From the stunning Isle of Pines, idyllic Loyalty Islands, and the main island Grande Terre, there is no shortage of coral white sandy beaches and turquoise warm waters for swimming and diving. The coastlines here often have a backdrop of tall pine trees and beautiful landscapes. Add in the world's largest lagoon, second longest reef, and warm weather, this makes New Caledonia a visitors paradise. Read more →
New Caledonia's greatest coastal attraction is the New Caledonia Barrier Reef. Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it contains spectacular corals, fish, beaches, and the world's largest lagoon. The reef that spans nearly the whole archipelago is easily accessible and contains a great number of varied species including colourful corals, fish, turtles, and the endangered dugong.
The most beautiful location in this huge reef system is the Isle of Pines (Île des Pins) to the south of the main island. Early British explorer Captain Cook was taken by its incredible beauty and famously dubbed it the "Jewel of the Pacific". His words hold a lot of weight considering he explored the South Pacific extensively.
Author & photographer: David Johnson (Virtual New Caledonia). Providing a credit or link is appreciated.
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