New Caledonia

Rocks in Bourail, New Caledonia

New Caledonia

New Caledonia is an overseas territory of France made up of the main island, Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Belep archipelago, the Île des Pins, the Chesterfield Islands and the Bellona Reefs. The islands are located approximately 746 miles / 1,200 kilometers east of Australia and 932 miles / 1,500 kilometers northwest of New Zealand. New Caledonia boasts an endless variety of landscapes, from pristine white sand beaches to cozy mountaintop retreats. Tourists can look forward to enjoying fondue in mountaintop chalets, camping, amazing snorkeling and diving, and fabulous French food. New Caledonia is not only considered to be one of the world's most botanically-important and critically endangered hotspots, it is also home to the 1,000 mile / 1,600 kilometer long New Caledonia Barrier Reef, the second-largest coral reef in the world, which claims the world's largest lagoon. Honeymoon couples in search of relaxation and outdoor activities in the midst of absolutely amazing and unique scenery can’t go wrong with New Caledonia.

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Highlights
New Caledonia boasts important species and ecological diversity offering visitors amazing scenery including prehistoric Gondwanan forests, the New Caledonia rain forests, mountainous regions and pristine beaches. The islands are also home to important freshwater and oceanic ecosystems with amazing species diversity. UNESCO has listed the New Caledonia Barrier Reef, the second-largest coral reef in the world, on the World Heritage List under the name The Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems.
Geography/Environment
New Caledonia offers an endless variety of landscapes, from some of the best white sand beaches in the Pacific to cozy mountaintop retreats. It is surrounded by the second-largest coral reef in the world. New Caledonia is not volcanic, like its neighbors, but a fragment of an ancient continent that drifted away some 250 million years ago. Therefore, its flora and fauna have evolved in isolation and are very unique. A wide variety of endemic species have flourished - both on land and in the bodies of water in and around the islands.
Activities
Many visitors enjoy hiking and camping through the amazing scenery of New Caledonia. Do Parc Rivière Bleu in the Yaté region south of Noumea is popular. Many snorkelers, divers and windsurfers go to Îlot Canard just outside the Anse Vata. Aguille de Prony offers visitors an amazing underwater structure in the Prony bay south of Noumea. Another option is to charter a yacht to visit the islands by water. Most visitors also opt to relax on the pristine beaches and enjoy eating French and local cuisine.
Climate and Weather
The climate of the islands is tropical, and rainfall is highly seasonal, brought by trade winds that usually come from the east. Rainfall averages vary on the different islands.

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