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New Caledonia

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Snorkelling about off New Caledonia's shore opens up a world of yellow and blue tropical fish swimming amongst colourful coral in aqua blue waters. Spend the afternoon exploring the world’s largest enclosed lagoon and then swim ashore for some sun-bathing and relaxation.

Or spend a day trekking through the mountains and discovering hidden waterfalls, cascading down cliffs and landing in pools of crystal clear water. Stay for a dip or keep on hiking through the rainforests, weaving through trees with the trilling ring of exotic bird calls echoing through the forest. Head out onto the water in the mid-afternoon and keep your eyes peeled for dolphin fins or whale tails.

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Visit Noumea. soon

We went to New caledonia for 10 days and hired a rental car to drive around the island.

The great thing about Noumea was the amazing scenery, unique people, great food and walks.

Being from New Zealand, the short flight - two and a half hours from Auckland and being immersed amongst French speaking people was a novelty as well as driving on the right hand side of the road.

The food was great and the restaurants compared to the best of those anywhere.

For a great holiday, I'd recommend it.

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Sounds amazing! What were the highlights?

The french language being spoken in the pacific, Club Med-North East Coast, amazing landscape and interesting roads appealed to us. Also, the French ladies taking their dogs walking in the mornings, bagels for breakfast and the men playing petanque along the promenade was different. We hope to return soon.

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