New Caledonia offers a choice of highly diversified accommodation options ranging from 5-star hotels of an international standard, to Melanesian gîtes and even a farm stay.
The vast majority of accommodation options are concentrated in Nouméa and its surrounding area (South province), and mainly comprise mid- and superior-category hotels, alongside apartment-hotels which are a relatively recent addition and are ideal for families.
Inland and in the North province, the choice is extensive (bungalows, Bed & Breakfasts, gîtes, eco-lodges etc), particularly attractive and will suit every budget. Occasionally a little spartan, tribal hut accommodation (gîte tribal) or rooms in the house of a local farmer will provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in Kanak culture, particularly on the east coast of Grande Terre and in the Loyalty islands.
In tribal huts, guests generally sleep in typical Melanesian huts set slightly apart from the family house. In the Loyalty islands, the “Accueil en tribu des îles” label, created in 2011, enables visitors to stay in a tribal hut alongside local inhabitants in the island’s tribal areas (terre coutumière).
Accommodation is divided into three categories with a frangipane flower ratings system, and the network covers around 30 tribal hut properties.
An extensive choice including hotels and Bed & Breakfasts is also available for visitors looking to stay in the Loyalty islands or on the Île des Pins.
It is also possible to camp almost anywhere (except in Nouméa) on fully equipped campsites in the heart of nature, as well as occasionally in the grounds of tribal gîtes in Kanak villages.
Wild camping is strictly forbidden across the whole of New Caledonia.