Family outing on the islet Hienga, HienghèneFamily outing on the islet Hienga, Hienghène
©Family outing on the islet Hienga, Hienghène|Eric Aubry

Top family experiences

in New Caledonia

With its diverse wildlife, stunning beaches, and an array of activities, New Caledonia is a top destination for families. Here, you’ll have a blast while getting acquainted with the locals and their way of life

A family holiday

In New Caledonia, nature surrounds you, offering a wide range of activities on both land and water. The variety of experiences caters to all ages, from discovering wildlife in its natural habitat to unique accommodation, swimming in the sea or rivers, and immersing yourself in the heart of nature. From sporting adventures to sensory awakenings, there’s a playground for everyone! Among the numerous possibilities, here is our selection of family-friendly experiences in New Caledonia.

Beach fun and lagoon bliss

With its vast sandy beaches, secluded coves, year-round warm waters, and a lagoon sheltered from currents, New Caledonia is a paradise for swimmers of all ages. Some beaches in Nouméa or Poé are supervised and offer leisure equipment rentals like pedal boat, kayaks, funboats, and snorkelling gear. Others are more secluded and less crowded, resembling natural aquariums where you can observe colourful fish with just a mask. You can also hop on a boat to explore the nearby stunning islets (îlot Canard, Amédée Island, Green Island) and embrace your inner Robinson Crusoe.

Encounter fascinating wildlife

For an up-close look at wildlife and a deeper understanding of their habitats and lifestyles, take your family to one of the many parks, aquariums, or reserves in New Caledonia. The Aquarium des Lagons (Lagoons Aquarium), the Parc Zoologique et Forestier de Nouméa (Zoological and Forest Park), the Parc de la Rivière Bleue (Blue River Park) in the Great South, and the shark nursery in Ouvéa are fantastic places to meet the diverse land and marine species of New Caledonia. Not only is this a fun experience for kids, but it also serves as an educational introduction to the wonders of the wild.

Try glamping in the great outdoors

Sleep in a caravan, stay in a yurt or tiny house, perch yourself in a treetop hut, or spend a night in a traditional Kanak hut—New Caledonia offers a plethora of unique accommodation. These glamping-style stays are set in breathtaking locations such as rainforests, coconut groves, creeks, and bushlands. It’s a fantastic way to turn childhood dreams into reality, stargaze, or observe nature up close. Unconventional accommodation promotes environmental sensitivity, making it an ecotourism experience you shouldn’t miss!

Explore new cultures

New Caledonian culture is rich and diverse, emphasising values of sharing and creating memorable moments for both adults and children. During a tribal welcome, visitors of all ages can partake in ancestral traditions and activities that are still very much alive. From braiding and field visits to creek shrimp fishing and crab hunting in the mangroves, children are warmly welcomed, and everyone can engage in these activities and workshops. It’s a world of stories and legends that opens up to you, creating unforgettable memories.

A family road trip

One of the best ways to explore the archipelago is by taking scenic routes along the coastline or through the Central Mountain Range. Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes from your car seat, make stops at viewpoints along the way, discover charming villages, and even take the bac de la Ouaième—a ferry ride. These are moments to cherish, with eyes sparkling with happiness!

Humpback whale watching

Make your stay in New Caledonia extraordinary! From mid-June to mid-September, witness humpback whales as they come to calve in the warm waters of the South Pacific. Motorboats and sailing catamarans offer whale-watching outings that respect these magnificent creatures. These unique and emotionally charged moments will leave a lasting impression on the whole family.

Enjoy nature activities

Bringing the family to New Caledonia is an opportunity to connect with nature and instil environmental awareness in children. The Caledonian way of life revolves around outdoor activities: hiking in nature parks, exploring underwater trails, visiting islets, tree canopy walks, river swimming, horseback riding, and kayaking. So, let’s dive in! Cool off in the natural pools of Grande Terre’s rivers, take time to listen to the different bird songs, and hear the distant sounds of the sea. Whether you’re following in the footsteps of a birdwatcher, taking a forest plunge, or diving into the lagoon, these immersive experiences will captivate children and adults alike.

Staying on a farm

Put on your boots and share the daily life of bush farmers! New Caledonia has a large number of farms that are members of the Bienvenue à la Ferme network. It’s a great opportunity for the whole family to find out more about fruit and vegetables, honey, local produce and other artisanal products, and even take part in feeding the farm animals.

Fill up on thrilling adventures

Nouméa offers a plethora of fun activities for the entire family: animal parks, waterslides, escape games, interactive museum trails, segway rides, laser games, go-karting, wake parks, and more. Whether indoors or outdoors, there’s a wide selection of entertainment options to burn off energy regardless of the weather. Numerous events and activities are organised specifically for children—check them out on our online calendar of events!