Although the monument here has been defaced a little, it's interesting to learn of the history of New Caledonia during WW2, and this little park commemorates the US army who had a base here during the war.
The regard they were held in is shown by the naming of some of the suburbs of Noumea, Motor Pool being one example.
My grandfather also spent some time here during the war with the NZ army.
Anse Vata Beach
You can see a photo of this spot on my intro page. It's really gorgeous and worth a few hours if you have the time. As you walk along the shoreline coming from the city center, you wil pass some of the high-class haunts of Nouméa's wealthiest residents and visitors--a couple dazzling hotels, the yacht club, and many open-air cafés reminiscent of urban France. Once you get to the beach you will see that there are many tourists, but it's still a great place to hang out.
Visit the isle of Pines.
Apart from the obvious, swimming, sunbathing and relaxing, the Isle of Pines would have to be one of the most spectacular and picturesque areas that the South Pacific has to offer. Kato and Kanumera Bays are spectacular in themselves and a walk around the shores of both bays should not be missed. There are plenty of photo opportunities to be had along the way and you can treat yourself to coffee and cake at one of the resorts at the end of these bays.
Near Port Moselle, this is the best place in Noumea to stock up on fresh bakery products, fruit, vegetables or fish.
There are also some handicraft stalls with better prices than the souvenir shops in the centre.
Be sure to come in the morning as it closes really early.
Tropical Island Mixes with Big City Life
What else is there to say, I have been to Noumea twice allready, once in 2000, and again this year. I absolutely love it to bits! It has awesome beaches, an awesome city, and some really beautifull people too!