We are traveling this week from Brisbane, Australia to Fiji, and just spent three days touring the islands of New Caledonia, which offer gorgeous sandy beaches, warm turquoise water, and a combination of native Melanesian and colonial French culture. While both Ile des Pins and Maré have a sleepy, "get away from it all" vibe, the city of Noumea on Grande Terre is filled with international restaurants serving a variety of cuisines (and French wine, of course!) within the city center and lining its palm-fringed beaches just out of town.
We recently added two lightweight folding bicycles to our "must have" packing list. These get us off the beaten tourist track, allow us to visit a destination at our own pace, and add an incredible amount of physical activity to our days.
Please note all photos are our own. They have not been edited in any way, and they were taken with a Canon Elph.