Berkeley, California (PressExposure) March 21, 2013 -- The travel website SouthPacific.org has launched a complete online guide to the South Pacific territory of New Caledonia. The material is based on the 8th edition of Moon Handbooks South Pacific, published in 2004 by Avalon Travel of Berkeley, California. Internet users now have free access to material previously available only in a bulky ink and paper book.
Author David Stanley has updated the guidebook's text and streamlined the navigation with dropdown and right menus. The website's 98 pages fully explore this major French colony, from the capital Noumea to the outer edges of Grande Terre and the Loyalty Islands. There are eight detailed guidebook maps of Isle of Pines, Lifou, Mare, New Caledonia, North Province, Noumea, Ouvea, and South Province, plus charts, photos, and line drawings. The introduction covers the geography, history, economy, and people of New Caledonia, while Travel Facts reveals the nuts and bolts of practical travel. All of the site's features are just a click away.
New Caledonia is not well known outside the South Pacific. It's a large French colony between Australia and Fiji consisting on a single cigar-shaped high island and a chain of low tropical islands to the east. Among these is Lifou Island, the largest elevated atoll in the South Pacific. Ouvea Island is a classic atoll with exceptional beaches. Mare Island is a repository of Melanesian cultural traditions. These appealing areas combine nicely with the chic colonial capital Noumea where high rollers mix with gendarmes and topless sunbathers.
Organized sporting activities are most easily arranged at Noumea and on the Isle of Pines. The sheltered waters from Noumea to Prony Bay and the Isle of Pines are a prime cruising area and bareboat or crewed yacht charters are readily available. Windsurfers ply the waters off Noumea's Anse Vata and the Isle of Pines's Kuto Bay. The Isle of Pines is also ideal for sea kayaking, and both canoeing and kayaking are offered on the Nera River at Bourail. Anyone interested in this part of the world will be hard pressed to find a better resource than the New Caledonia Travel Guide at http://newcaledonia.southpacific.org/