Nouméa Travel Guide

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Nouméa Things to Do

  • Tjibaou Kanak Cultural Centre

    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...

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  • Anse De Kuendu - beach resort

    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...

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  • The Bernheim Library

    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...

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  • The old Policestation is a restaurant...

    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...

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  • great architecture in the old town of...

    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

    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....

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  • The chandelier & more of St Joseph's...

    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...

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  • The interior of St Joseph's Cathedral

    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...

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  • St Joseph's Cathedral

    St Joseph's CathedralSt 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...

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Nouméa Hotels

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  • Le Lagon

    143 Route de l'Anse Vata, Noumea, Grand Terre, 98845, New Caledonia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Best Western Premier la Promenade-Noumea

    109 Promenade Roger Laroque, Anse Vata, BP 8142, Noumea, Grand Terre, 98807, New Caledonia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • L'Escapade Island Resort

    Ilot Maitre, Noumea, 98847, New Caledonia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Nouméa Restaurants

  • wow, what a surrounding !

    The Restaurant was built on stilts and in some parts you have a thatched Roof but no Windows, so you will get all the great fresh air into the dininghalls. Closeby there are waterslides etc. for the children and a wide garden-area to sit and enjoy the landscape and the tropic atmosphere ! This resort is such a quiet place in a scenic surrounding,...

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  • Good food at a good price

    Great food, in a very good location. The restaurant is located on the Baie de Citrons just around from Anse Vata. This is the part of town where the locals eat. There is a great buzz to the place every night.This restaurant serves good quality food at very good prices.2 pizza's, 1 beer, bottle of wine and a salad cost 5600CFP or ~ $80AUD.

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  • The best tuna and ox !

    The restaurant is opposite the beach (Baie des Citrons), Steakhouse with amazing prices and quality. It's the best steak you will ever have with french fries.Also a great sashimi (tuna) with his special sauce.

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  • Landing Sunday late in Noumea? No...

    Landing on Sunday afternoon in Noumea? All restaurants and food stores are closed! So, what can you do? Where can you eat?There is only one answer: McDonalds is open until midnight on Sunday. It is located at the intersection of rue Foch and rue de Tourville, in Centreville (or downtown). It serves all its universal menus, but the service is...

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  • Best, I don't know, but not bad at all!

    As this place is right next to the hotel we stayed at, and breakfast here was included in the room price, we got to know this place quite well. We also had dinner here as well.It's not too bad, and we found the staff to be quite friendly. Like everywhere else in Noumea though, it's pricey.They also have computers upstairs if you want to connect to...

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  • Good Vietnamese Fare

    We had an excellent meal at this Vietnamese restaurant in Noumea. Recommended, and not too expensive. It's on the second floor, and you can have a good look at what's happening around you.Excellent seafood dishes in particular

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Nouméa Nightlife

  • Beachfront Bar and Brewery

    Le 3 Brasseurs is a bar and microbrewery located on Baie des Citrons in beachfront Noumea. Beers brewed locally are available in a range of sizes, or try them all in a 'tasting tray'. Food is also available and there is a nightly 'happy hour' where prices are more friendly. There is also live music at times. Not the cheapest beer you'll ever drink,...

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  • Beautiful people and groovy tunes

    L'ethnick seems to be the hottest spot in Noumea at the moment! A casual and laid back bar in the resutarant strip of Baie De Citrons, where the hip local crowd gather from dusk for pre dinner drinks & groove to the fantastic dance tunes on the weekends. Fantastic cocktail menu (presented in a metal CD cover!) served in the biggest glasses I've...

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Nouméa Transportation

  • Bustours in Noumea

    As soon as you get to the Tourist-Infornation-Centre where all of the cruise-passangers are taken by the port-shuttlebuses you will see that there are lots of different buses waiting for you to take you around. Below there is a link to a hop-on & off-bus and in my Pictures you will also see other offers of various other tours ! Our ship had almost...

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  • rent a scooter or Car-scooter

    rent a scooter or Car-scooterThere might be a lot of cartrafic and traficjams in the very centre of Noumea, BUT as soon as you go outside of the very centre the trafic is really relaxed and very low. So renting a motorscooter or one of the funny open Car-scooters might make sense for you in order to start your own sightseeingtour of the island of...

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  • The PORT-shuttlebus

    The PORT-shuttlebusThe only way to get ashore for cruisepassangers in Noumea is by shuttlebus, although the portgates are just 200 meters from the ship's pier. BUT the authorities will not let you walk there (for safty reasons) and this is why there is a shuttlebus to a place with a shopping-centre and tourist-information.The big disadvantage about...

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Nouméa Shopping

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  • for food & also souvenirs

    The Central market is where the local people of Noumea will go in order to get fresh vegetables, meat, fishes, bread and other goods and there is quite a small choice as well for Souvenirs so it might be good for tourists to go there as well !--------------------------------------This market starts early in the morningand will close already at...

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  • the shops on the upper floor

    These are the Souvenirs that you can buy on the upper floor of the Tourist-Information-Centre of Noumea, that place, where all of the cruisepassangers will be taken automatically by the port-shuttlebus ! Take a look at my photos, some things are nice, other are simply Tourist-rubbish, but decide for yourself ! Francs is the official currency in...

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  • Dont plan a shopping holiday

    I wouldnt suggest planning a shopping trip to Noumea unless the only thing you want to buy is booze and cigarettes. People in New Caledonia dont pay any income tax, so they oay a higher rate of tax on everything that they buy, this makes it expensive for foreigners wanting to go on a shopping spree. Allthough its not quite as expensive as Tahiti or...

