Some people have likened this sophisticated French Territory to the French Riviera transported to the South Pacific. With its Parisian designer boutiques, duty free shopping, fine dining and high concentration of Europeans, it does have a distinctly international feel.
Grande Terre, the island on which the capital Nouméa is situated, is where everything happens. It covers a 400km long area from north to south and is 50km wide from west to east. Surrounded by a 1,600km long coral barrier reef, New Caledonia has the largest lagoon in the world (24,000km2).
Nouméa’s attractive restaurants cater to all tastes and budgets ranging from the traditional French to Moroccan, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and even Vietnamese fare. Nightlife is very active in the capital with two casinos and a host of private clubs.
New Caledonia’s 231,000 inhabitants are spread across seven islands. The ‘Big Land’ as the main island is known dominates with the Loyalty Islands and Isle of Pines making up the balance of the group.
Climate: Semi-Tropical, warm season from September to March adverage temperature up to 27 degreees C" and cool season from April to August, average temperature up to 23 degrees C".
Accommodation : A wide range of quality accommodation to suit all budget from luxury to backpackers hotels, motels and resorts.
International carrier is Air Calin. Others include Air France, Air New Zealand, Air Vanuatu, and Qantas.
Domestic: Air Caledonie
Entry Requirements: Valid passport (6 months from the date of return or after the date for French Citizen)
A visa can be required and depends of your period of stay and your country of origin.
Health: No special requirements
Currency: French pacific Franc
Transport: International drivin permits, Rental cars, buses, taxis, ferries.
Language: Melanesian languages
For more information contact:
Nouméa (Head Office)
20 rue Anatole France - Immeuble Nouméa-Centre
Place des Cocotiers
BP 688 - 98845 Nouméa Cedex
Nouvelle - Caledonie
Tél: (687) 24 20 80
Fax: (687) 24 20 70
Management, Tourism Development Office
27 rue de Sebastopol
B.P : 343 - 98845 Nouméa Cedex
Nouvelle - Caledonie
Tél: (687) 27 66 27
Fax: (687) 27 48 27
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