Discover the archipelago with fins

Snorkeling is popular throughout the archipelago of New Caledonia. Some spots are very popular, such as the natural pool of the Isle of Pines, the marine reserve of the Amedee Lighthouse, the guided tour of Duck Island or the beach of Poé in Bourail. 

Snorkeling in the lagoon allows you to get close to an array of unique fauna.. Emblematic animals such as the dugong and the turtle can be seen on most days. 

Tortue verte Océan eau turquoise

Dive in the most beautiful spots in New Caledonia.

Sea turtles, manta-rays, pelagic species, spectacular corals, grey sharks, "potatoes" of coral (which you don't step on so as not to damage this living animal)... More than 1,600 species of fish, 350 species of corals and at least 20,000 species of invertebrates, form a magnificent collection to explore during your underwater excursions. There are several dive sites that you must visit. 

The most beautiful dive sites in New Caledonia

Plongée Vanuatu Santo Poisson

The dive sites of Grande Terre

All around Grande-Terre, there are a multitude of diving spots that are full of diverse marine life. Here are the must-see spots to visit: 


The pass de Boulari 

The pass of Dumbéa 

The Toho 2 wreck and the Tepava Potato

The Poé fault

The Eagle Paradise

The Whale Cove

The Cathedral 

Hienga Bat Islet

The Doïmen Reef

La pointe au Cachalot

The Bargibanti

Ilot Brosse

The diving sites of the Isle of Pines

Your trip to New Caledonia could take you to the Isle of Pines. Take the opportunity to discover it’s best diving spots: 


La passe de Gié

The Noupoa fault

The cave of Gadji

Les falaises de Jokin de Lifou

Dive sites in the Loyalty Islands

The Loyalty Islands are not to be outdone and also offer magnificent spots where you can appreciate the exceptional colours of the ocean. In particular, in Lifou you can find the most spectacular spots for a diving trip: 


Les Patates de Notre-Dame 

Le Petit Tombant 

The Tomoko Caves 

The Gorgonian Reef

Let yourself be guided by the local dive centers

Wrecks, passes, drop offs, caves... Several approved clubs are set up along the east and west coasts of Grande Terre, but also on the Isle of Pines and the Loyalty Islands, to make the most of New Caledonia’s diving spots.

La Foa Nouvelle-Calédonie Plongée Océan

Enjoy a trip to the lagoon to (re)discover the pleasure of diving

If you want to live an adventure like Robinson Crusoe on the lagoon, many yachting companies offer excursions at sea or an islet. Tours can be arranged from Noumea or other areas of New Caledonia and range from day trips to several days on the water. 


In the North, divers can set up a tent on an islet and enjoy a night dive..

Lagon baignade

Aircalin makes it easy for you to dive on the island

Transport your sports equipment for free with Aircalin! *

Golf clubs, diving equipment, windsurfing boards, kiteboarding equipment, surfboards, bicycles, ... our sports loving passengers benefit from an additional baggage allowance of one piece of 23 kg for the transportation of their sports equipment.  

*Offer reserved for passengers holding an Aircalin ticket AND travelling on a flight operated by Aircalin (excludes flights operated by codeshare partner airlines), (except on our routes to and from Fiji, Wallis and Port-Vila where the sports baggage allowance is 10 kg).