6 Unique Souvenirs to Pick Up in New Caledonia

Vanilla pods | © Ted Major / Flickr
Vanilla pods | © Ted Major / Flickr

Your New Caledonia holiday doesn’t need to end with the return flight. With so many wonderful items that fuse elements of French and Polynesian cultures, you can keep that vacation feeling when you’re back home.

La Brousse en Folie

La Brousse en Folie is a popular French comic book series by Bernard Berger, set in a village in New Caledonia. The reader gets a glimpse into New Caledonian life and customs with stories that revolve around Tonton Marcel. There are 21 volumes in the series, as well as a video game based on the comic strips.

Tribal Turtle Sculpture

In many Pacific nations, turtles are a symbol of good luck. As such, turtle sculptures, ornaments and trinkets are available for purchase in local markets and souvenir shops. Stamp hunters might want to try their luck finding one of the many turtle stamps that New Caledonia has featured over the decades.

Melanesian Masks

The Kanak people of the Melanesian region create beautiful tribal masks traditionally used during the funerals for chiefs. Most souvenir masks are carved from wood and symbolise different parts of the tribe’s culture and history.

Vanilla Pods

If you’re heading to the islands of Lifou and Maré, then a visit to the vanilla plantations is a must. Vanilla production is a major industry and is referred to as brown gold. The Lifou Tourism association hosts a vanilla festival every year in October, where you can sample a variety of different recipes. Purchase vanilla from the island plantations or in supermarkets to bring home.

Vanilla pods | © Ted Major / Flickr

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