- General Info
Area: 18 575 kmÂ² (7 172 milesÂ²)
Capital: NoumÃ©a. Population: 91 396
Currency: French Pacific Franc (XPF)
Government: French Overseas Territory since 1957.
Tipping: There is no tipping.
Time zone: GMT + 11
New Caledonia: Social customs
There is a casual atmosphere, and local traditions still prevail alongside European customs. Casual wear is the norm, but smart restaurants require a more formal style of dress. Long trousers are requiredRead more for men at night in restaurants and casinos.
New Caledonia: Food and local specialties
The choice of eating places and food on New Caledonia is excellent, costs vary from moderate to expensive. Gourmet restaurants and bistros serve African, Chinese, French, Indonesian, Italian and SpanishRead more cooking. The national specialties are: Pacific spiny lobsters, prawns, crabs or mangrove oysters and salads of raw fish (marinated in lime juice). An island speciality is bougna: fish or chicken wrapped in banana leaves and cooked on hot stones covered with sand. First-class delicatessens and grocers in Nouméa and at Anse Vata Beach provide a wide choice of picnic fare. There is a good selection of French wine available.