When people imagine their ideal honeymoon, most of them have pristine beaches and luxury resorts in mind. If that’s what you have in mind, New Caledonia’s astounding lagoon surrounded by dozens of shades of blue, turquoise and green is definitely a place to consider.
Beyond the picturesque sceneries New Caledonia radiates with a charming blend of Melanesian and French culture, which entraps you in a splendor of elegance and hospitality; so, having a moment of boredom or any kind of dissatisfaction here is just not possible. Here are some things you want to know in case you decide to spend your honeymoon in New Caledonia.
Where is New Caledonia and how to get there?
New Caledonia is a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean. It is positioned about 1,200 km (750 mi) east of Australia. The famous archipelago includes the main island called Grande Terre, the Belep Archipelago, the Loyalty Islands, the Isle of Pines, the Chesterfield Islands and a few isolated islets.
Traveling to New Caledonia from Australia is easy, especially if you are traveling from Sydney, from where you have one direct flight a day. Airports in Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane offer only connection flights. Depending on the city you are flying from and the pauses between the connections, your flight can go on for about three to four hours.
If you’re flying from the U.S. to New Caledonia, you can spend about 18 hours on the plane depending on your starting location, so we recommend making a stop on the way for a day or two.
When to visit New Caledonia?
The climate of New Caledonia is pretty temperate, and regardless of the month and season of the year you choose to go, the weather conditions will be pleasant. The hottest month is February, but even then the temperatures are bearable. The coldest month is August when the temperature goes down to 17°C (62.5°F).
Honeymoon resorts in New Caledonia
New Caledonia has an abundance of romantic resorts honeymooners can check in to get the most out of this amazing archipelago. While you can find great resorts on the Isle of Pines and Loyalty Islands, the main island, Grande Terre probably offers the widest variety to choose from, especially the capital of the collectivity, Noumea.
One of the best options for newlywed couples on this piece of heaven on earth is going for Le Meridien Noumea Resort which includes a private balcony overlooking the beautiful lagoon and the garden, deep nature spa and direct access to the beach. The proximity of fantastic restaurants and a poolside bar only makes this resort more interesting. Just like that, you can get a luxurious getaway and cosmopolitan experience.
If, however, the city life is not something that concerns you, this and other resorts have locations on more peaceful parts of the archipelago, such as the Isle of Pines. There, you can get settled in Oure Tera Beach Resort which is slightly more modest than Le Meridien, but it does provide guests with a breathtaking view on Kanumera Bay, complimentary water sports, and cultural shows, as well as fresh and delicious seafood.
Things to do on your New Caledonia Honeymoon
New Caledonia is as romantic as it gets, so spending your honeymoon there can include a variety of activities and adventures (other than lying on the beach and sipping a tropical cocktail) that will make this a dream holiday for you and your partner. Here are just some ideas to spark your imagination:
- Get the best romantic view by taking a helicopter ride above the islands and see the Heart of Voh above from the sky. The ride lasts about three hours and besides the perfect heart-shaped mangrove, you will see all the beautiful landscapes of New Caledonia.
- The marine wonders of this archipelago are many, and you will get quite a treat if you decide to go snorkeling or scuba diving. You can even spend some amazing time with humpback whales.
- Kayaking in the world’s largest lagoon sounds like a perfect adventure to talk about with your friends when you come back from your honeymoon. And if you are visiting the Forgotten Coast, be sure to pack up your snorkeling gear, because the underwater life here is outstanding.
- Are you a fan of “Indiana Jones”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Romancing the Stone” or any other treasure hunting movie? Well, in New Caledonia you can have this experience, by diving to the locations of famous shipwrecks. And if you don’t find gold and diamonds, you can at least stay in awe in front of the remarkable pieces of history such as “La Dieppoise”, a French boat which sunk close to the Amédée Lighthouse.
- Speaking of the Amédée Lighthouse, it is a must-see, not only because it offers an astonishing view on the reef, but also because it is a historical monument built in the era of Napoleon III.
- Explore Grotte de la Reine Hortense, an unusual cave tunnel in a limestone cliff.
Honeymoons only happen once, and when they do, you need to choose a great destination that will make the most captivating memory one day. New Caledonia is exactly that because it boasts romantic resorts, pristine beaches and thrilling opportunities for adventures.