting fish, turtles and maybe even a friendly dugong.
Prefer to stay dry? Take a day trip out to Amédée Island to visit and climb the island’s unique metallic lighthouse for stunning views over the bright blue lagoon. Adventure junkies can dive through shipwrecks nestled in the depths of the lagoon, take in its blue hues from above while skydiving, or enjoy an afternoon windsurfing off Anse Vata.
With Noumea only two hours from Brisbane, three hours from Sydney and four hours from Melbourne, it’s no wonder that more Australians are heading to New Caledonia to experience this little slice of paradise.