Traveling with your family usually means sticking to a certain budget. But that doesn’t mean you can’t treat your loved ones with an amazing tropical retreat. This paradise island is a French territory, but it’s actually cheaper than a family trip to France. This South Pacific paradise has everything one could wish for. Sandy beaches, swimming, snorkeling and numerous activities to keep your children busy so you can relax. Here are six things you don’t want to skip when you visit New Caledonia.
If you don’t like crowded places, this beach is tailor-made for you and your family. There is a bus that frequently goes to the beach, so you won’t have any problems getting there. Tourists are often left stunned with the sheer beauty of the Yejele Beach. It is crystal clear, the water is warm and it is shallow so younger kids can enjoy it. If you like marine life, you came to the perfect place. Visitors can snorkel and enjoy the view of colorful fish and underwater plants. If you get hungry there are numerous huts that sell local food. Eat your lunch while relaxing on a sandy white beach.
If you ask locals, they will tell you to visit Duck Island or Ile aux Canards as they call it. It is just a short boat ride from the Anse Vata Beach, and you can spend a whole day enjoying this island. There are activities for visitors, this includes kite surfing, snorkeling and swimming. For those who prefer relaxing, there a beach for sunbathing. No need to bring your food since there is a restaurant on the island.
Aquarium des Lagons
This is an excellent day trip to take with your family. Younger kids will definitely enjoy seeing the diverse marine life in this aquarium. There are numerous species living there, including sea snakes, stone fish, turtles, stingrays and sharks. Their tanks resemble their natural environment as much as possible. You can also see a living coral inside this aquarium. The aquarium is near most hotels, including Le Meridien in Noumea which offers a gorgeous view over Anse Vata Bay. The hotel has a direct access to the beach and is a walking distance to other island attractions.
Tchou Tchou Train
This is a perfect way to take a tour of Noumea. You will have a bilingual tour guide that will point and talk about the sights. It is very informative and most certainly fun. This train has been running since 1990 and it travels around the city. It starts its tour near Anse Vata Beach and ends at the Zoological Gardens at Forest Park.
Explore Island of Pines
Visit the marvelous Island of Pines, and spend a whole day exploring this tropical island. There is also a tour bus that will take you around the island so you can see all its sights. Among which are the church of Notre Dame and the Statue of Saint Maurice. The bus makes frequent stops, which allows kids to play around and meet local children on the island.
After you finish exploring the Island of Pines, relax on a white sandy beach to end the perfect day. Cool yourself down in the shade of a palm tree. There are numerous bars and restaurants from where you can keep an eye on your children while enjoying local food.
If you are looking for a great family retreat, look no further. New Caledonia has so many things to offer. From white sandy beaches, to tropical island trips and exquisite cuisine. This is a place the whole family can enjoy, and it will have you coming back for more.