Bonjour from the glorious South Pacific! I’ve slipped up to New Caledonia for a few days to explore the island chain that has some of the largest lagoons in the world.
Whilst their lagoons are vast, they’re pretty untouched. I flew 150kms in a heli this morning and reckon I spotted 1 fisherman and 1 freshly reefed yacht. That’s it! So the reefs are in pristine condition and there’s loads of space for you to roam without the crowds. A refreshing change after some of the places I’ve been. Most of their 280,000 residents live in the capital Noumea.
Surf? Yes. Near Bourail (the middle of the main island which is called Grande Terre) there’s waves in winter, pushed up from the Antarctic. Unfortunately, it was pretty flat today.
New Caledonia is a French territory, similar to Tahiti. It’s very low key, the people aren’t stressed and the weather is fantastic. We flew directly from Sydney and only took 2.5 hours…with Qantas. Watch a movie and you’re landing. Ideal flight time with groms! Au revoir :: uge