New Caledonia (Nouvelle Caledonie) is a hidden gem in the South Pacific. It is in French Territory and for many in the Southern Hemisphere a more affordable place to practice one’s French than in France.
New Caledonia, is comprised of islands and is surrounded by barrier reef. The capital, Nouméa, merges French-influenced restaurants and luxury boutiques selling Parisian fashions with local island flavor.
If you are looking for a getaway that isn’t overrun with tourists and has both French and Caribbean type vibes. New Caledonia is the place for you. Relaxing on the palm lined beaches and exploring the marine life both in the ocean and the aquarium were the biggest highlights for me. But there is a great range of exploring and hiking, shopping, cuisine and cultural activities to keep you entertained.