New Caledonia is a special collectivity of France in the southwest Pacific Ocean. This country is a group of islands and a part of the Melanesia region. The archipelago includes the Loyalty Islands, Grand Terre, the Isles of Pines, the Belep archipelago, Chesterfields Islands, and a few remote islets. the country is famous for its palm-lined beaches and aquatic-life-rich lagoon, which stretches in an area of around 24,000 square kilometers. There is a massive barrier reef surrounding the main island of the country. New Caledonia also features many scuba diving sites. Other major tourist attractions here include excellent restaurants, luxury boutiques, and more.
Popular Destinations in New Caledonia
Noumea is the capital of New Caledonia. The city is situated on the main
island - Grand Terre. Noumea is famous for its lovely beaches and a
mixed-bag of native Kanak and French influences. The Kanak heritage can be
explored at the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre. An excellent place to
visit for history buffs, the Musee de Nouvelle-Caledonie boasts exhibits
from across the Pacific region. Nature lovers can visit the Aquarium des
Lagons introducing visitors with local marine life.
Isle of Pines
The Isle of Pines is an island in New Caledonia. The island is in the
southeast of the main island, Grande Terre. The island is famous for its
tall pine trees and white sand beaches. Located in the northeast of the
city, Oro Bay boasts a natural pool circumscribed by a coral reef. In the
south of the island is the Kuto Bay. In neighboring Kanumera Bay, there is
a large rock considered holy by the locals. This rock sits just offshore in
in the bay. Located on the western side of the island is the village of
Ouro, the ruins of a 19th-century French penal colony attract history buffs
to it. Several exiled political prisoners were convicted here.
The Loyalty Islands
Loyalty Islands comprise six islands. All these islands have their own
charm and attractions. The largest island among them is Lifou boasting
pristine beaches, deep tropical forests, huge caves, volcanic cliffs, and
an affluent history. Another beautiful island of the Loyalty Islands, Mare
boasts a wild beauty, with carved cliffs, dark forests, basalt rocks, and
long undisturbed beaches. The smallest of the Loyalty Islands, Tiga can be
visited as a day trip from Lifou.