Aside from being home to the world’s largest lagoon and second-longest double-barrier coral reef, New Caledonia also features a wealth of snaking shorelines and piercing blue waters. The entire territory consists of the main island of Grand Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Isle of Pines and various sparsely-populated islands. Many tour groups provide diving excursions to the island’s UNESCO World Heritage coral-laden lagoon, where you’ll come face-to-face with the likes of butterfly fish, parrot fish and many more. A number of shipwrecks also line the barrier reef, most famously by the Amedee Lighthouse. Hikers should explore the Parc Rivière Bleu in the Yaté region south of Noumea, which features a variety of bird species, dense rainforest and enormous kaori trees. Inside, you’ll be able to choose from a range of walks lasting from 30 minutes up to six hours. Hotels with picturesque countryside or ocean views can be found in most parts of New Caledonia, particularly in capital city Noumea. Self-catering options are also available, with a small number of apartments and guest houses on offer.
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