Make sure you come to New Caledonia within the Coral Sea, if you are looking for a perfect South Pacific holiday. Offering some of the best mountains, beaches, snorkeling and diving sites along with camping and French cuisine, New Caledonia features a semi-tropical climate, albeit modified by southeast trade winds. Located within the sub-region of Melanesia, New Caledonia, comprising of the Grande Terre Island, the Loyalty Islands and many other smaller islands, is a special collectivity of France.
A popular port of call, especially for people sailing around the Pacific, New Caledonia is also conveniently served by the New Caledonia International Airport located in Paita, at a distance of 52 kilometers to the northwest of the capital city of Noumea. Set to decide if it wants to remain affiliated to France, or emerge out as an independent state, New Caledonia is destined to decide through a referendum to be held between 2014 and 2019.