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 13th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Isle of Pines, kick back and relax at Piscine Naturelle, then kick back and relax at Oro Bay, and finally explore the activities along Kanumera Bay. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Nokanhoui and then stroll through Kuto Bay.

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Sydney, Australia to Ile Des Pins is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Ile Des Pins due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ile Des Pins, with lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can 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: head off the coast to Ile aux Canards island, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de la Baie des Citrons, and see the interesting displays at Tjibaou Cultural Center.

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Getting from Ile Des Pins to Noumea by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Pele Island in Pele Island (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Evergreen Cascades Waterfall, explore the activities along Blue Lagoon, admire the natural beauty at The Secret Garden, and stop by Gallery Blong Vanuatu.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Port Vila trip planner.

Getting from Noumea to Port Vila by flight takes about 5 hours. March in Port Vila sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Nadi.
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Nadi, Fiji — 3 nights

Home to the country's primary international airport, Nadi serves as the gateway to Fiji.
Go for a jaunt from Nadi to Sigatoka to see Natadola Beach about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Port Denarau Marina, push the limits with an extreme tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool, and take in nature's colorful creations at Garden of the Sleeping Giant.

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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, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly 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.