With an incredible mixture of ethnic groups, New Caledonia is a land with many traditions, customs and cultures. A blend of Melanesian and French culture, enhanced by Polynesian and Asian influences creates an exciting yet harmonious lifestyle.
British naval explorer Capt. James Cook discovered the island in 1774. Its rugged coastline reminded him so much of Scotland that Cook named it New Caledonia in honor of his Scottish father. Both France and Britain settled the group of islands including Loyalty Islands, Isle of Pines, Belep and a number of smaller islands in the early 19th century. Today, New Caledonia is a self-governing territory of France and features the world’s largest lagoon which covers approximately 14,912-square miles, making it one of the most remarkable and beautiful sailing locations. Cooled by the Pacific Ocean and trade winds, New Caledonia enjoys a soft, sunny climate. From the central mountain range to the warm tropical waters, visitors will discover an impressive assortment of plants and animals.
Nouméa, New Caledonia’s capital, features French cultural influences. This cosmopolitan city feels much like the French Riviera, although it sits thousands of nautical miles away in the South Pacific. Colorful waterfronts are lined with bars, cafes, restaurants, and nightclubs. It is a terrific place to stock up on superb French gourmet food and wine before hoisting sail to the other beautiful destinations New Caledonia has to offer.
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