It’s been called “Paris in the Pacific” but other than the language and a certain chic attitude you won’t find many similarities to the bustling French city. However, you will find lush mountains, pristine beaches and the world’s largest enclosed lagoon on the Pacific’s 3rd largest island behind Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. The cosmopolitan capital city of Noumea New Caledonia has posh resorts, elegant boutiques and strong trade winds that lure some of the world’s greatest kite surfers each November for the World Championships. Branch out from Grande Terre (the main island) to the beauty of the Loyalty Islands or catch a ferry to nearby Ile de Pins for a taste of South Pacific tribal life with the indigenous Kunie people. No matter where you travel in New Caledonia, it’s hard to make a wrong turn on these spectacular islands.