Spotlight on New Caledonia

19 August 2016
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Choosing between a taste of France or an island escape to the Pacific? Luckily, New Caledonia has the best of both. It may not be as well known as its oceanic neighbours Fiji and Vanuatu, but that’s all part of its charm.

This French territory effortlessly blends Melanesian and Gallic influences and there’s nowhere better to experience this melange than the city of Noumea. The cosmopolitan capital is comfortable catering to a discerning crowd, boasting plenty of Parisian-esque restaurants and shopping boutiques close to its cruise port.

A person sits under a beach umbrella in New Caledonia. Picture yourself in New Caledonia. Picture: Getty Images

The Pebble (Le Caillou), as it’s known in French, is also an archipelago primed for outdoor pursuits. Home to the world’s largest coral lagoon, as well as pristine beaches and a spectacular outlying island dotted with pines, New Caledonia offers ample opportunity to immerse yourself in nature.

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Enjoy a taste of France at…

  • La Chaumiere.
  • Le Fare.
  • L'Hippocampe.
The spires of the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre rise above the tree tops in New Caledonia. The architecturally wonderful Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre. Picture: Getty Images

Take a cultural detour to…

  • Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre.
  • Musee de Nouvelle Caledonie.
  • Le Musee Maritime.

Explore Noumea’s districts of…

  • Vallee des Colons.
  • Quartier Latin.
  •  Faubourg Blanchot.
Ocean and islands stretching into the distance from the top of Mount Ouen Toro in New Caledonia. The view from Mount Ouen Toro. Picture: Getty Images

Get back to nature and visit…

  • Ile des Pins (Isle of Pines).
  • The Grande Randonnee.
  • Mount Ouen Toro.

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