New Caledonia

Sights and activities in New Caledonia: diving, trekking, fishing, sailing and golf

The French South Pacific paradise of New Caledonia offers you lovely tropical beaches as well as rainforests great for trekking, unspoiled coral reefs with excellent diving and good possibilities for sailing, golf and windsurfing. You can also find interesting indigenous cultures as well as chic French cuisine, nightlife options and unique wildlife on these islands. With all this in mind, it is no wonder that New Caledonia has become a popular getaway for French and Japanese visitors.[b]South Pacific Islands[/b] located in the Western Pacific Ocean to the east of Australia, New Caledonia is an overseas territory of France. The territory consists of the main island of Grande Terre, one of the largest islands in the South Pacific, Île de Pins and the Loyalty Islands (Iles Loyaute), as well as many small islands and atolls. The native inhabitants of New Caledonia, Melanesian Kanaks form today a bit less than half of the population of New Caledonia. The rest are descendants of French settlers, French people who have recently moved into the area, and Polynesian or Asian immigrants.