Vanilla Pods - New Caledonia
VANILLA PLANIFOLIA FROM THE COMMUNITIES OF THE ISLANDS OF NEW CALEDONIA NEW CALEDONIA:
LIFOU, MARÉ, OUVÉA, TIGA.
Lifou: is characterised by its variety of scenery, combining immaculate beaches, steep cliffs, deep forests and impressive caves. The largest of the Loyalty Islands is probably the one that offers the greatest contrast, whilst also catering perfectly for tourists who come to visit.
New Caledonia is a French territory comprising dozens of islands in the South Pacific. It's known
for its palm-lined beaches and marine-life-rich lagoon, which, at 24,000-sq.-km, is among the
world's largest. A massive barrier reef surrounds the main island, Grand Terre, a major scuba-
diving destination. The capital, Nouméa, is home to French-influenced restaurants and luxury
boutiques selling Parisian fashions.
Maré: the intense, wild beauty of its scenery, and the deep connection that the Mareans
have with nature, have given this island a very personal identity. The island will leave a
lasting impression on those who take the time to discover it.
Ouvéa: the combined beauty of the sky, the lagoon and the flora have earned it the title of
the closest island to paradise. This is a well-deserved title for the island which offers a
fabulous beach of white sand stretching for almost 25 km, majestic coconut plantations and
extraordinary diving sites, especially around the Pléïades Reef. At the Mouli Bridge,
connecting Lékiny to the main island, you can see the spectacle of turtles and eagle rays
that move through the channel daily, to the great delight of tourists.
Tiga: Situated around thirty kilometres north of Maré, the island of Tiga (Tokanod in the
Drehu language) is the smallest and most discreet of the Loyalty Islands, with its ten square
kilometres and highest point at just 92m. Viewed from the sea, the island appears in the
shape of a dome raised over the waves of the Coral Sea.
THE VANILLA: BOURBON VANILLA, is a generic term for PLANIFOLIA VANILLA, and it’s the most commonly
used variety in Vanilla extract. The French developed large plantations on Reunion Island, known at the time as the Île de Bourbon, hence the name of Bourbon.