About New Caledonia

History about New Caledonia

New Caledonia is France’s largest overseas territory and the official language spoken is French.
The archipelagos are located west of Australia and are 18,575 m2. In 2009, the population was approx. 249,000.

The climate in New Caledonia is tropical and the average temperature for August is 20 degrees and in February it is typically 26.7 degrees.

Animals in New Caledonia

Wildlife is rich in New Caledonia and especially reptiles dominate compared to other vertebrate species. There are 86 species of lizards and 83.5% of these are endemic to New Caledonia. Other animal species that are typical of New Caledonia are many different species of spiders, molluscs, crustaceans, insects and fish. There are not many species of mammals on and around the islands. In fact it is only different species of bats, whales and manatees who lives in the beautiful nature of the area.

Food Culture in New Caledonia

New Caledonia has a varied and exciting food culture. In Nouméa, wich are the largest city on the islands, a mix of French specialties and Asian-inspired dishes from Indonesia, Vietnam and China is most often served. In the more local areas of New Caledonia the menu is a bit different because they are often inspired by the availability of crops and wildlife.

Nickel Production

The largest industry that the archipelagos make a good living from is nickel production as the archipelago has the world’s 3rd largest nickel reserve. Tourism has also been a major source of income for its inhabitants since the 1980s. The majority of tourists come from France, Japan and Australia and it is without a doubt among other things, the breathtaking white sandy beaches, the turquoise blue water, the variegated landscape of rocks and caves and the lush vegetation that attracts people from other countries.