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Noumea, on the largest island in the New Caledonia archipelago, is brimming with beautiful beaches and colonial architecture. But the city itself is just the beginning of the adventure: It’s also a diver’s playground. Hotels in Noumea are the gateway to the world’s largest lagoon system and the second largest continuous barrier reef.
The islands of New Caledonia just barely peek above the turquoise waters, as if they’re trying to stay hidden from view. But below, a whole world of marine life awaits. Accommodation near Noumea Harbour is the best starting point for aqua-holics. Take a day tour out into the lagoon and you’ll see shades of blue and green you didn’t even know existed—but it’s the teeming coral reefs that will really take your breath away.
When you’re done discovering the ocean dwellers, learn about the impressive history of the people and region at Musee de Nouvelle-Caledonie. Did your energy swim away with the fishes? Just kick back in a French cafe near the Noumea Cathedral and take in the scenery before heading back to your Noumea accommodation.
New Caledonia’s airport, La Tontouta International (NOU), is about 40 km north of the city. The country is still a bit of an undiscovered destination for tourists, so public transportation from the airport to the city is sparse. However, there are plenty of shuttle lines waiting outside the terminal, and many Noumea hotels will organise a ride for you. To really motor around, Wotif has great car hire options as well.
You don’t have to be a philosopher to have “deep” thoughts. If you dream of diving into adventure, book one of Wotif’s Noumea holidays. You can easily choose the perfect combination of flight and accommodation—all you have to worry about is packing your sunnies.
Hotels in Nouméa start at AU$109 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.