New Caledonia's greatest attractions are undoubtedly its glamorous capital, the scenic northeast coast of the main island, and the colorful neighbor islands.
- Nouméa combines the ambience of a French provincial town with the excitement of a Côte d'Azure resort.
- Hienghène on Grande Terre's east coast is a place of remarkable natural beauty, with high mountains dropping dramatically into the sea.
- The Isle of Pines's Kuto/Kanuméra area is postcard perfect with exquisite white beaches backed by towering pines.
- New Caledonia's finest beach runs right up the west side of Ouvéa—a scene of martyrdom in the Kanak people's struggle against French colonialism.