Nouméa Travel Guide

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Nouméa Highlights

  • Pro
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    abott says…

     Fantastic atmosphere, great weather, lovely people 

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     Very, Very Expensive! 

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     Superb city to spend time in while preparing for visits to the outer islands 

Nouméa Things to Do

  • Baie des Citrons

    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...

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  • Monuments of the City

    You have also to visit the monuments of the city, but don't waste your time just in Noumea, try to travel by boat to the others isles.

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  • Go to one of the beaches

    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...

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  • Anse Vata

    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.

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  • Noumea Zoo

    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...

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  • Territorial Museum

    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.

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  • Ile Aux Canards

    Getting the taxi boat over to Ile Aux Canards (Duck Island) was well worth it.Good swimming, you can hire snorkels and get amongst it. Excellent snorkelling, and a great place to get away from it and relax.It's a short taxi ride from Anse Vata.

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  • Tjibaou Kanak Cultural Centre

    This is the place to come and learn about Kanak culture, there are plenty of interesting exhibits.Admittance is 500 XPFYou get to learn a bit about Jean-Marie Tjibaou as well, the Kanak leader who was assassinated in 1989.

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  • Amedee Lighthouse

    This is an trip not to be missed.You are picked up from your hotel, delivered to the Mary D which takes you out to the lighthouse (about 1 hour)The trip includes fish feeding, snorkling, shark feeding out on the reef, a fantastic lunch with wine and a cultural show.You can climb to the top of the lighthouse if you wish (I didn't, but I hear the...

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Nouméa Restaurants

  • 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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  • Great french cuisine in Noumea

    The oldest French restaurant in New Caledonia opened in 1970 by a French coiuple originally from French Algeria. French traditional cuisine from the South West of France, especially Foie gras and Duck and of course cassoulet. A good choice would have been the assorted seafood platter for about US$35, enough of a main dish for two with lobsters,...

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Nouméa Nightlife

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    by fpb72 Written Apr 7, 2005

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    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 ever seen in a bar - a fabulous way to cool down after a day on the beach! Weekends see DJ's playing (with regular theme nights with O/S DJ's! Check it out and have a "Deep Freeze" for me :)

    Dress Code: No particular dress code - just smart chic casual - probably better to wear jeans or pants for men and regular footwear (purely to protect your feet when it's crowded!!!!!!)

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Nouméa Transportation

  • Avoid flying Air Calin to islands

    You may have confirmed reservations and tickets, but there is no guarantee you will get to your domestic destination with Air Caledonie. There are frequent strikes by airport personnel (baggage handlers, in particular), and there are strong labour unions in NC. There are stories about tourists who had to stay on nearby islands for a week because of...

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  • Airport transfer - avoid the taxi

    When arriving into Noumea, if you haven't pre-arranged your airport transfers... be wary taking a taxi into Noumea from Tontouta International Airport. The airport is located 45 kilometres north of the city. A cab ride will cost you about $100AUD one way.A bus ride into the city will cost you 3000CFP or ~ $42 AUD (depending on exchange rate).To...

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  • Consider hiring a car

    Depending on what your plans are I would suggest hiring a car as even though they have plenty of taxi's, finding one at the right time can prove to be difficult, buses can be even more difficult (especially if you cant speak french). Allthough most of the main attractions arent too far from the city, if you wanted to go out of the city, unless you...

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Nouméa Shopping

  • 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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  • Great Market

    The market is more of a food market than anything although you can also buy clothes and souvenirs there.Fresh fruit and veg, baguettes, croissants and awesome seafood can all be had.Great way to stock up for a day at the beach!

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  • Lunch on a budget!

    New Caledonia can be notoriously expensive for food so for a satifying lunch on a budget, do what the locals do!!!! Head to the nearest patisserie and buy some wonderful bread, some decadent french pastries, or a filled baugette (all VERY affordable) or head to the local supermarket or grocery store and pick up cheese, sliced meats, salad/antipasto...

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Nouméa Local Customs

  • by Firez Written Jul 29, 2007

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    This is a French colony and the natives speak in their own local languages and French. At least be polite and try to learn some basic words/phrases instead of hoping/expected them to speak in English.

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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

  • An interesting Gallery of Art: Naturami

    Open by two local married painters: Anne Marie d'Anglebermes and Patrick Duffieux Phone /Fax: (687)28 25 42Cell: 91 99 97 or 78 81 41Email: naturami.galerie@lagoon.ncAddress: Valleee des Colons - 81, rue Charleroi Baie de Sainte Marie. Transportation: #2 blue line bus at stop CharleroiOpen Tu-Fri 8:30-11:30 and 14:30-17:30 Sat 8:30-11:30 and Monday...

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  • Indonesian Monument

    This monument for the centennary of the local Indonesian community is of no interest to most visitors, but it was a surprise find for me and I still put it here for the benefit of my Indonesian friends!

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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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