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New Caledonia is the host country for the newly revamped South Pacific Games, the biggest sporting event in the Pacific calendar. 150,000...


Get into the island swing of things with this dance festival in May. There'll be displays from world class professionals, workshops and classes so...


Sample over 100 cheeses courtesy of cheese master Gerard Poulard when he stops off at Le Meridien Nouméa for his his annual Festival des Fromages...

Le Roof, New Caledonia
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New Caledonia Travel Guide

Key Facts

18,575 sq km (7,172 sq miles).


267,840 (2014).

Population density

14.4 per sq km.




French Overseas Territory.

Head of state

President François Hollande since 2012, represented locally by High Commissioner Vincent Bouvier since 2014.

Head of government

President of the government Philippe Germain since 2015.


220 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style plugs with two round pins are standard.

The Pacific island of New Caledonia is a nature lover’s paradise. Punching above its weight, the island lays claims to impressive natural features including the largest lagoon in the world, a unique blend of flora and fauna, and a 1800km-long (1118 mile) coral reef, second only in size to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

And yet, the island has much more to offer than mountain excursions and beach trips. Once a French colony and now with special French territorial status, the clash of Melanesian and French cultures is most visible to the south, in capital city Nouméa. Luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants and plush boutiques bring a cosmopolitan quality whilst the presence of traditional Melanesian cuisine, dance and village culture heralds the islander’s strong sense of heritage.

This juxtaposition is not always harmonious however, and conflicts between France and New Caledonia sometimes flare up, reflecting their differing attitudes on self-government, French nuclear testing in the region and more. A referendum scheduled for 2014 may see New Caledonia finally gain its independence.


Travel Advice

Last updated: 06 July 2015

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit

There is a low threat from terrorism, but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be in public places, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign nationals.

There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.