New Caledonia is the third largest island in the Pacific Region after Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. Unlike its volcanic neighbors, New Caledonia is a fragment of an ancient continent which drifted away some 250 million years ago. Its flora and fauna evolved in isolation, and are now quite unique. In its waters you can find 1000 species of fish, 6500 species of marine invertebrates.
Surrounded by a 1,600 km long coral reef, diving in New Caledonia also boasts the largest lagoon in the world. The reef can be as close as a few kilometers from the coast in some places and as far as 65 km in others - with an average depth of 40 m.