Fun family activities in New Caledonia

by Guest Author, Marie Nieves

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If you’re planning a vacation to the South Pacific gem of New Caledonia, you won’t be disappointed. If anything, it will exceed your expectations. Many people who have visited New Caledonia feel this way and are excited to return. Most importantly if you’re traveling with kids, you’re in for a holiday that’s not only about all-inclusive luxurious accommodations, but absolutely fascinating islands to explore, and a chance to revel in the world’s most beautiful – and largest – coral lagoon. You’ll also get the chance to get to know a different culture, and a different way of life; so it wouldn’t hurt to acquaint yourselves with this informative New Caledonia etiquette guide beforehand.

Anyway, without further ado, here are some ideas for where to go to or to take your kids for additional holiday fun. No matter how long your stay is, be sure to check them out, in addition to other well-known attractions.

Visit Duck Island

Ile aux Canards is a very family-friendly excursion location and a favorite tourist spot. It’s okay to sometimes stay away from conventional and crowded sightseeing places and enjoy your own DIY excursion, but some are truly worth a visit. Especially if they’re classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a snorkeling paradise that will make you feel like you’ve entered the set of “Finding Nemo”, or at least your kids will. If you’re located in Nouméa, this island is only 5-minute boat ride away from Anse Vata beach. Do encourage your kids to have a dive and enjoy a mesmerizing sight of corals and many other sea creatures, like multi-colored fish, sea turtles and more.

Another breathtaking New Caledonia experience is whale watching. Be sure not to miss it if you’re planning your trip from July to September.

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Horseback riding

If you ever get tired of snorkeling and lying around on the sandy beaches (as if you would), or a more likely scenario, if the weather is a bit colder, or simply because your kids would enjoy bonding with animals (especially if they like horses), then this might be the perfect option for you. Horse clubs in New Caledonia have courses for all ages and levels. You can visit Thio and the Koné villages or Yala Ranch in Dumbéa, which is not that far from Nouméa. Your little ones can enjoy a few circles on a pony, or if you’re up for a bit of adventure, organized tours over the river and to the mountain range, ending with camping in the mountains might be your cup of tea.

Golfing

Why wouldn’t you want to play golf surrounded by splendid forests, and crystal clear seas? Hey, why not in New Caledonia? It might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but since there are so many beautiful golden terrains available, why not check the nearest New Caledonia golf clubs and sign up for a course that’s friendly for your kids and your budget? Your kids can play separately, in kids’ groups, or you can all play together, whether you’re beginners, or if you want to teach them.

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Kite surfing

New Caledonia is a wind/kite surfing mecca for windsurfers. It’s a big step to enroll in this activity for anyone who isn’t professional, even with all the surfing schools and courses. But kite surfing on one of the open shores can be a great way to spend your day. It’s a simple pleasure that will grow quickly on any kid, plus it’s very affordable and available practically everywhere. You can sit back and take a few scenic photos of your kids kite-surifing as a memory. You already have the perfect background.

About the author

Marie Nieves is a student and a 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; she always carries one of her books in her bag.

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