Microlight flight over the lagoon and the shark fault in Bourail, New Caledonia.Overflight of the Faille aux requins, Bourail
©Overflight of the Faille aux requins, Bourail|Chris Fynes

Scenic flights

in New Caledonia

Are you craving a breath of fresh air and an opportunity to explore New Caledonia from the stunning blue skies? Prepare for an exhilarating journey aboard a ULM, paramotor, or gyrocopter!

Exploring New Caledonia's Landscapes

from Above

New Caledonia boasts rich marine and terrestrial ecosystems found nowhere else on Earth, providing an unparalleled diversity of landscapes. Among these wonders are a 24,000 km² lagoon, a 1,600 km long coral reef, an expansive submerged forest, and dramatic limestone cliffs. These natural marvels reveal their true splendour from the heavens! Whether you choose a ULM (Ultra Light Motorised), gyrocopter, helicopter, paramotor, or seaplane, the emotions evoked by these landscapes blend seamlessly with the thrill of flight. The open cockpit of paramotors and gyrocopters allows you to spot intricate details below, from marine creatures like turtles, whales, and dolphins to capturing stunning photographs. And let’s not forget the sensation of flying, especially if the pilot entrusts you with the controls for a few unforgettable moments. Depending on your choice of aircraft or the specific part of the archipelago you are visiting, here are the most exceptional spots to behold from the Caledonian skies!

Island Escapades


With a helicopter, you can embark on a romantic journey that includes a visit to a secluded islet or combines a helicopter flight with jet skiing and snorkelling near Nouméa’s islets—an extraordinary experience!

Coral reef


From the capital city of New Caledonia, a plethora of flight options awaits you: flight baptisms in microlights or helicopters, flight lessons, or a leisurely flight. These diverse offerings allow you to discover the coral reef, the iconic Amédée Lighthouse, the picturesque islets around Nouméa, and the historic wreck of the Ever Prosperity from a unique perspective. These flights offer breathtaking views of Nouméa and its picturesque bays.

Heart of Voh

West Coast

In the northern reaches of New Caledonia, do not miss the Heart of Voh, made famous by Yann Arthus-Bertrand‘s photography, nestled within the midst of the mangrove swamp. It stands as one of the top sites to witness from the air, offering the only vantage point to truly appreciate the heart-shaped formation in the vegetation. Departing from Koumac or Koné (or Magenta via helicopter), your journey takes you over the UNESCO-listed lagoon, adorned with magnificent islets boasting pristine white sandy beaches, the trou bleu d’Oundjo, and the splendid coral reef. Additionally, you’ll pass by the Nickel du Nord plant and its imposing mining site, backed by the Koniambo massif.

Sarah Caledonian DreamSarah Caledonian Dream
©Sarah Caledonian Dream

That flight over the Heart of Voh was incredible! It was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. Just thinking about it brings back all the sensations and emotions and makes me want to cry.

Sarah Diawara, Caledonian Dream season 2

Poé in Bourail

West Coast

When flying over the Poé lagoon, the turquoise waters appear even more intense, revealing the incredible transparency of the ocean. It’s not uncommon to follow in the wake of sea turtles or rays and observe playful dolphins. The microlight flights from Poé aerodrome provide spectacular views of landmarks such as La Roche Percée & Baie des Tortues, Poé beach, the shark fault, passe de Gouaro, Île Verte, Deva Domain, passe Mara, and more. Bourail also offers seaplane flights, allowing take-offs and landings on the lagoon’s surface. The Poé base serves as a launchpad for paramotor flights, offering fantastic photo opportunities. Additionally, you can enjoy a scenic flight over the Poé lagoon departing from Nouméa-Magenta via helicopter.

From the valleys to the lagoon of La Foa

West Coast

Departing from the Ouatom aerodrome in La Foa (or Magenta via helicopter), you can enjoy panoramic views of farmlands, Fort Teremba, the lagoon and Moindou reef, and the illuminated valleys and river of La Foa beneath the gentle morning light.

Tiébaghi mine

and caves of Koumac

Setting off from the Koumac aerodrome (or Magenta via helicopter), take delight in spotting the Koumac Caves, the rocks of Notre-Dame, the historic village of Tiébaghi, and soar over Koumac’s lagoon and islets. An option includes flying over Boat Pass to the northern tip and islets of Poum.

