The South Pacific is littered with mesmerizing islands but New Caledonia sets itself apart from the pack for quite a few reasons. The fact that it is an overseas dependent of France has given it a uniquely French culture all of its own. The flavors, wines and exquisite foods that are so popular in France have made their way to New Caledonia over the years.
While dining in a traditional French café with wine that will satisfy your taste buds in France is everyone romantic’s dream, New Caledonia offers you the same experience. However, you won’t have the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower or bright lights but will instead be dazzled with beaches and sunsets. Imagine sipping on delectable French wine, while the sun gently nuzzles your cheek and the ocean wind blows gently through your hair. This is an experience you can enjoy daily in New Caledonia.
Well Worth the High Price
There are a few things that you need to keep in mind before packing your bags. New Caledonia is a popular island destination but there are few flights that head to the area and far less competition than other destinations. Accordingly, you must be willing to pay prices that are a little higher, but the journey will be well worth it in the end.
The capital of New Caledonia is Noumea and this is where you will find more than just beaches, but elegant French restaurants and designer boutiques that are reminiscent of Paris in the sun. The main attraction is the main island Grande Terre which harbors one of the finest beaches in the entire world.
Scour the Island to Find the Best Spot
The key to a spectacular visit to New Caledonia is to explore. While you may get caught up in the whirlwind excitement in Noumea, you need to see more. Charter a boat the exotic east coast and take in the sights on the Isle of Pines or the dependent, unspoiled Walpole Island. A venture to the d’Entrecasteaux Reefs is also another must do.
Cool Activities and Cooler Weather
Often times the main draw of New Caledonia is the refreshing climate and the cooler temperatures that are not customary to the South Pacific. While you may in fact need a sweater in the evening, it will be a pleasant break from the scorching temperatures you will find in other top island destinations, where you may find it too hot to even relax.
The list of activities you can partake in when venturing to New Caledonia is endless. From water sports such as Snorkeling, Windsurfing and Deep Sea Diving to doing absolutely nothing but tan, you will never get bored at this top island destination. Whether you choose to go hiking across Grande Terre or stay in an Ilot Maitre resort, New Caledonia has more to offer than meets the eye. It is a once in a lifetime experience that you will surely want to experience more than once.