Accommodation in Grande Terre

The main island of Grande Terre is one of the largest islands in the Pacific, it is 450 km long and 50 km wide. From north to south is the high mountain range the “Chaîne Central”. The 1628 m high “Mont Panié”(Hienghène) is a reserve exceptionally rich in native plant species. In the southwest lies the second summit of New Caledonia, the “Mont Humbolt”(Païta) of 1618 meters high. The mountainous interior is overgrown with jungle. You will see wild rivers, misty mountain peaks and many beautifully colored birds.

There are plenty of accommodation options on Grande Terre.

Directors Choice – Top Hotels for all Budgets

Director of Pacific Island Travel, Rob Kusters shares his top picks of Hotels, Resorts and accommodation on Grande Terre for all budgets!

L Escapade Island Resort
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L Escapade Island Resort

“Ilot Maitre is just 20 minutes by boat from Noumea. Off the coast is a protected marine park. There are 44 garden and beach bungalows. If you choose to stay in one of the 25 water bungalows you will get the pure South Sea feeling.”

More information about Grande Terre

Outrigger Canoe, Grande Terre1. Boat trip

In Nuku’alofa is – prominently on the Waterfront you will find the royal palace of Tonga. Living here for generations are the kings of Tonga. The white wooden palace was built in colonial style, set in a beautifully landscaped garden palace.

Kayaking Grande Terre 2. Hire a kayak

Hire a kayak or canoe to explore New Caledonia’s network of rivers, streams and lakes.

Ile des pins 3. Ile des Pins
Venture over to the Ile des Pins, discovered by Captain Cook in 1774, and lying 70km (45 miles) off Grande Terre. This exceedingly beautiful island has many white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, lush rainforests, pines, orchids and ferns not to mention archaeological remains. Day trips are available from Nouméa.

Hiring a car to travel around the main island of Grand Terre is a great way to experience what this pacific island has to offer and is arguably the easiest and best way to explore Grand Terre. The roads are generally of a high standard and the highway speed limit on the west coast is 110km/h, allowing for fast travel up and down this coast.