New Caldonia - Is a French territory comprising dozens of islands in the South Pacific, is 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 archipelago’s main island, Grand Terre, a major scuba-diving destination. Also on Grand
Terre is the capital, Noumea, with French-influenced cuisine and luxury boutiques selling Parisian fashions.
Currency: CFP franc
Official language: French