Diving in New Caledonia

Sitting in the Coral Sea between Australia and Fiji, New Caledonia is a French collectivity consisting of a small group of islands. During your holiday here, the landscape’s beauty and diversity will captivate you. Enjoy surrounding yourself with rich cultural heritage, kind, multi-ethnic locals, and a never-ending range of activities. Diving, snorkeling, hiking, and lounging on the beach make for an unforgettable getaway.

The small island of New Caledonia enjoys a subtropical climate tempered by the ocean. Trade winds from the southeast make diving here pleasant year-round. The island is surrounded by one of the most extensive barrier reefs in the world, forming the world’s largest lagoon. This diverse underwater topography is full of swim-throughs, caves, and drop-offs with no shortage of shipwrecks to explore. The country’s marine life will keep divers coming back for more. Colorful, healthy coral is everywhere and home to a rich variety of life from rays, sharks, and turtles, to multicolored reef fish, dolphins, and dugongs. Plan your diving holiday in New Caledonia between July and September to hear the mystical song of the humpback whales.

Facts about New Caledonia

Languages fr
Currency XPF
Timezone UTC+07:00 - UTC+09:00
Tipping 0-10% / Restaurant Staff / Service charges are typically added to restaurant bills, eliminating the need to tip.
Dial Code +
Electricity 220V/50Hz
Power Plug Type F
Wildlife in New Caledonia Copy
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Whales
Humpback Whale
Pilot Whale
Dolphins
Common Dolphin
Bottlenose Dolphin
Pilot Whale
Spinner Dolphin
Sharks
Whale Shark
Great White Shark
Tiger Shark
Blue Shark
Great Hammerhead Shark
Scalloped Hammerhead
Oceanic Whitetip Shark
Thresher Shark
Lemon Shark
Bull Shark
Silvertip Shark
Silky Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark
Nurse Shark
Zebra Shark
Grey Reef Shark
Sawshark
Rays
Giant Pacific Manta
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Skate (fish)
Guitarfish
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Reptiles
Banded Sea Krait
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Pygmy Seahorse
Common Seahorse
Pipefish
Fishes
Ocean Sunfish
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Tarpon
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Conger eel
Wolf Eel
Crevalle jack
Panther Moray Eel (Dragon Eel)
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Frogfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Molluscs
Octopus
Crustaceans
Crayfish
Wildlife in New Caledonia Copy
  Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec
Whales
Humpback Whale
Pilot Whale
Dolphins
Common Dolphin
Bottlenose Dolphin
Pilot Whale
Spinner Dolphin
Sharks
Whale Shark
Great White Shark
Tiger Shark
Blue Shark
Great Hammerhead Shark
Scalloped Hammerhead
Oceanic Whitetip Shark
Thresher Shark
Lemon Shark
Bull Shark
Silvertip Shark
Silky Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark
Nurse Shark
Zebra Shark
Grey Reef Shark
Sawshark
Rays
Giant Pacific Manta
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Skate (fish)
Guitarfish
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Reptiles
Banded Sea Krait
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Pygmy Seahorse
Common Seahorse
Pipefish
Fishes
Ocean Sunfish
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Tarpon
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Conger eel
Wolf Eel
Crevalle jack
Panther Moray Eel (Dragon Eel)
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Frogfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Molluscs
Octopus
Crustaceans
Crayfish

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