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Located in the heart of the South Pacific, the New Caledonian archipelago is endowed with incomparable underwater fauna and flora. It is also the biggest lagoon in the world, with its 500 kilometre length circled by a magnificent coral reef. Furthermore, in July 2008, 15 000 km2 of the 23,000 km2 of this New Caledonian site were registered on the prestigious World Heritage List of UNESCO, a source of pride for the entire population of the country, which is keen to enhance and preserve this priceless asset.

New Caledonia is thus known to have some of the most amazing diving sites in the world with more than 1 000 varieties of fish, no less than 6 500 species of marine invertebrates and 350 species of coral. You can easily see fish with vivid colours such as parrotfish, the neon damsel fish and the white-tailed damsel fish, clownfish, and also leopard sharks, turtles, manta rays, porpoises or groupers and even whales, when it is the season, from July to September. Among New Caledonia’s endemic species are pink gorgonian coral and nautilus shells, true living fossils. Numerous white-sand islets are strung along the lagoon, like pearls to be explored by catamaran or traditional outrigger.

The North Province is well equipped for receiving visitors who want to enjoy water sports while respecting the environment. Local companies offer a selection of activities or stays that allow you to get away from the congestion on the islets in the South. No fewer than eight ports, including five for pleasure boats, dot the two coasts. On the West coast, there is the Pandop marina and water sports centre, at Koumac. Further north, Poum district has a port. And on the East Coast, Hienghène, Poindimié and Touho also have facilities for boats with various services.