Welcome to Grande Terre

The island is surrounded by its legendary World Heritage–listed lagoon, though this is not Grande Terre's only 'green gold'. The other is garnierite, a silicate rich in nickel that has fueled the country's economy since its discovery in 1864.

Administratively, Grande Terre is divided into two districts, Province Nord (the North) and Province Sud (the South). Île des Pins is officially part of Province Sud.

Top experiences in Grande Terre

Grande Terre activities

$28.70 Tours & Sightseeing

Guided City Orientation Tour of Noumea

On this 90 minute tour, you will be picked up from your accommodation and will travel in new air-conditioned vehicles. Make your way from Noumea’s different Bays to the city center while viewing and exploring attractions along the way. Make the most of all of the sights and attractions of Noumea with your experienced guide who will provide all of the information you need about the capital and relate local stories you would never have heard otherwise. You will leave New Caledonia having learned the fundamental things about Noumea, and most importantly, having enjoyed your time doing it. On this tour you will enjoy several stops, most which have excellent views. Stops included on your tour include the look out at Ouen Toro, Anse Vata Bay, Lemon Bay, Orphelinat Bay, Coconut Square, look out over Noumea, the supermarket or French bakery, local market and the colonial house.

$86.10 Cultural & Theme Tours

Half-Day Cultural or Botanical New Caledonia Tour from Nouméa

On this tour you have the choice of two options. The main tour option has a cultural theme with a stop at Tjibaou Cultural Center where you will be initiated to the Custom Gesture.The second tour option has a botanical theme with a stop at a vantage point over the Grand South. The Jurassic Park scenery will transport you back to the time of dinosaurs discovering some of the 3500 native plants growing in the red ground.Both tour options suggest you to stop at “Plum Spring” to taste New Caledonia’s very own mineral water directly from the source, as well as a visit to the Miracle Church, the oldest church in New Caledonia before returning to Noumea via some historical landmark buildings.On this tour you will enjoy several stops, most which have excellent views. Stops included on your tour include Sainte Marie bay, Côte Blanche and his famous Vernier Promenade, Tjibaou Cultural Center (cultural option only), Plum Spring, Jurassic Park view point (botanical option only), look out over Noumea, Faubourg-Blanchot: Maison Celières (guide to explain about old typical colonial style houses and the history of this neighborhood). At the end of your tour you will be taken back to your Noumea accommodation.

$47.84 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Signal Island Turtle Tour from Noumea

• 9 AM : meet you at the boarding point  • 9.15 : departure from the cruise ship terminal to SIGNAL ISLAND, with the water taxi. This is an uncovered boat : plan sunscreen and clothes to protect you from the sun. Water will  splashing on your face but we have all the equipment to protect you. This tour is reserved for peoples under 70 years old and in good physical condition. It's a physical inflatable boat ride to go to the ISland,  you will be shaking on the boat. • 9.45 AM : land on SIGNAL ISLAND • From 9.40 AM to 12.50 PM: Enjoy white sand beaches and Swim with the turtle. You can also observe colorful marine life along coral reefs, with your equipment and personal instruction from your skipper (if you need we can provided you mask and tuba). To be able to appreciate this excursions and to put all the chances on your side to see turtles: you must be experienced swimmer (comfortable in the water, know how to swim long enough). If not, you can even see colored coral and fish… We don't guarantee you will see or swim with turtles, because it depends your snorkeling level and the weather conditions.  We are not on a Marineland park, the turtles are on their natural environments.  Signal Island is a very good area for find & swim with turtles, about 90 % of cruisers are successful  to seeing them… • 12.50 AM come back to Noumea . • 1.30 pm: arrival at Cruise ship terminalYou can do snorkeling there, it will be better if you can take you own snorkeling gears. We can provide you snorkeling gears if you ask us.

$28.70 Transfers & Ground Transport

Airport Transfer: Noumea to La Tontouta International Airport

The professional drivers are uniformed, courteous, & well-trained. They offer continuous service from the airport as well as return service from your hotel.After checking your name on his passengers list and taking your luggage you will be guided to the shuttle. You are offered a spacious and comfortable vehicles.It is recommend to check with your hotel regarding your pick up time one day before.When arriving at the airport, you go directly to the shuttle from baggage claim. You will not be redirected to a waiting area.If you have a connection between Magenta Airport (Domestic) and Tontouta Airport, it is strongly recommend to spend your last night in Noumea and to not take your international flight on the same day as your domestic flight.

$86.11 Outdoor Activities

Half-Day Bird and Wildlife Watching Tour from Noumea

Your guide will pick you up directly from your hotel at 1:30pm for your half-day tour. The beautiful zoological and botanical gardens at the heart of Noumea protects over 700 animals including many birds. Wander along peaceful paths, walk through native shurbs and tropical dry forest. Discover the diversity of the Caledonian forest and the incredible views of the sea's backdrops. You will come across native species such as the endemic flightless Kagu, the flying foxes, the imperial pigeon, various colorful parakeets but also animal species originating from various countries (monkeys, black swans etc.). The forest section, where 126 plant species have been recorded, 35 of which are endemic, has numerous walks through various types of vegetation. Paths are marked with explanatory signs. The park also includes a very pleasant 2-hour pedestrian trail.A 300m2 decking area and a 150m-long footbridge enable you to get a better view of the aquatic life (ducks, egrets, cormorants etc.).

$28.70 Transfers & Ground Transport

Airport Transfer: La Tontouta International Airport to Noumea

Upon your arrival at La Tontouta International Airport you will be met by your transfer representative and greeted at the arrival door. Your representative will be holding a signboard with your name on it.After taking your luggage you will be guided to the transfer desk. A refreshment will be offered and if you wish you can enjoy the VIP lounge to relax, watch TV, check the internet or ask for any advice for your stay in New Caledonia from the service agents.The shuttle bus will be at La Tontouta International Airport 10-minutes before your arrival, and it will transfer you safely and quickly to your hotel or address in Nouméa. The duration of your transfer will be approximatively 1-hour from La Tontouta International Airport to Noumea.If you have a connection to Magenta Airport (Domestic) we recommend 4-hours between your arrival in La Tontouta Airport to your departure to Noumea Airport.

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