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Noumea, New Caledonia
The place to start any visit to New Caledonia is with the people who first settled the islands. See how the Kanak lived, the art they made and how they’re preserving their culture at the Centre Culturel Jean-Marie Tjibaou, the absolute must-do in...
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51 Rue Georges Clemenceau, Noumea, New Caledonia
News flash: Bananas come in more than one flavor. Star fruit tastes like nothing else but star fruit. Come to the city market (also called Marché de Baie de la Moselle) and discover some flavors the stores back home can never import. This is also...
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10 RUE JULES GARNIER Noumea NC 98800, 10 Rue Jules Garnier, Nouméa, New Caledonia
Port Plaisance Shopping Center (Galerie Commerciale de Port Plaisance) has whatever you need or forgot to pack. In addition to offering gifts and necessities, it makes a nice shady spot to sit and people-watch after a day of walking all over town....
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134, Promenade Roger Laroque, Nouméa 98800, New Caledonia
The problem of eating at Le Roof, an overwater restaurant at Anse Vata beach, is the real possibility of stabbing yourself with your fork as you gawk at the view. Enjoy French food done right, without the need to ever let the water out of your...
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BP 4057, 11, rue Dr Guegan, Nouméa 98846, New Caledonia
Pretend for an hour that you’re in Paris. La Chaumière offers cooking that would get a Michelin star if only the inspectors would drop by. Enjoy a glass of wine, some foie gras and the odd feeling of being in one romantic destination when you’re...
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61 Promenade Roger Laroque, Nouméa, New Caledonia
Find all the colors Crayola was never able to capture with a visit to the Nouméa Aquarium. Anyone who can’t get a chance to swim the lagoon should come to the aquarium simply to see how many vivid reef fish can share the same tiny bit of water....
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Mangroves have never quite decided to be in the water or right above it. These towering trees have aerial roots that look like the world’s most delicate architecture. And what far too many places figured out far too late is that mangroves are what...
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39 Rue Jean Jaurès, Nouméa, New Caledonia
The Kanak have a love-hate relationship with France, but there’s no question: French culture is here to stay. The Musée de la Ville de Nouméa, housed in a beautiful old colonial building, offers an interesting contrast to the native traditions...
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Îlot Signal, New Caledonia
Six different lagoon clusters off of Nouméa have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In all, more than 9,300 varieties of reef fish and other sea life have been found on the island's reef, making it one of the most diverse ecologies on...
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Vuda Road, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

If you harbor a fantasy of getting lost on one of Fiji's small, idyllic white-sand islands—à la Tom Hanks in Cast Away except with a picnic lunch and bathroom access—or snorkeling amid schools of tropical fish in clear,...