From Ouvéa to the Isle of Pines, passing through Lifou, Tiga and Maré, the five islands bordering the Mainland, Grande Terre to the East are yet more gems to discover. From the blue hole of Hanawa at Ouvéa to the Warrior’s Leap at Wakone on Maré, via the Jokin Cliffs at Lifou or the Oro Bay on the Isle of Pines, let yourself be amazed!
While French is the common language across the Loyalty Islands and the Isle of Pines, each one has its own vernacular language. Nengone is most common on Maré, while Drehu is spoken on Lifou and Kunié is the language of the Isle of Pines. Ouvéa, on the other hand, has two separate languages: the lay language, Melanesian, and Faga-Uvéa, spoken by the descendants of the Wallisians. This language has kept the morphology and syntax of Polynesian, while borrowing from the Melanesian languages.
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A heavenly climate
The islands of New Caledonia enjoy an extremely pleasant climate, with average temperatures between 22°C on Maré and 24°C on Ouvéa, with seasonal variations of no more than 6°C. In addition to which, since there are no mountains to pull in and retain the clouds, there is very little rain. So the weather is particularly favourable for tourism and leisure!