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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Flying over Le Bac de la Ouaième
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Bigrock Rapids Dumbea River New Caledonia
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Riviere Blanche Pool New Caledonia
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Riviere Blanche Waterfall New Caledonia
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Niaouli Blooming New Caledonia
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Ilot Casy Pin Colonaire New Caledonia
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Ilot Casy Giant Banyan Tree New Caledonia
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Coconu Grove With Toilets
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Mare Sunset West Coast
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Spining Pine
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Blue-Eyed Squid Ilot Ua New Caledonia
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Red and Yellow Octocorals at Ilot Kouare New Caledonia
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A Rainy Night at Ilot Maitre - New Caledonia
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Red Sea Fan, Octopus and Ilot Mbe Kouen
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Kaori River Tree
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White Tip Shark Ilot Mato South Reef New Caledonia
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Giant Trevally Welcome New Caledonia
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Bird Fish Feeding Frenzy New Caledonia
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The Tree & The Sunset
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Moonset under the Milky Way