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Nearby images in New Caledonia


A: The Tree & The Sunset

by Gregory Panayotou, 10 meters away

The Tree &  The Sunset

B: MoonRise Over Ouano Lagoon

by Gregory Panayotou, 30 meters away

MoonRise Over Ouano Lagoon

C: Flying Over Ouano Surf Camp

by Gregory Panayotou, 50 meters away

Flying Over Ouano Surf Camp

D: Ouano Surf Camp Garden

by Gregory Panayotou, 80 meters away

Ouano Surf Camp Garden

E: Sunset At Low Tide

by Gregory Panayotou, 250 meters away

Sunset At Low Tide

F: Approaching the Mangrove Swamp

by Gregory Panayotou, 290 meters away

Approaching the Mangrove Swamp

G: Orange Sunset

by Gregory Panayotou, 310 meters away

Orange Sunset

H: Sunset Over Ouano Bay

by Gregory Panayotou, 770 meters away

Sunset Over Ouano Bay

I: Ouano Overlook New Caledonia

by Richard Chesher, 930 meters away

Exercise is definately good for the spirit and hiking up a winding trail to enjoy a vista like this o...

Ouano Overlook New Caledonia

J: Tiny Desert Beach

by Gregory Panayotou, 3.0 km away

Tiny Desert Beach

This panorama was taken in New Caledonia

This is an overview of New Caledonia

New Caledonia is the closest South Pacific Island to Australia and New Zealand. It is a French Territory and although the official language is French the culture is a blend of Melanesian, European, Polynesian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian, and more. There is one large mountainous island called Grande Terre and 6 smaller islands - the three Loyalty Islands, Belep and the Isle of Pines.

The islands are remarkably unpopulated and there are vast areas of wilderness. There are hundreds of kilometers of walking treks, camp grounds, more than 42 parks and reserves, and crystal clear rivers with sparkling waterfalls. Almost one third of the population is located in the capital city of Noumea. Nickel mining is the primary industry and is the major contributor to the high standard of living in the country. Grande Terre is surrounded by the second largest barrier reef in the world and the protected lagoon created by this barrier reef is the largest in the world. Listed as a World Heritage Site in 2008, the lagoon is 24,000 square kilometers and supports a diverse and luxuriant fauna of fish and invertebrates.

The vibrant, clear and rich colors are one of the first things that visitors notice when they arrive. Noumea has a complete range of hotels, resorts, restaurants, and activities to welcome visitors.

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