New Caledonia is a French territory comprising dozens of islands in the South Pacific. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and marine-life-rich lagoon, which, at 24,000-sq.-km, is among the world’s largest. A massive barrier reef surrounds the main island, Grand Terre, a major scuba-diving destination. The capital, Nouméa, is home to French-influenced restaurants and luxury boutiques selling Parisian fashions.With museums, bush festivals, art galleries or theatres and cinemas, you will not have time to get bored. New Caledonia offers a rich and diverse cultural life. Kanak culture is very much alive, thriving in modernity, without denying its roots.