We planned to go to papua new guinea for diving in february right after the australian open. But since the weather at that time is usually bad for papua new guinea, we decided at last minute to go to new caledonia.
new caledonia is about 2-3 hours flight away from sydney. So we had to fly from MEL to SYD fisrt, then spent a night at Syd because the flight does not connect until 11 am next day.
flight SYD-MEL : as we flew a few times already before with virgin in the past in Y, we had enough virgin points to book a one way business class for 27600 points, taxes included in the points reward.
New caledonia, or nouvelle caledonie , speaks french, follow french customs, and have the largest unesco world heritage protected lagoon in the world! south pacific lagoon + less tourism = good diving expected
you have to fly SYD to NOU airport first. NOU airport is located about 70 kms away from the main city, noumea. Once landed, transportation to city is either by bus or taxi. Taxi cost around 90 usd.
quantas and their partner, air calin does accept reward points booking with AVIOS. and since the distance is short, avios rewards is worth it. It cost 20000 avios plus $235 tax and fees for business class ticket one way per person. Compared to min $1000 usd pp one way.
The route is mostly leisure travelers, so it is super easy to book, lots of availability. If you book through BRitish airways avios website, enter nou as destination, and even if the avios website does not show you the name of the airport, ignore it and click search.