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    National Museum

    by minstrel74 Written Dec 9, 2004

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    Definitely worth a visit. This facility holds a wonderful collection of cultural artifacts both from New Caledonia and other island nations of the Pacific, even Irian Jaya and Papua New Guinea. There are nguzunguzus from the Solomon Islands and some beautiful tamtam drums from Malekula and Ambrym Islands in Vanuatu. The only complaint is that the plaques were all in French without English translations. Quite a problem for those of us whose French is a little shakey.

    Entrance at the time of my visit cost 200 CFP. Be sure to check on this--the currency in use has possibly changed by now.

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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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    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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    Take a tour.

    by lou31 Written Aug 28, 2004

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    I highly reccomend you take some sort of tour. There are many to choose from. You can go by bus, petit train, horse drawn carriage or even on a Harley Davidson. Noumea is relatively large and I don't reccomend driving around yourself. Alot of winding streets and people tend to put there foot down a bit. To get the most out of Nomea you really have to get out there and see the many sights. Taking a tour is the best and safest way. Some tours include pastries and drinks others champagne. Ours did and the pastries were delicious! I think I paid about $45 and it was well worth it. Pictures coming soon.

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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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    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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    Territorial Museum

    by salisbury3933 Written Jul 26, 2007

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    The territorial museum in Noumea is well worth visiting. Not only does it have ethnographical displays on the peoples of New Caledonia, but there are displays of other cultures from neighbouring countries as well.

    A good place to spend a couple of hours exploring.

    Traditional Kanak House

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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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    Anse Vata

    by hunwagner Written Jul 11, 2006

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    Noumea's premier beach stretches in the south of the city, flanked by hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops and the like.
    It is also the beach preferred by the younger, sportier crowd like surfers and topless sunbathers.

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    Off-shore islands

    by hunwagner Written Jul 11, 2006

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    If the city beaches are not your thing, you can hire speedboats to fery you across to a number of nearby islets.
    Ilot aux Canards, shown on this photo, is the closest one, right in front of Anse Vata.

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    Territorial Congress

    by hunwagner Updated Jul 13, 2006

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    Just past the Protestant church is the plce where New Caledonia's 54 seat congress meets.
    More of political than architectural interest, it is also supposed to house a small collection of local rocks and shells inside, which are open for public viewing.

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    Government House

    by hunwagner Written Jul 11, 2006

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    The residence of the French High Commissioner is a beautiful, colonial-style villa nearby, which is of course not open for the public.
    You can still get a decent view of the exterior across the fence from the western side.

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    Take a trip to Amedee Lighthouse

    by abott Written Apr 23, 2006

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    Fantastic day trip aboard the Mary D. All inclusive day - boat ride to lighthouse island, lunch (which was fantastic including wine), glass bottom boat tours, boat ride to the edge of the reef where you can snokel.... all for 12,000 CFP. This converted into $173 AUD.

    Climbing the 247 steps up to the top of the light house is well worth it. For some reason the cost of climbing the lighthouse is an additional charge... albeit 150CFP. The view from atop of the light house is spectacular.

    Check out the web site for the Mary D enterprises. They run the day trip. The company will collect you from your hotel and return you at the end of the day.

    You can book you a place at their web site. I would recommend doing this in peak season.

    Taken on approach to the island Built in France, shipped to Noumea, erected 1862 Panorama view from the lighthouse Amedee Lighthouse, spectacular view up top Local inhabitant - Tricot snake, small harmless
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    Nouméa Aquarium

    by minstrel74 Written Dec 9, 2004

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    This is a fantastic place to hang out for a morning or afternoon. Most of the tanks display small reef fish, but they're very colorful and a delight to look at. Also on display are a few larger specimans, such as sea turtles, sea snakes, reef sharks, stingrays, and coral. The best room by far, though, is the one which is dark. Once you walk in you can barely see your way around. This is because you are in the fluorescent coral gardens and the only lights are dim ones just bright enough to bring out incredible natural colors from the displayed corals. The last tank in this room is most certainly the most interesting. Inside are several New Caledonia nautiluses. Every once in a while, one hits the window, and the shell makes a clanking sound like an underwater wedding toast.

    Anyway, touristy though it may be, I had a great time and highly recommend a visit by anyone interested in the marine life of the Pacific.

    Admission at the time was 600 CFP.

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    Noumea Zoo

    by salisbury3933 Written Jul 27, 2007

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    There aren't terribly many large animals in this place, understandable I suppose given the population of New Caledonia.

    There are a lot of birds, and it's quite a pretty place to stroll around and have a look.

    I recommend getting there from town either by Taxi, or on the Noumea explorer.

    Admission is 300XPF for adults and free for kids, which is a bonus.

    The highlight for me was seeing the Kagou, a native bird of New Caledonia.

    The Kagou

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