Nouméa Things to Do

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    Tjibaou Kanak Cultural Centre

    by globetrott Written Sep 11, 2014

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    The so-called Tjibaou Kanak Cultural Centre is first of all a very interesting building in quite an unusual architecture ! It is a place to learn about the Kanak culture and heritage and there are current other exhibitions as well.
    The Cultural centre was named after Jean-Marie Tjibaou, a Kanak leader who was assassinated in 1989 ! A part of the museum is also dedicated to him !
    The entrancefee is 500 XPF = 5,4 US S = 3,33 GB P = 4,2 Euro = 5,9 AUS S
    It is a pity that the tourbuses are not able to get any closer, as the Tjibaou Kanak Cultural Centre is surrounded by a park and so I was able to take some pics only from a distance.

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    Anse De Kuendu - beach resort

    by globetrott Updated Sep 11, 2014

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    This hotel is open for visitors as well and so it makes a perfect halfday or fulldaytrip, even when you spend the night in another hotel of the island.
    This resort is such a quiet place in a scenic surrounding, with elegant Bungalows that were built quite similar to the local houses in the traditional style of New Caledonia.
    There is a Restaurant built on stilts and in some parts you have a thatched Roof but no Windows, just a fence towards the sea, so you will get all the great fresh air into the dininghalls. There are waterslides etc. for the children and a wide garden-area to sit and enjoy the landscape and the tropic atmosphere !

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    The Bernheim Library

    by globetrott Written Sep 11, 2014

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    The Bernheim Library is named after Lucien Bernheim. He saw this pavillion in Paris, where it was built as the pavillion for New Caledonia for the Universal Exhibition of 1900.
    He had the idea and also payed for the dismantling of the pavillion and send it to Noumea, where it was reconstructed inside a large park and it finally became the town-library.

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    The old Policestation is a restaurant now

    by globetrott Written Sep 11, 2014

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    In 1893 Mr. Jean Oules rented his house to the Police Authorities: The ground floor was used for the offices, the upper floor for the dwelling of the commissaire. And there was also the prison at the rear of the courtyard. At that time Noumea did not have more than just 3000 inhabitants.
    In 1937 they had to build a larger policestation and this building was then used for shops but in the year 1999 it was turned into a restaurant and that is what you see there still nowadays.

    In my last picture: another interesting building in the colonial style.

    another interesting building in the colonial style
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    great architecture in the old town of Noumea

    by globetrott Updated Sep 11, 2014

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    Take a walk through the old part of the City of Noumea, because most of the Tourist-buses will be stuck there and this is why they will not drive through the old streets of town. Otherwise you will miss a lot of the typical local architecture like it is shown here in my Pictures.

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    Place des Cocotiers

    by globetrott Written Sep 11, 2014

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    The Place des Cocotiers is the largest and most popular square in Noumea and you will find there lots of shady and interesting tropical trees some statues and fountains. Place des Cocotiers is a great place to relax a bit in the shade on a sunny day.
    One of the many sights of this sqare is the music pavillon that you will see in my main picture. That "Kiosk à Musique" Dates back to the year 1879 and it has a Lyra on top of it.

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    The chandelier & more of St Joseph's Cathedral

    by globetrott Updated Sep 10, 2014

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    The chandelier / Grand Lustre of St Joseph's Cathedral was a gift from the local Nickel-factory and it was made out of the very first nickelfoil in 1891 that was won in Noumea.
    The very first church of Noumea, devoted to St. Clotilde was damaged by a Cyclone in 1880 and that is why they tried to make St. Joseph's Cathedral much stronger and also big enough for thousand People. Noumea had just 3000 inhabitants at that time.
    In my last Picture you can see something Special: a giant Shell is used as a stoup.
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    Churchservice is :
    Weekdays: 06.00am & 06.o0pm
    Saturdays: 03.00pm
    Sundays: 06.00am + 09.00am + 06.30pm

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    The interior of St Joseph's Cathedral

    by globetrott Updated Sep 10, 2014

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    This is the great interior of St Joseph's Cathedral: there are some excellent woodcarvings like I did not expect them to be found at the end of the world in such a remote place like Noumea. Inside the church you will find a leaflet with some Infos about the church and there they say: "Walls all around the choir are lined with Mangrove tinted wooden panelling carved in acacia and dark pine. The High Altar is dating back to 1860 and comes from the Mission stations of St. Louis and are beautifully carved in acacia. It was sculptured out of one huge piece of stone from Mount Berard. Columns and capital carved in White veined silightly yellowish stone from Mount Coffyn. Stained-glass Windows had been offered by generous benefactors from France.

