New Caledonia

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Travel information about New Caledonia

New Caledonia is a French territory and a Pacific island that has a total area of 18,576 km2 (7,172 sq mi) and an estimated population of 268,767. It features the world’s largest lagoon and a 930 mile of coral reef. Gorgeous beaches lined the coast. Kayak, sail, rock climb, dive, whale watch, and snorkel are all the activities you can do while you are there.

Capital city of New Caledonia: Nouméa

Closest neighbors to New Caledonia: Neighboring countries of New Caledonia is a dependent overseas territory of France, to the east of Australia and west of Vanuatu.

Best times to visit New Caledonia: Best time to visit is between September and December where the temperatures are pleasant, less rainfall, and less humidity. Visiting New Caledonia depends also on the activities tourists want to spend their time. Hikers avoid the summer rains while whale watchers, divers, and snorkelers tend to go between April and November.

How to get to New Caledonia: There are no direct flights served from the US to New Caledonia. You will take connecting flights from Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

Visa requirements for New Caledonia: No visa is required to enter New Caledonia for 3 months while a passport valid for 3 months and a return ticket are required.

Currency of New Caledonia: CFP franc (XPF) is the currency of New Caledonia.

Official Language of New Caledonia: French is the official language of New Caledonia.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in New Caledonia

There is 1 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in New Caledonia and 0 on their tentative list.


Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.