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.
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.
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.
Get back to nature and visit…
- Ile des Pins (Isle of Pines).
- The Grande Randonnee.
- Mount Ouen Toro.