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    St Joseph's Cathedral

    by globetrott Updated Sep 10, 2014

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    St Joseph's Cathedral

    St Joseph's Cathedral is the biggest church of Noumea and it was built in 1888. It is quite an impressive building, built on top of a small hill and it has a terrace in front of it, that was filled up behind a high wall. From there you will have a good view of the city of Noumea and it is also well worth to take a look inside the church as well for some great colored windows, woodcarvings and other nice details.
    The entrance is through a sidedoor, whenever the maingates might be closed !

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    Take a water taxi to Ile aux Canards (Duck Island)

    by Merebin Written Jul 21, 2014

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    Ile aux Canards (Duck Island) is one of the small, highly visible islands just off the beach of Anse Vata. Ile aux Canards is the closer (and smaller) of the two islands. There are a few water taxi options to get to the island - the faster, yellow boats from the centre of Anse Vata beach, or the recommended slower boats from the end of Colleen excursions at the end of Anse Vata, at the Bais des Citrons end. Colleen excursions boats are slower, but they have a glass bottomed section that allows you to catch a glimpse of some of the marine life. The return trip is 1000cfp per person.

    Once on the island, snorkel gear can be readily hired to explore the underwater snorkel trail, or beach lounge chairs for the less adventurous. There is a bar / restaurant and some (basic) toilets available on the island.

    Ile aux Canards Seagull View from glass bottomed boat Ile aux Canards
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    Meet the Marine Life at the Aquarium

    by Merebin Written Jul 18, 2014

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    The Aquarium des Lagons is located on the beachfront, a short walk from Anse Vata or Bais de Citrons beach areas. Huge tanks of corals, nautilus and other local sea creatures provide a good chance to learn about local marine life without the need for snorkel or scuba gear. A great option for a break from the beach, especially if you're traveling with kids.

    Displays are in both French and English. The entrance fee is 1000cfp for adults and the aquarium is open every day, apart from Monday.

    Fish at Noumea Aquarium Aquarium Aquarium Aquarium
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    Visit St Joseph's Cathedral

    by Merebin Written Jul 10, 2014

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    St Joseph's Cathedral was built in the late 1800s with convict labour and has great views from its elevated position over Noumea. The giant holy water stoups that great visitors are the shells of giant clams - a nod to Noumea's enviable coastal position - while the detailed stained glass windows would be at home in any European cathedral.
    Entrance to the Cathedral is free and it is open most days to visitors, apart from Sundays. However, on Sundays visitors are able to attend services. If the front doors aren't open, try to side doors.

    St Joseph's Cathedral St Joseph's Cathedral Giant clam shells holding holy water St Joseph's Cathedral
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    Baie des Citrons

    by hunwagner Updated Jun 25, 2009

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    OK, enough of sightseeing! :-)

    For many visitors, Noumea's main attractions are the beaches.
    There are several of them, but as I am not a fan of beaches, I only checked out the two most popular ones. I must admit they are very good for beaches in a major city!

    Baie des Citrons is the shorter, quieter of the two main beaches. It is also the more sheltered one, usually better for swimming. It tends to attract a more "senior" crowd.

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    Go to one of the beaches

    by Reviled Written Aug 21, 2007

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    The beaches are amazing here, and the best thing is, you can walk to some awesome beaches from the heart of the city, it may take you about half an hour, but it will give you a chance to take in the scenery. Most of the beaches are top less, so girls, it gives you a chance to loosen up a bit and just enjoy yourself, while guys, it gives you something else to enjoy apart from the awesome sand and warm water.

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    Anse Vata

    by salisbury3933 Written Jul 27, 2007

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    The main tourist area in Noumea is Anse Vata, where a lot of the hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops are located.

    It also has a good beach, where people swim, snorkel, windsurf and so on. Even if you don't stay here, it's a short bus ride from town.

    Anse Vata beach

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