New Caledonia is one of those destinations that ticks all of the boxes! From friendly locals, to nibbling on French pastries, sipping cocktails and crystal clear waters  – you just can’t go wrong!

And the only thing better than a visit to New Caledonia? WINNING your way there! Become one of the leading travel consultants for New Caledonia in June, and you’ll be living the island life by spring.

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Not only is it every holidaymaker’s dream, it’s also so close to Oz! The neighboring paradise is just a hop, skip and jump from the east coast of Australia with flight times between 2-3.5 hours from the major cities. That’s less time than the daily commute!

But, before you get packing, here’s a primer on some of the best surprises in New Caledonia…

 

Touch down in Noumea

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Most trips to New Caledonia start by flying in to the relaxed capital, Noumea, where you can slip into ‘island time’, and soak up New Caledonia’s friendly, laid-back culture. It’s also a great place to enjoy the delicious, French-influenced food.

The colourful markets at Port Moselle have everything from snacks to souvenirs. Wander around and sample some fresh food, then pick up some baguettes for a picnic by the beach. If you stick around until the evening, you’ll see a spectacular sunset into the sea.

 

Postcard worthy beaches

Think you’ve seen immaculate beaches? New Caledonia takes it to the next level.

One of the best places to enjoy the big deep blue is on the islands off the coast of New Caledonia. On tiny Amedee Island, just a 40 min boat ride from Noumea,  you’ll have an amazing panoramic view from the top of a striking 150-year-old lighthouse.

Keen to lap up more of the coastline? Check out the tropical gem of Hienghene Bay, or New Cal’s coral covered Lifou Island.

 

Colourful Coastline

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If you’re keen for a swim off the beaten track, head for the untouched Isle of Pines. This is the Pacific at its most postcard-perfect — complete with a natural pool of reefs, coral and colourful fish. On a good day, you’ll find yourself swimming with turtles.

 

Culture, Festivals and History

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New Caledonia is much more than just a pretty face — it also has deep history and a vibrant culture to match. Drop by Tjibaou Cultural Centre to learn about the rich history of the indigenous Kanak people.

Throughout the year, there’s a festival for every taste. One of the most significant festivals is the Avocado Festival, held in a tribal village on Maré Island — with traditional dances, tastings, and opportunities for homestays with the tribe. Throughout the year, you’ll also find festivals dedicated to cheese, vanilla plantations, and French films.

 

So we know you want to send your clients there, but how do you get there? 

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This was written by KARRYON contributor Kelsey Cooke

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