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Nouméa Local Customs

  • Giant tropical trees

    Wow, what a great row of Tropical trees and what a surprise to find them in the very centre of the old part of Noumea ! These trees are close to the old Policestation with some benches where you can relax under these trees in the shade.My favorite picture of that tree is the first one with the Lady walking next to it, so you can see the dimensions...

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  • The Noumea Aquarium

    The Aquarium in Noumea is a great place to visit for the whole Family, especially when it is raining outside and you are interested in the great variety of life in the oceans.You will see turtles, various corals, sea-snakes,New Caledonia Nautilus, stingrays, reef sharks, and many more !The Aquarium is quite close to the City of Noumea - you will...

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  • Beaches of Noumea

    There are various beaches close to Noumea and you will pass by them, when you take a Bustour on the Island. The 2 most famous beaches there are: Baie des Citrons & Anse Vata and like on all other beaches sunbathing topless is no Problem, in the contrary: C'est comme en France !Unfortunately it was very cloudy when I was in Noumea and there was...

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Nouméa Warnings and Dangers

  • ALWAYS CARRY A RELIABLE MOSQUITO...

    NEW CALEDONIA When travelling here in these lovely Islands Always make sure that you are carrying AND using a reliable mosquito repellant. Anywhere in the Pacific Islands and also these tropical areas it is imperative to use a good repellant . A long sleeve shirt and trousers are , I beleive good advice in the evenings and make sure that all...

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  • Scary,Filthy place

    Noumea!Hey guys, i visited noumea on my pno cruise last september.Coinsidently enough we ened up being there on september 24th - new caladonean day . We went to the centre of the city, there was locals and celebrations EVERYWERE. My family & i had a horrible time. I remember walking past a little girl who was staring at me, i smiled and she growled...

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  • Unexpectedly, Taken Prisoner by...

    She knew about me that I would be arriving. I knew nothing about her, instead. And, suddenly, I was taken prisoner from the very moment of arriving on the airport. She asked me over the phone: Where I would go? In what hotel? And helpful people were planted on my way toward "Auberge de Jeunesse" to be sure that I will easily find the way and to...

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Nouméa Off The Beaten Path

  • The old Courthouse is now "Le Village"

    This building is a great example for the colonial style in architecture of New Caledonia: L'ancien palais de justice / The Old courthouse of Noumea is a shopping centre nowadays. But in its beginnings, in 1876 it first was a large hotel. Then the buildings were rented to the judicial authority and so the old court-house was established here during...

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  • The Canons of Mont Ouen Toro

    On Mont Ouen Toro you will find 2 cannons of WW II that had been installed there by the australian army in order to prevent the japanese army to attack New Caledonia. Nowadays Mont Ouen Toro is a great receation-area with hiking-paths and lots of people go there jogging and even paragliding from the top of these hills, that are just about 128...

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  • Square Olry & the townhall

    Square Olry is a sidepart of Place des Cocotiers and it is named after Viceadmiral Olry, who was governor in 1878 and you will see him standing there on top of the Monument in my first 3 pictures here. There are a lot of scenic Tropical trees there as well, so dont miss it !In my last 2 Pictures you will see the "Hotel de Ville" of Noumea ! That is...

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Nouméa Favorites

  • Local Money

    Local mpney are called Francs because New Caledonia is a french colony. With 1 euro you can buy 119.33 FPG.1 euro = 119.33 FPG The beach, the climate and the nature. Here you can feel no polution, you willfeel more in good health than other world cities.

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  • Anse Vata Beach

    The beach in Anse Vata location is very nice, and youcan feel this beach every morning if you choose a hotel close to the beach. I recomand you Le Lantana, it's cheap and frindly.

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  • American Park

    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...

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Explore Deeper into Nouméa
The Tourist-Information-Centre
Local Customs
Jeanne d'Arc & more
Local Customs
An interesting Lectern & a Giant shell
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Traditional music & dancing warriors
Local Customs
the theatre of Noumea
Off The Beaten Path
The University of New Caledonia
Off The Beaten Path
The interior of Eglise du Cœur Immaculé
Off The Beaten Path
Eglise du Cœur Immaculé de Marie
Off The Beaten Path
Weather & Temperatures
Local Customs
Some facts about Noumea
Local Customs
The Tchou Tchou Train of Noumea
Transportation
cruising to Noumea
Transportation
Take a water taxi to Ile aux Canards (Duck Island)
Things to Do
Alcohol Sale Restrictions
Local Customs
Meet the Marine Life at the Aquarium
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Visit St Joseph's Cathedral
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Avoid flying Air Calin to islands
Transportation
Airport transfer - avoid the taxi
Transportation
Baie des Citrons
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An interesting Gallery of Art: Naturami
Off The Beaten Path
Monuments of the City
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Learn French or take someone who can!
Warnings and Dangers
Consider hiring a car
Transportation
Go to one of the beaches
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Learn some French
Local Customs
Anse Vata
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Catholic Cathedral
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Noumea Zoo
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Territorial Museum
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Ile Aux Canards
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Tjibaou Kanak Cultural Centre
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Getting to Ile aux Canards
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City Buses
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Sundays in Noumea
Warnings and Dangers
Great Market
Shopping
To and From Tontouta airport
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Amedee Lighthouse
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Place des Cocotiers
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Indonesian Monument
Off The Beaten Path
Territorial Congress
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Map of Nouméa

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