The original inhabitants of New Caledonia were the Kanak people. All the citizens of New Caledonia have French nationality and have the right to vote for the president of France.
The weather in New Caledonia is usually hot and humid from November to April and a cooler dry season from June to September. On very rare occasions, cyclones may hit the territory. It is unpredictable but occurs between February and April.
Most people from ages 15 and above can read, write, and speak French fluently. About 28 Kanak languages are also spoken in the country. Javanese and Wallisian languages are also spoken by some people in the country.
New Caledonian soil contains about 25% of the world’s Nickel resources. The territory has one of the highest GDP in the south Pacific. The soil in New Caledonia is not fertile and as such, food makes up 25% of their export.
There are public transport bus services as the country has good road networks. There are also airplanes and an international airport in the country. There is one railway, three sea ports, and 4 airports in the country.
Traditionally, the Kanak people eat yams, bananas, taros, sweet potatoes which accounts for the bulk of their diet. They also eat rice, frozen foods, fish wild pork, beef etc.
In 2016, about 115,676 tourists visited the country. There are so many places of attraction in New Caledonia some of which are;
- Parc Provincial de la Rivière Bleue: This is a reserve for many species of birds. There are also gigantic Kaori trees there. It is a good place for site seeing.
- Anse Vata: This is a popular beach in New Caledonia and it is located in the capital city Noumea. It is a very good place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. There are hotels, restaurants and shopping centers close to the beach.
- Aquarium des Lagons: This aquarium contains some species found in New Caledonian waters like sea snakes, stone fish, turtles, sharks etc. There are a variety of hotels for you to stay in when you visit New Caledonia. About 148 hotels, the bulk of which is located in the capital city Noumea. The best time to visit New Caledonia is from June to September.