Noumea & Surrounds

The Best of Both Worlds

A fascinating city that offers a slice of French sophistication amid the stunning scenery of the South Pacific, Noumea is a breathtaking blend of the best of both worlds. Make sure you leave time to enjoy a leisurely lunch in one of the many fantastic cafes, hunt for bargains in the first-class boutiques and sunbake on the sand, because there's so much to do in Noumea that the holiday calender will fill up fast.

The city is full of classical architecture and elegant Euro-style retreats, such as the central garden square, pretty beachside promenade and botanic sanctuary of Parc Forestier, which is full of exotic wildlife, deer and the flightless cagou, New Caledonia's national bird.

Wake early for the daily fresh food markets, and become familiar with the nation’s history in Noumea's two museums, then experience Melanesian mysticism first hand at the Tijbaou Cultural Centre. The beautiful Gothic cathedral of St Joseph's showcases spectactular city views, and the beaches at Anse Vata and Baie des Citrons are hives of windsurfing, snorkelling and swimming activity.

Insiders' Tips

  • Visit the 'House of Mankind': Visit 'Mwa Ka', a 12-metre totem pole, with a chief's hut sat atop. The carvings are elaborate and represent the 8 customary regions of New Caledonia.
  • Stroll Pierre Vernier Promenade: Admire the old colonial buildings and streets lined with coconut palms.
  • Shop in Place Des Cocotiers: situated in the heart of the city, this vibrant district offers Noumea's best bookstores, cafes and souvenirs.
  • Dine out French Style: Noumea offers the Francophile myriad dining options. From a breakfast of croissants and coffee to a silver-service evening feast, French foods and restaurants are abundant.


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