West of Noumea in New Caledonia, the snorkeling off Ilot Signal is popular destination dive site in a marine park. Also known as Signal Island, this boat-accessed snorkeling dive is well known for its scenic reefs. During a Signal Island snorkeling dive, you may encounter bump-headed parrot fish, yellow perch, leopard sharks, green sea turtles, and dugongs. There is ...
West of Noumea in New Caledonia, the snorkeling off Ilot Signal is popular destination dive site in a marine park. Also known as Signal Island, this boat-accessed snorkeling dive is well known for its scenic reefs. During a Signal Island snorkeling dive, you may encounter bump-headed parrot fish, yellow perch, leopard sharks, green sea turtles, and dugongs. There is a huge diversity of hard corals, soft corals and giant clams. The best Ilot Signal snorkeling can be found during the months of June to September at high tide.
The Signal Island Marine Park is located about 20km west-southwest from Noumea. There are daily tours leaving each morning from Kuendu Beach on Noumea, or you can take a taxi boat (25 minutes offshore). There is a campground located on the island.
New Caledonia is considered to be one of the best snorkeling destinations in the world. Just around the capital of Noumea, there are over a half-dozen excellent shore-accessed and boat-accessed islands snorkel spots to explore. New Caledonia is encircled by the worlds largest lagoon by a 1,600km reef, which is the third largest reef system worldwide. These lagoon waters provide habitat to over 300 coral species and 1,500 fish species along with dugongs, turtles and manta rays. The best New Caledonia snorkeling can be found during the dry/cool season from May through October, with the prime manta ray season from March through September. The region is known for rain and wind from November to April which lowers the water clarity.
To reach the snorkeling in New Caledonia by air, fly into Tontouta International Airport (NOU) in Noumea. This airport has direct flights to Tahiti, Japan, New Zealand and Australia via Air France, Aircalin, Qantas and Air New Zealand. Once in Noumea, there are inter-island flights provided by Air Calédonie from Magenta airport in Noumea to Isle of Pines and the Loyalty Islands. Within the Loyalty Islands, Air Loyauté provides quick inter-island service. For ferry boat access to Isle of Pines, Maré or Lifou, there is a high-speed catamaran service provided by Betico.
Overall, Ilot Signal is the 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 17 snorkeling dives in New Caledonia. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Ilot Signal including Anse Vata, Chateau Royal Beach, L'ile Aux Canards, Ilot Amedee, Ilot Goeland and Ilot Laregnere.
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