This year, treat yourself and your family, to something truly special by going on a unique vacation to New Caledonia. With a price tag that is cheaper than a family trip to France, this South Pacific tropical destination will be an adventure everyone will enjoy. Still, every mom knows you need to plan your trip. So before you ship out, here are some activities that will help you plan your stay, and make it a truly relaxing experience.
Enjoy Nouméa’s Beach Extravaganza
As soon as you check into your hotel, drop everything and head to the beach! On Nouméa, a short walk is all that separates you from one of its stunning, tropical, wind-sheltered Kuendu Beach, which is a favorite among Nouméans. The pearly beach is shaded creating a tranquil oasis, while the calm water is perfect for younger, more inexperienced swimmers. Just off Rue Gervolino, Magenta Beach is known for its low tide, and has its own park, equipped with picnic tables and BBQs making it a favorite among local families. Starting off at its namesake creek, Anse Vata Beach is the longest one in Nouméa, stretching along the entire length of the bay. The palm-fringed beach is covered by white sand, fittingly situated near the shopping mall, for all your day-to-day requirements.
All Aboard the Island Train
For a fun-filled day with the kids in New Caledonia, climb aboard Le petit train in Nouméa. The train ride will mesmerize its youngest passengers, as it chugs through the city to the Notre Dame du Pacifique. Once there, the entire family can bask in the stunning city panorama while munching on some French pastries on the house. The Tchou Tchou ride stops off at the Parc Zoologique et Forestier, where eager minds will be captivated by the local wildlife. The train allows you to scope out the surrounding sights, and is the cheapest mode of transportation in the city.
Discover the Isle of Pines
A trip to the Isle of Pines is a must-see family day trip in any guide book, so make sure it finds its place among your New Caledonia travel packages. The tour starts-off with a native tribal welcoming dance, before you climb into a mini-bus with its own local guide. As you pass through local villages, you stop and visit the most significant sights, like the Notre Dame de l‘Assomption Church. Kids will be overjoyed to run around playing with local children among the ancient totems at Saint Maurice Bay, and discover the ruins of the Isle of Pines prison. Once the tour ends, the entire family can put on their swimsuits and head of to the unspoiled turquoise waters at Kuto Beach, for some much deserved sun, surf and pearly white sand.
Dive into an Adventure at Yejele Beach
Another great adventure will unfold once you step onto the shore of Maré Island. New Caledonia’s southernmost island is home to the remote beauty of Yejele Beach. The shallow sparkling sapphire waters offer a world class swimming experience. Due to its proximity to the world’s third largest coral reef, kids will have a blast witnessing the real-life characters from Finding Nemo, as the corals are abundant in turtles, clown fish and other technicolor tropical fish. As the kids soak up the water, you can sit back and soak up the sun, while lounging in one of Yejele’s beach huts, offering a wide variety of local foods and drinks.
A Romantic Getaway for Two
Time with kids is time well spent, but time away from them with your partner in crime is time both of you need. Check if you have a babysitting service at your hotel, and then ignite the passion in your heart by visiting the dreamy Heart of Voh. The amorous lagoon sits inside an enchanting mangrove forest, and remains the favorite hiking trail among couples in New Caledonia. After you have worked up an appetite, head back into the city, and enjoy some of New Caledonia’s local delicacies, like bougna, or enjoy a tropical picnic at sunset overlooking the seductive lagoon.
Every busy mom knows just how tiring being a round-the-clock parent really is, and a family vacation in New Caledonia is just what the doctor ordered. The ideal destination for any busy mom who wants to sit back, relax, and enjoy a tropical paradise with her family.
Marie Nieves is student and blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design. Marie loves to talk about her experiences and she is regular author on several blogs. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and G+.