New Caledonia – pearl of Oceania

New Caledonia is a French Overseas territory located in Oceania. This place is interesting for tourist because of the mix from ancient culture, unique cuisine and amazing nature. The geographical isolation of the place bring extra adventures spirit in your travel to this wonderful place. Its far and not so easy to reach but you will forgot everything when you touch the Polynesian soil. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and marine-life-rich lagoon, which, at 24,000-sq.-km, is among the world’s largest. A massive barrier reef surrounds the main island, Grand Terre, a major scuba-diving destination. The capital, Nouméa, is home to French-influenced restaurants and luxury boutiques selling Parisian fashions.

 

Getting to this island is mostly with airplane . Noumea international airport is the connection between island and rest of the world. Most of the tourists come through this point.  Many cruising ship tours stopping on New Caledonia ports. Flight connection are good with every major city in Europe and rest of the world. Most of connection go through Australia.

THINGS TO DO

New Caledonia is paradise on earth , endless blue lagoons offer amazing experience in diving and snorkeling. Coral reefs are amazing and i great enjoyment to swim among them.

Noumea has built its Pacific identity through a mixing of cultures and styles. This cultural diversity is reflected on your plate, but also in the architecture and all the attractions it offers. True artistic heart of the country, museums, art galleries, theaters and cinemas are concentrated in Noumea. You can soak up the heritage of the city.

Although colonial-era houses are scarce nowadays, some have still be beautifully restored, like Maison Célières or the old Nouméa City Hall, which now houses the city museum.

A city of pleasure

This city of about 100,000 inhabitants offers a range of activities that will inspire you with its diversity. Facing the sea and lined with inviting beaches and islands, you can practice outdoor sports all year long; not only walking, snorkeling, windsurfing and kitesurfing, but also golf, tennis and, of course, swimming.

It’s also a joyful city with many bars, clubs, and two casinos for festive evenings after – and why not – a day of shopping in the various shops of downtown Noumea and Anse Vata. Three spots you can’t miss: Alma Street, Sebastopol Street and the Promenade.

Standing at 56 metres high, the iron Amedee Lighthouse was erected by French engineers in 1862 after being built in Paris. From the top, you get amazing views of the bush and coral sand of the island and out across the emerald green reef lagoon to the ocean beyond. The tiny island is a tropical paradise and is a short trip by boat from Noumea’s harbour. Don’t taunt the sea snakes that come to bask on the chalky-white sand; they are otherwise harmless. Amedee Island is a popular shore excursion if you are cruising on a cruise ship from Australia.

Nature lovers can now enjoy the lush green mountains and small rivers by hiking or hunting. You can start a hiking trip through Grande Terre going north. Discover the island’s spectacular scenery and finish at Dumbéa.

From Pouebo to Ponerihouen, the East Coast unfolds along a narrow coastal strip set between the central mountain range and the ocean, a spectacular panorama. Communes located along this magnificent road, Hienghène, Touho, Pondimié, are real tropical gems, whose highlights are Hienghène’s ‘La Poule’ and the Tao waterfall.

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From Hienghène to Poindimié via Touho: extraordinary underwater variety.

The seabed in this region is one of the richest and most beautiful in New Caledonia. From the pygmy seahorse to the stunning orang-utan spider, the cohorts of manta-rays to the extraordinary variety of the corals and anemones, it is a real marvel to behold! And whether you want to scuba dive or are happy with a palm-lined walk around the little island of Tibarama at Poindimié…

Mining is also a very real presence on the East Coast. When it began, this profoundly influenced the destiny of the commune of Ouégoa, at the north-eastern tip of the Grande Terre.

For several decades, gold and leather fever raged in this commune, which today is peaceful, but preserves an interesting mining heritage.

Thio: where New Caledonia’s nickel mining adventure began…

Further south, from Houaïlou to Thio, it was the nickel business which remodelled the mountain slopes, leaving its red imprint.  In Thio, where the Caledonian nickel adventure began, you can visit the oldest working open-pit mine in the world. It has been in constant operation since 1880. At the heart of the village, a lovely and newly renovated museum about the mine gives prominence to the men who took part in this saga.

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CULTURE AND FOOD OF NEW CALEDONIA

New Caledonian culture is a rich mix of French and Melanesian. French settlers are either French nationals or the Caldoche, who are mostly descendants of French convicts and early nickel miners. The official national language is French but you will find that English is spoken by those working in the tourism industry.

A good place to begin your New Caledonian culinary travels is the bustling capital of Noumea, which boasts a superb selection of restaurants offering great food. There are about 130 eateries ranging from snack bars and sidewalk cafés to elegant restaurants where fine dining is the order of the day. You’ll also find many international cuisine styles reflecting the influence of other cultures such as Indonesian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Vietnamese, Spanish and African. Seafood meals are a specialty and often feature fresh local food such as prawns, octopus and shellfish, as well as reef fish and deep-sea fish.

Bougna is a combination of chicken, lobster or fish with yams, bananas, sweet potatoes and coconut milk wrapped in banana leaves. The food is then steamed in an earth oven heated by hot stones. Bougna is served with a variety of other dishes, including seafood, coconut milk and tropical fruit.

For a dining experience that’s a little different, try ‘table d’hotes’. Here, you’re welcomed into the homes of locals who serve you with meals of venison, wild pig, coconut crab and fish. This gives you the chance to sample some truly authentic food while you experience a taste of the local lifestyle and hospitality. The most popular ‘table d’hotes’ is at Mamie Fogliani, in Farino.

Restaurant hours are generally from 11.30am to 2.30pm and 7.00pm to 11.00pm.

ACCOMMODATION IN NEW CALEDONIA

There is different type of accommodation , mostly Hotels and resorts. Price is different from the time of the year you go and from the location where your hotel is located.

From November to April the hot season gives temperatures of around 25°C with frequent rainfall and sometimes hurricanes that can be quite violent. The month that is generally hottest is February.New Caledonia