The Isle of Pines’ lagoon

The Islands

Departing from Magenta airfield, a helicopter flight over the south coast and the Isle of Pines delivers a breathtaking panorama of columnar pines, ivory-white beaches, and turquoise waters. Witness the distinctive shape of Ilot Brosse (Brush Islet), the extensive Kuto beach, Gadji Bay, and scattered villages below.

The Brooding Hen and rock formations in Hienghène

East Coast

Welcome to the land of colossal rock giants! Setting off from the Touho airfield, a microlight flight over Hienghène, the lagoon, islets, the renowned Brooding Hen (La Poule Couveuse) rock formation, and the awe-inspiring Lindéralique rocks surrounding Hienghène promises a truly extraordinary experience. The return journey via the coastal road is equally exceptional!

Combined helicopter and 4x4

Great South

From Magenta aerodrome, an original package deal allows you to experience the southern plains and red mountains from the air with a helicopter flight over the reef. Afterward, traverse 4×4 tracks amidst the kaori trees and pines of the Champ de Bataille plain for an unforgettable combination of experiences!

Prony Bay

Great South

Microlights and helicopters exploring the Great South region depart from Nouméa-Magenta domestic airport. As they glide through the South Lagoon, you’ll witness the wonders of the region, including Yaté Lake, the expansive drowned forest with gum oak trunks rising from its waters, Madeleine Falls, the Woodin Canal, Prony Bay, and the iconic Amédée Lighthouse—all the way to the coral barrier. From above, the stark contrasts between the rich red laterite soil, verdant mining scrubland, lush vegetation, and the vibrant blue lagoon offer incredible photo opportunities. From mid-July to mid-September, humpback whales visit the Caledonian lagoon for calving, providing an incredible aerial spectacle that will fill your heart with emotions for years to come!

Frequently asked questions about microlight flights in New Caledonia
  • Can I fly as a pair?

    Ultralights, paramotors, and gyrocopters typically accommodate two passengers, with one seat for the pilot and another for the passenger. If you prefer to fly as a duo, consider a helicopter flight. However, a few ULM providers do offer simultaneous duo flights, featuring two pilots and two ULMs departing simultaneously.

  • Where can we take off from?

    Tourist flights are available throughout the Caledonian territory, with take-off runways at various airfields on Grande Terre, including Nouméa-Magenta, Poé, La Foa, Koné, Koumac, and Touho.

  • When is the best time to fly?

    Flights are available year-round, but the cooler season typically offers clearer skies and better visibility. For optimal lighting conditions, schedule your flight in the morning between 8 am and 12 pm.

  • How can I take microlight lessons?

    Several flight schools in New Caledonia offer introductory courses lasting 45 minutes to 1 hour, as well as preparatory courses for the ULM pilot’s licence. To obtain this certification, you must meet specific requirements:

    • Be at least 15 years old.
    • Hold a theoretical certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (This involves a multiple-choice exam administered by territorial delegations).
    • Successfully complete a ground test and flight test under the supervision of an instructor from the corresponding class.
  • Is there a maximum weight limit for flying?

    For microlights, gyrocopters, and paramotors, the weight limit typically ranges around 95 kg per passenger. Helicopters may have a limit of 110 or 130 kg per person.

  • Is there a minimum age for flying?

    There is no specific minimum age for flying. Children can take flights from a young age, provided they can independently unfasten their seatbelt and have parental consent.

  • Does it get turbulent during the flight?

    Unlike airliners, there are no significant air pockets. However, the combination of cold air masses and sun-heated ground may create minor eddies. Gyrocopters and helicopters can remain stationary for several minutes thanks to their propellers.

  • How do I choose between different aircrafts?
    • Seaplanes allow you to take off directly from the water and land on water, offering a unique experience available from Poé in Bourail. Seaplanes are environmentally friendly in the lagoon, producing no underwater propeller disturbances or exhaust emissions.
    • Helicopters provide the comfort and security of an enclosed cockpit. They are an excellent option for tandem flights, accommodating up to three passengers in the cockpit.
    • Gyrocopters combine elements of microlights and helicopters, allowing for stationary flight, making them ideal for photography and leisurely flights.
    • Paramotors fly at slow speeds and offer an open cockpit, perfect for contemplation and photography. You can experience paramotor flights exclusively at Poé.