The archipelago, part of the Melanesia subregion, includes the main island of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Chesterfield Islands, the Belep archipelago, the Isle of Pines, and a few remote islets.
consists of a mix of Kanak people (the original inhabitants of New Caledonia), people of European descent (Caldoches and Metropolitan French), Polynesian people (mostly Wallisians), and Southeast Asian people, as well as a few people of Pied-Noir and Maghreban descent. As trade in sandalwood declined, it was replaced by a new form of trade, "blackbirding", a euphemism for enslaving people from New Caledonia, the Loyalty Islands, New Hebrides, New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands to work in sugarcane plantations in Fiji and Queensland.
For those who love an adventure, get lost on the North Coast and experience the Kanak culture.
For those looking to relax in seclusion, a five star luxury stay on the Isle of Pines is the perfect option.
Swim in warm lagoon waters and lounge on secluded white sand beaches, dine on local delicacies and experience true island hospitality. Many resorts throughout New Caledonia offer discounts depending on your length of stay.