Noumea is the capital city of New Caledonia, a French territory located in the South Pacific. The city sits on a hilly peninsula on Grand Terre, the country's main island. Much of New Caledonia is made up of sprawling beaches, rugged hills and enclosed lagoons. The islands are also surrounded by beautiful reefs inhabited by rare marine life such as dugongs and Green Sea Turtles. New Caledonia is a French speaking country and is home to many French restaurants and designer stores. Due to its French similarities, Noumea is often referred to as the Paris of the Pacific.
Noumea cruises disembark at the cruise terminal located within walking distance from the township of Noumea.
Sights to See
Many visitors to Noumea book a tour or day trip in advance to the surrounding islands. If you wish to explore the township however, a great way to become familiar with the sights is on the Le Petit train which travels through the city and around most of the major tourist attractions. For a more active journey, hike up to Mount Ouen Toro where you can take in the stunning views of Noumea. New Caledonia's wildlife is also worth admiring and in Noumea you can get up close and personal with the surrounding marine life at New Caledonia's National Aquarium.
What's for Lunch
Head to one of the local resorts for lunch and enjoy a lavish French South Pacific meal while overlooking Noumea's picturesque lagoons and resort pools.
If you see only one thing...
Whether you snorkel the surrounding lagoons or visit the New Caledonia National Aquarium, make sure you see Noumea's beautiful marine life.
French is the official language of Noumea so if you get caught out always remember how to ask someone if they speak English: Parlez-vous anglais?
Purchase some of the local crafts on offer at the morning markets located just south of Noumea's CBD.