Unlike many of the Pacific Islands, which are of relatively recent volcanic origin, New Caledonia – the third largest island in the Pacific Region after Papua New Guinea and New Zealand – is an ancient fragment of the Gondwana super-continent. Isolated from the rest of the world's landmasses millions of years ago, the island has become a proverbial “Noah’s Ark”, sheltering an amazing diversity of unique and primitive plants and animals of Gondwanan origin.
Located almost directly between Australia and Fiji, New Caledonia, as an overseas territory of France, is probably France's best kept secret! The mainland, where most people live, is divided lengthwise by a range of mountains named Chaîne Centrale. This range divides the Mainland into 2 very different areas:
The East Coast, a humid, and exotic area with lush tropical vegetation, and the West Coast, a drier, temperate area with an abundance of beautiful beaches. Truly, it is a land of contrasts; five hundred kilometers long, and fifty kilometers wide, New Caledonia offers an endless variety of landscapes, from some of the most amazing white sand beaches in the Pacific area, to the spectacular mountain retreats.
All of this beauty is well within reach of our range of New Caledonia hotels and accommodation. Perhaps you’re looking to explore Nouméa, with its old colonial houses and striking contemporary architecture, and its beaches caressed by the trade winds.
Or perhaps the enchanting Isle of Pines, a place where all your troubles can be forgot in an idyllic setting of white beaches under calming palms. Whichever you’re after, New Caledonia has something to offer for everyone. And our range of New Caledonia accommodation is just what you’ll need to plan that perfect paradise getaway that you’ve always been dreaming of.
So go on… spoil yourself, and take your pick of our hotels in New Caledonia below…
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