Key information for your trip
Here is a summary of the information you should know before flying off to the country.
Sail by boat during a cruise New Caledonia
Caledonian lagoon has 24.000km² surface, one of world's biggest lagoons (and considered one of most beautiful lagoons) surrounded by 1.600km of coral reef at 10-50km to the lands.
Average anual temperature oscille between 21° adn 28°.
With an important ethnic mix, New Caledonia is an island lives really traditions, cultures and costumes.
The mix of Melanesian and French cultures, with a Polynesian and Asiatic touch, is traduced in a peaceful and harmonious life.
All those elements, adding the tropical oceanic weather, make it an ideal place to navigate.
currency is pacific franc (CFP)
All banks take a 5 Euros commission to change cash or traveller's checks. American Express office, at Nouméa, is the only that don't takes commission
There are cash dispensers especially at Nouméa and you can use MasterCard, visa and Eurocard.
Duty-free shops, tour operators, hotels and restaurants, accept main cards in the capital. In other places you can use it just in big hotels.
Tip is not usual, according Melanesian costumes, a tip is a gift and the person that receives it must pay with the same coin.
But you can leave some tip at European restaurants.
Prices are really fair at popular markets, so you don't need to haggle.
Vaccins against polio, diphtery, tiphoyd and hepatit A and B
Protect you from mosquitoes, especially in rain time (between December and March) Every bank and post office opens continuously to 15.45h
Time zone :
GMT + 11
Head of state :