New Caledonia Overview
The French colony of New Caledonia is distinctly different to many of the nearby Pacific nations as it is full of charming French touches such as chalets, churches, French cuisine and mountaintop restaurants. Situated between Australia and Vanuatu, the territory is comprised of the Grand Terre, the Loyalty Islands and a number of picturesque small islands and atolls.
Grande Terre is the main island in New Caledonia, featuring an enormous barrier reef. This is the perfect place for water sports such as scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and boating. It goes without saying that there are a number of spectacular sandy beaches here, and simply laying on the sand is a popular pastime.
Although sparsely populated, there is plenty to see and do on the Liberty Islands such as exploring hidden caves and secluded beaches. Climb the cliff of Lifou to witness spectacular views and take a boat trip to Ouvéa to relax on the beach or beside a stunning lagoon. It is a good idea to hire a boat with a driver for a day or two in order to fully explore.
Accommodation in New Caledonia
Accommodation in New Caledonia is generally in very good condition and can be found to suit every price range. However, restaurants tend to be expensive and those on a strict budget will need to buy food from local markets. All goods have to be imported to New Caledonia and are very expensive compared to other parts of the Pacific.
Airport in New Caledonia
New Caledonia Airport is located in Paita, which is 52kms northwest of the capital city. There airport receives direct flights from a number of international destinations such as Paris, Tokyo, Australia, New Zealand and various places in Southeast Asia. There is also a major port at Noumea, and a large number of travellers arrive here by boat from various nearby islands and nations.