The New Caledonia Archipelago is located in Melanesia, in the southwestern South Pacific. The capital Noumea is situated on the principal island known as the “Grande Terre”. New Caledonia’s Barrier Reef stretches 1600 kilometres around the mainland forming the world’s largest lagoon. Smaller islands surround the reef including the Loyalty Islands and the Isle of Pines. This French colony has much to offer with European cuisine and shopping blended with the beauty and culture of the South Pacific.
Entry Requirements: Australian passport holders require a minimum of six month validity and an onward or return ticket. For more information and for holders of other passports, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for the latest travel advice.
Money: The Central Pacific Franc (XPF) is the unit of currency. One Australian dollar is equal to approximately 100 XPF.
Language: French is the official language , but English is widely spoken and understood. About 30 Melanesian dialects are also commonly spoken.
Electricity: 220V and uses the European plug type.
Time Zone: GMT+11 (1 hour ahead of Sydney)
Clothing: Light informal clothes all year round. Sweaters are advisable for cooler evenings. Shorts are not recommended for evenings in restaurants.
Climate: New Caledonia enjoys a sunny climate marked by two seasons: December to March is warm and humid with moderate rainfall; April to November is cool and dry. Air temperature remains about 24-26°C.
Water Temperature: Ranges from 21°C in July to 28°C in December.
Departure Tax: None at 1 July 2012.
Tipping: Tipping is not part of the culture in New Caledonia.
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