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Destination: New Caledonia

  • Travelling there: Fly into New Caledonia Airport, also known as La Tontouta International Airport (NOU) located in Païta, from Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, or Southeast Asia. A cruise to New Caledonia is also a popular choice with many cruise ships visiting the destination regularly.
  • Capital city: Nouméa.
  • Population: 266,161.
  • Religion: Predominantly Roman Catholic.
  • Language: French.
  • Currency: Change Franc Pacifique (CFP or XPF).
  • Climate: A warm, tropical climate with spring-like weather year round. There is minimal temperature fluctuation through the seasons.
  • Transport: Hiring a car is the most convenient form of transport when travelling around the main island of Grand Terre. There is a bus network through the island. Ferries and domestic flights operate to the Loyalty Islands and Isle of Pines.
  • Best time to travel: April to January, with the cooler months at the start more conducive to land based activities like hiking, climbing, cycling and horseback riding. May to September has the best waves for surfing while the warmer months after that are great for swimming, snorkelling, diving and sunbathing.
  • What to wear: There are no restrictions on clothing but lighter options are recommended for the warm climate with a windbreaker and sweater for the cooler evenings.

Popular Destinations: Amédée lighthouse, Blue River Provincial Park, Îlot Maître, Kanumera Bay, New Caledonian barrier reef


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