Lagoon in New Caledonia
Part of New Caledonia's lagoon has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. This is the largest lagoon in the world, unique place where amateur scuba divers, freedivers or snorkelers are spoiled for choice when it comes to exploring the wonders of the Pacific.
New Caledonia alone concentrates 75% of France’s reefs and lagoons. Here the marine biodiversity is dense and exceptional with 24 000km² of protected lagoon, 350 coral species and close to 1600 fish species! The island’s environment is eye-enticing as it boasts lush vegetation and deserted islets dotting the perfectly azure waters. Sailing charters and other transportation professionals will take you on guided cruises. Enjoy a few days of dreamy sailing while you discover the lagoon’s secrets. From tranquil spots to popular islets, you can indulge nonchalantly or get adventurous and active. Famous for its breathtaking underwater scenery, the lagoon is a grand-scale playground for all divers. Whether amateur or pro, diving enthusiasts will be thrilled by New Caledonia’s abundant marine biodiversity. The lagoon is safe and it features many sheltered coves and uncrowded anchorage spots. Simply paradisiacal!
Discover the marine biodiversity of New Caledonia
Road Trips to the Southern Lagoon
The Southern Lagoon offers various spots with kaleidoscopic views of the coral gardens. Beyond that, the segrass beds and sandy areas are the dwelling of rays and bullhead sharks. Only twenty minutes from Noumea, the coral head of Tepava, south of the wave-platform of the islet of Maitre, is sure to win over both young and old.
For those who fancy a Robinson Crusoe-type adventure, there are numerous organizations offering one or two-day excursions out to sea and on an idyllic isle, with all the comfort one could ask for, leaving from Noumea or other towns of Grande Terre and the islands. Swimming, lazing in the sun, picnics on the beach and nights under the stars of the Milky Way await you.
Depart from Poindimié and cruise to the splendid islet of Tibarama. There, you can lounge, get some rest and unwind as you contemplate the tropical paradise surrounding you. Snorkel peacefully and indulge in a delicious timely picnic. Go on a guided diving tour and marvel at the beauty of preserved underwater sites.
Ouvéa Atoll, all of which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the true jewel in the crown of New Caledonia. Its waters are internationally recognized as some of the best diving spots in the world, especially the passes at Taureau and Styx.