"Avoid flying Air Calin to islands" Nouméa Transportation Tip by toddytapper
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You may have confirmed reservations and tickets, but there is no guarantee you will get to your domestic destination with Air Caledonie. There are frequent strikes by airport personnel (baggage handlers, in particular), and there are strong labour unions in NC. There are stories about tourists who had to stay on nearby islands for a week because of strikes, missing their connecting flights.
Isles des Pins is the most popular destination, and there is a hydrofoil which takes a little over two hour to its destination, leaving at 7am and returning late in the day the same day--three times a week, W,S,S (their email is : firstname.lastname@example.org and www.betico.nc) but they plan to add another one soon so there will have daily transport. Check with the Tourism Information Center (email@example.com) for an update. We had no problem flying to Isle of Pines a couple of years ago, but this past year we came all the way from Atlanta just to visit the Isle, and the closest to it we got was the domestic airport at Noumea where we were informed there was a strike of unknown duration. Good luck if you decide to fly Air Caledonie!
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