Traveling to any tropical destination requires an extensive plan, especially when going on a family vacation. Still, the island paradise of New Caledonia offers so many activities and things to see, that planning your time there will be a walk in the park. However, it’s always great to go on a holiday with kids prepared, so to help you plan your tropical vacation in New Caledonia, here are a couple of activities the entire family will enjoy.
Explore Noumea’s Beaches
Since your kids can’t wait to dip their toes into the water, there’s every reason to head off to the beach as soon as you unpack! A favorite among Noumeans during weekends, Magenta Beach is located just across Rue Gervolino. The beach has its own park and picnic area, while the low tide is a great place for kids to splash around and learn how to swim. Due to its sheltered location, Kuendu Beach has the calmest waters among all Noumea’s beaches. The white sandy beach is also heavily shaded and has great beach bars, which give its signature, laid back atmosphere.
Take a Ride Aboard the Island Train
Captivate your kids’ imagination by climbing aboard Le Petit Train. After scouring through Port Moselle Market and Tjibaou Cultural Center, you arrive at Notre Dame du Pacifique. There you try out New Caledonia’s traditional cuisine at a picnic beneath the old colonial church, while soaking up the splendid vistas of the Pacific. The train also chugs past Parc Zoologique et Forestier, where eager young minds can admire and learn about the local wildlife. The brightly-colored Tchou Tchou Train is the best and cheapest way to explore Noumea, while getting the Nature and Culture Pass will cover all entrance costs for along the ride.
Enjoy the Sports of New Caledonia
Sport is a big part of Caillou culture on Grand Terre, and is yet another fun way to spend time in New Caledonia. If you can’t get enough of the water, head to Anse Vata Beach to experience a real watersport extravaganza. Apart from family kayak and catamaran tours, older kids will fall in love with windsurfing, after their first lessons. Closer to land, you can try out the French game of petanque, or head to Dumbea for a New Caledonia family golf experience, which ends with a lunch at the “19th Restaurant”. Additionally, if you’re visiting New Caledonia in August, don’t miss the Bourail Fair, and the island’s unique rodeo, which the kids will adore watching.
Discover the Isle of Pines
Just a short water-taxi ride from the main island, a trip to the Isle of Pines is the perfect way to immerse yourself in French and Kanak history and culture. As you step onto the island, you will be greeted with a traditional Kanak tribal dance. Afterwards, your local tour guide will escort you to the mini bus, so you can visit the mythical totems at St. Maurice Bay and Fort Teremba prison. There you kids can hear the scary story about La Perouse, the French explorer, who still haunts the island according to legend. End your trip with a climb to the top of Amédée lighthouse for a spectacular 360° view of the archipelago.
Go Snorkeling at Yejele Beach
Another must-see adventure is a trip to Mere Island, and Yejele Beach. Because it is so close to the world’s third largest coral reef, the secluded beach is surrounded by pristine warm turquoise waters. While you lounge in one of Yejele beach huts, the kids can swim and snorkel, exploring the underwater wildlife, looking for turtles, clown fish and other tropical sea life.
With so many colors, sights, tastes and activities to experience and explore, the kids will stay busy during your entire trip. All that’s left to do now is pack your bags, and treat your family to a tropical vacation in New Caledonia.