EXCURSIONS TO THE OUTER ISLANDS

The Loyalty Islands... Lifou, Mare and Ouvea, lands of legend and tradition, mystical islands of unique beauty...

Endowed with fabulous natural wealth, the most sumptuous landscapes that New Caledonia has to offer lie hidden within these islands : long deserted beaches of pristine white sand, enchanting crystal-clear turquoise lagoons, sheer cliffs majestically crowned with colonial pine trees, legendary rocks rising like medieval fortresses, fish and coral fauna found nowhere else in the world, multicoloured sea-life unsullied by man... And finally, the people.

The Loyalty islanders have managed to preserve the most powerful traditions of the Territory of New Caledonia, an imaginary environment wrought with myths and legends. When you visit the Loyalty Islands, you will get to know a people and their beliefs, you will discover Kanak life in all its authenticity, and you will enjoy the natural hospitality of the island people who will receive you like a favoured guest.

60 km southeast of Noumea lies an enchanting island, the "most beautiful island in the world" for some people, the "closest island to Paradise" for Japanese people: the Isle of Pines. This island is as beautiful under water as it is on land: a favourite spot for divers with its turquoise lagoon sheltering turtles, crayfish, myriads of tropical fish... a place where time seems to stand still in an idyllic setting of white beaches under swaying palms and soaring Araucaria pines...

New Caledonia Facts

Climate: "Land of eternal spring", New Caledonia is blessed with a pleasant semi-tropical climate all year round.

The east coast of the island is a tropical area, with a more humid climate, while the west coast features a drier, more temperate zone.

The warm season, from September to March, has temperatures averaging between 25-27C, with short occasional rains.

The cool season, from April to August, has temperatures averaging between 20-23C, but water temperature stays warm enough for swimming.
January to March is the rainy season, while September to November is the dry season with October having the least rainfall.

Sailing Conditions: April to November offer the best sailing conditions with south-easterly trade winds of 15-20 knots providing excellent sailing with
approximately half metre tidal range and negligible currents.

Language: French is the official language, but Polynesian and Melanesian are also spoken. English is also widely spoken.

Documents Required: If traveling to New Caledonia on a valid EEC, American, Canadian, Japanese, Australian or New Zealand passport, then you do
not need a visa for stays of up to three months, although you will need a return/onward ticket and your passport must be valid for three months
after arrival date.

NEW CALEDONIA Facts and EXCURSIONS TO THE OUTER ISLANDS
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