With its beautiful sunny weather, endless stretches of soft white sand and crystal-clear waters, New Caledonia is a perfect destination for a family vacation filled with excitement and fun. Whether your kids enjoy swimming and snorkelling or exploring the local attractions, each of your days spent at this magical archipelago will be thrilling and memorable. New Caledonia is a true tropical paradise, bristling with mesmerising attractions. So, don’t worry about keeping your kids busy because there are plenty of entertaining activities that both your kids and you will enjoy.
Explore the wonders of the Barrier Reef
A visit to New Caledonia is a perfect opportunity both for you and your children to connect with nature and explore diverse flora and fauna of this heaven on Earth. Encircling the main island, New Caledonia’s Barrier Reef is the second largest coral reef in the world, where your kids can discover the mesmerising underwater kingdom. There’s no better place to go snorkelling and exploring the beautiful and colourful marine species and corals. Not only will your children be enchanted, but you’ll be left speechless, too.
Have a picnic on the Isle of Pines
As one of the most popular destinations in New Caledonia, as well as one of the most beautiful islands in the South Pacific Ocean, the iconic Isle of Pines features endless stretches of blue horizons, turquoise waters and sandy beaches lined with majestic pines. There’s simply no better place to have a family picnic and a relaxing day of fun. If you and your family want to explore this island, you can sign up for a discovery tour with a local guide. With prison ruins and lovely totems among the most interesting island attractions, your children will have a whale of a time! Afterwards, you can relax at Kuto Beach and visit the local food stalls to pick up supplies for your family picnic.
Stop by the Aquarium
The Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie is one of the most popular sites for children, so don’t miss the opportunity to visit it. The aquarium is home to diverse marine species, including sea turtles, stonefish, sea snakes, nautilus, sharks and stingrays, all living in beautiful and authentic surroundings where running seawater and natural sunlight are used. One of the highlights of the aquarium is the stunning Napoleon fish, a true ruler of the waters. Just beware: your children might be so delighted with the aquarium that you might end up spending hours there.
Have fun at New Caledonia beaches
New Caledonia is known for its beautiful beaches, each one unique in its own way. What makes them so special and family-friendly is the fact that they feature plenty of fun activities. If your kids love spending hours in water, they can go snorkelling and diving. For older kids, kite-surfing will be truly thrilling, while younger children can go treasure hunting for lovely shells. At Kuendu Beach, your family can spend time in the water park sliding in rafts. Lifou Island is yet another beautiful spot where you and your kids can explore the colourful and diverse marine world with more than 2,000 fish species. Take a break from snorkelling and diving and relax in the shade of the swaying palm trees.
Take your children to a playground
Visiting a local playground is a perfect opportunity for your children to make friends and have fun. Not only will they meet local children, you can also socialise with other parents and find out more about less known attractions. When considering different Noumea accommodation options, you can focus on resorts and hotels with a nearby playground, such as the Le Meridien. Of course, resorts and hotels in New Caledonia typically offer plenty of amenities, such as water sports activities, kayaking, yacht services and others, so you and your children are bound to have fun even without a playground in the vicinity.
Whether you want to explore natural wonders, have fun at beautiful beaches or try different water sports, you and your family will have a wonderful adventure in tropical New Caledonia.
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Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest