New Caledonia

New Caledonia Overview

New Caledonia is an overseas possession of France Lying in the South Pacific Ocean, about 1,200 miles northeast of Sydney, Australia. New Caledonia consists of one main island, also called New Caledonia, or Grand Terre; the Loyalty Islands; the Belep Islands; the Isle of Pines; and a few uninhabited islands.

With its sweeping beaches, coral gardens, and emerald lagoons, New Caledonia is the third largest island in the Pacific. Surrounded by a 1600km-long coral reef, the long main island of Grand Terre is divided into the lush east coast, strewn with coconut trees and Melanesian huts, and the drier west coast, abundant with wildlife.

The capital city of Nouméa, on the south-western shores of Grand Terre, is home to a heady mix of native islanders (Kanuks), Europeans, Indonesians, Vietnamese, Polynesians and Chinese. Elsewhere, the towns are small affairs with the bays and beaches of the various islands as beautiful as anyone could wish for.

CLIMATE

New Caledonia has a tropical climate. The wet season between December and April brings higher temperatures, heavier rains, and the occasional tropical cyclone.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Noumea
POPULATION: 224,800
LANGUAGE: French
CURRENCY: CFP Franc
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: NC
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +687
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +11