12 days in New Caledonia, Vanuatu & Fiji Itinerary

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Fly to Noumea, Bus to Ile Des Pins
Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia
— 2 nights
Noumea, New Caledonia
— 3 nights
Port Vila, Vanuatu
— 3 nights
Nadi, Fiji
— 3 nights


Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia — 2 nights

L'ile la plus proche du paradis (the island closest to paradise)

Just a little way off the southern end of Grand Terre, Île des Pins (the Isle of Pines) gets its name from the tall columnar pines that stick out of the surrounding vegetation like bristles on a brush.
On the 12th (Sun), head off the coast to Isle of Pines, stroll through Piscine Naturelle, then enjoy the sand and surf at Oro Bay, and finally explore the activities along Kanumera Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Nokanhoui and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kuto Bay.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ile Des Pins online travel planner.

Sydney, Australia to Ile Des Pins is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sydney to Ile Des Pins, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ile Des Pins when traveling from Sydney in March, with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Noumea.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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Noumea, New Caledonia — 3 nights

Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Noumea is known for nature, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Ile aux Canards island, take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Ville de Noumea, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie, and examine the collection at Tjibaou Cultural Center.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Noumea trip planning website.

Getting from Ile Des Pins to Noumea by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly to Port Vila.
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Port Vila, Vanuatu — 3 nights

The capital of Vanuatu and the largest settlement on Efate, Port Vila plays home to a number of busy markets, cafes, bars, and restaurants catering to the tourism industry.
Take a break from Port Vila with a short trip to Pele Island in Pele Island, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Evergreen Cascades Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Lagoon, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and stop by Gallery Blong Vanuatu.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Port Vila day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Noumea to Port Vila takes 5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Port Vila can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Nadi.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Nadi, Fiji — 3 nights

Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Step out of Nadi with an excursion to Natadola Beach in Sigatoka--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: go for a stroll along the water at Port Denarau Marina, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and admire the natural beauty at Garden of the Sleeping Giant.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nadi driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Port Vila to Nadi in 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Port Vila to Nadi. In March, daily temperatures in Nadi can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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New Caledonia travel guide

Beaches · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
An archipelago consisting of the sizable Grande Terre as well as a scattering of smaller surrounding islands, New Caledonia has many of the tourist draws characteristic of the South Pacific: long sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, azure lagoons, and coral reefs. It also supports many unique species of plants and animals, such as the tall conifers that tower above the palm trees lining the waterside. Nature lovers on holiday in New Caledonia should head to the lagoon that surrounds Grande Terre: a World Heritage Site and one of the largest lagoons in the world, it is home to countless species of marine life, including endangered dugongs and green sea turtles. The local culture blends French chic and Melanesian warmth, and it is usually a only short walk from the beach to a stylish bar, cafe, or gourmet restaurant.

Vanuatu travel guide

Waterfalls · Nature & Parks · Bodies of Water
Composed of 83 rugged islands spread out over a stretch of nearly 1,300 km (810 mi), Vanuatu features a huge diversity of natural environments and cultures. A fusion of British, French, Polynesian, and Melanesian influences, the nation combines devout religious devotion with the slow, relaxed pace of island life. Lush rainforests and thriving coral sanctuaries abound across the island chain and feature a colorful array of native wildlife and plant species that make for fantastic snorkeling, diving, and hiking excursions. Active volcanoes remain among the biggest attractions in Vanuatu, along with the chain's stunning beaches and shimmering blue waters. Despite the nation's harsh volcanic landscapes, rocky coast, and lack of arable land, Vanuatu is a warm and welcoming place to visit, as its people do everything they can to make tourists feel right at home.

Fiji travel guide

Located at the heart of the Central Pacific, Fiji is an archipelago of 333 islands and hundreds more tiny islets, many of which are uninhabited. The land masses range from vast Viti Levu, mountainous and covered in green jungle, to private desert islands available for rent. With bountiful sunshine, white sand beaches, tranquil oceans, and lush rainforest, it is no surprise that ecotourism in Fiji thrives. Local culture combines indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian, and European influences in a vibrant mix, with many of the smaller islands still retaining a strong element of traditional island life. Explore the countless pockets of paradise to find your favorite.