The archipelago of New Caledonia (Nouvelle-Calédonie) is located in the South Pacific, east of Australia, and includes dozens of islands, the main one being Grande Terre. It offers golden sandy beaches, lush vegetation and a tropical climate, with an average annual temperature of 23°C. The months between November and March are humid and hot (up to 30°C), while the period from June to August is drier and cooler (20°C to 23°C). Webcams streaming live from beautiful palm-lined tropical beaches are a must in New Caledonia.
Being an overseas territory of France, French influence becomes evident in the official language, as well as in the restaurants and fashion boutiques in the capital, Nouméa. Christianity is the predominant religion among the 269 thousand inhabitants of New Caledonia.
The New Caledonia Barrier Reef (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), which surrounds the main island of Grand Terre and encloses one of the largest lagoons in the world, is a spectacular snorkelling and diving spot.
Other major attractions include the rock formations of Hienghene and ‘The Heart of Voh’, a large heart-shaped formation of vegetation that can be seen from above. Other great places to visit are Bourail, Poindimie and Sarramea.