SUSTAINABLE AND ECO-HOTELS IN New Caledonia

THE 8 MOST ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE HOTELS IN New Caledonia according to ETIC Hotels

Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences

  • City: Noumea
  • Score: 84%
  • Price from: £101.9

26
kg CO2e
ETIC gold rating
8.4
/ 10
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Hotel Gondwana Noumea New Caledonia

  • City: Noumea
  • Score: 51%
  • Price from: £0

38.4
kg CO2e
ETIC Bronze rating
5.1
/ 10
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Le Meridien Ile Des Pins New Caledonia

  • City: Oro Bay
  • Score: 50%
  • Price from: £0

49
kg CO2e
ETIC Bronze rating
5
/ 10
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Oure Tera Beach Resort Vao New Caledonia

  • City: Vao
  • Score: 49%
  • Price from: £0

41.9
kg CO2e
ETIC Bronze rating
4.9
/ 10
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Chateau Royal Beach Resort Spa Noumea New Caledonia

  • City: Noumea
  • Score: 48%
  • Price from: £0

21.4
kg CO2e
ETIC Bronze rating
4.8
/ 10
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Resort Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa G Bourail New Caledonia

  • City: Bourail
  • Score: 44%
  • Price from: £0

44.8
kg CO2e
ETIC Bronze rating
4.4
/ 10
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Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Spa Golf Resort New Caledonia

  • City: Bourail
  • Score: 37%
  • Price from: £0

25.7
kg CO2e
ETIC Bronze rating
3.7
/ 10
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Le Meridien Noumea Resort Spa New Caledonia

  • City: Noumea
  • Score: 31%
  • Price from: £0

24.9
kg CO2e
ETIC Bronze rating
3.1
/ 10
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COUNTRY PROFILE

New Caledonia

  • Official Name:French overseas territory

  • Capital:Population 259,000

  • Population: Area 18,575 sq km (7,172 sq miles)

  • Area: Major languages French (official), Melanesian and Polynesian dialects

  • Major Languages: Major religions Christianity, indigenous beliefs

  • Major Religions: Life expectancy 74 years (men), 80 years (women)

  • Life expectancy: Currency Pacific franc

  • Currency: New Caledo

Things to see in New Caledonia

  • Best Region for Beaches: Maré (Loyalty Islands)

    Hard to narrow down just 1, but perhaps la crème de la crème is Maré Island. Along the southern bay, Wabao ticks all the boxes: an extended streak of snow-white sands with calm, shallow, and baby-blue waters overflowing with colorful fish seemingly within touching distance of the shore. Most beaches around Maré are only accessible on foot, ensuring they remain remarkably undeveloped, and often completely deserted. One of the more accessible is Ekure, at the end of an easy hiking trail; more remote and Crusoe-esque is the beach at Buhnetine. As well as clusters of thatched bungalows, local tourist authorities promote the chance to stay at a €˜tribal homestay€™.

  • Best Region for Diving & Snorkeling: Ouvéa (Loyalty Islands)

    Despite boasting the world۪s biggest lagoon and second-largest reef (which more-or-less surrounds New Caledonia), diving is not as developed or popular as Fiji or Vanuatu. This is probably because there is so much more to do across the entire territory. Part of the Loyalty Islands, Ouv̩a vies with Mar̩ as the perfect beach destination, but is also fantastic for underwater exploration. The lagoon is exquisite, dotted with islets, and backed by coral cliffs. Diving is easy to arrange among caves and reefs, but there۪s also plenty to see with just a snorkel and mask. What۪s more, a bit of time and effort will reward hikers/snorkelers with freshwater pools teeming with turtles.

  • Best Region for Outdoor Activities: Province Sud (South Province) of Grande Terre Island

    An extraordinary array of activities is available within a short bus ride (or even daytrip) from the capital. Not cheap compared to Fiji or Tonga, they are nonetheless, well-developed and safe €“ as much for locals (especially French expats) as tourists. These include hiking among rainforests sprinkled with waterfalls along well-defined trails that can also be traversed by mountain-bike; kayaking among eerie forests of dead trees; exploring national parks brimming with rare and endemic birds; and whale-watching (July to September) along the southeast coast.

  • Best Region for Boating: Baie de la Moselle (centre of Noumea)

    Yachties don€™t need to berth anywhere remote or potentially unsafe because Noumea is encircled by marinas heaving with boats of all types, mostly owned by affluent locals. The most convenient is at Baie de la Moselle, which is deep, calm, secure, and within strolling distance of numerous facilities. Easy trips by boat from Noumea include the idyllic ÃŽle des Pins island about 3 hours away, and gorgeous islets such as ÃŽle aux Canards and ÃŽlot Maître are within just a few minutes of the marina. And while sipping lattes or swigging beers in the city€™s trendy cafés, fellow yachties happily share advice about sailing up the extended coasts of Grande Terre and across to the magical Loyalty Islands.

When to visit in New Caledonia

  • The best time to visit New Caledonia, however, depends on how you want to spend your time there. If you plan on an active holiday, the cooler months are ideal. Hikers tend to avoid the summer rains, as do whale watchers, divers, and snorkelers (visibility is best between April and November).

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