Noumea, New Caledonia

The capital of New Caledonia, Noumea is a little piece of France in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Before World War II, New Caledonia was a little known and seldom-visited French possession known for its penal colony and its natural resources. (Nickel smelting still plays a major role in the island economy.) Today, travelers are drawn to New Caledonia for its scenic beauty. The island is famed for its white-sand beaches while its barrier reef is the world's second longest. The offshore waters also offer superb diving and snorkeling.

In 1774, James Cook thought the island's rugged hills resembled those of his native Scotland. Hence he christened the island New Caledonia. The island and its outlying groups became a French colony in 1854 and an overseas department of France in 1956.

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Points of Interest

  • Aquarium of Noumea
  • Mt. Ouen Toro
  • Baie de Citrons / Lemon Bay Beach
  • Parc Forestier
  • Promenade Vernier
  • Anse Vata & Anse Vata Beach
  • Duck Island (Ilot Canard) or Amedee
  • Maritime Museum
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  • Aquarium of Noumea

    The aquarium, founded in 1956 by biologist Rene Catala, boasts an extensive collection of fish and other aquatic life forms of the area.

  • Mt. Ouen Toro

    At the southern tip of the Noumea peninsula, Mt. Ouen Toro (420 feet) offers stunning views of Noumea. A hike to the summit puts you a stone's throw away from Anse Vata Beach.

  • Baie de Citrons / Lemon Bay Beach

    With big shade trees to picnic under, a broad expanse of sand on which to stretch out, and clear shallow water to cool off in, Baie des Citrons Beach is 'where everyone in Noumea goes swimming.'

  • Parc Forestier

    Perched high above the city, Noumea's zoological and botanical gardens covers 74 miles with an extensive collection of birds and other animals from the region.

  • Promenade Vernier

    The Pierre Vernier promenade stretches along the south coast of Noumea, is an entirely walking trail sheltered from the road by a fence, and is great fun for families and sportsmen who find a place to stretch their legs in a unique setting by the sea with the mountains that hem the horizon. 

  • Anse Vata & Anse Vata Beach

    As one of Noumea's most popular resorts, Anse Vata is a favorite spot for swimming, windsurfing, sailing and kayaking.

  • Duck Island (Ilot Canard) or Amedee

    Duck Island is a natural marine park located in the lagoon surrounding Noumea; Amedee is a tiny islet on the barrier reef marine reserve. Both offer the opportunity to sunbathe and swim in a South Pacific paradise.

  • Maritime Museum

    The Musee Maritime of New Caledonia is located on the road to Nouville, within walking distance from the town centre. It was open in 1999, in the premises of the former maritime terminal, which were made available by the Noumea Port Authority. 

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Noumea Hop on Hop off

7 hours | Noumea | NOU-185
  • Aquarium of Noumea

All aboard on our all day HOP on HOP off bus with 8 stops to visit the major beaches and sites of Noumea. You will receive a full day pass bracelet allowing you to use our buses throughout the day and move on as you wish. We will also include a special discount voucher at a Lemon bay beach bar/restaurant.

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AUD$19.95

Noumea's Mangrove Discovery

2 hours | Noumea | NOU-380

Traveling by air-conditioned motor coach with your guide, you will drive past the bays and beaches of Noumea en route to the Ouemo Peninsula. Step out onto a 400-yard deck to see the mysterious Caledonian mangroves of Ouemo. You'll have 30 minutes of free time to simply observe the wildlife here (some of the animals are very ancient species) and other components of this strange and remarkable habitat.

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AUD$64.95

Parc Forestier - Cagou Encounter

2.5 hours | Noumea | NOU-120
  • Parc Forestier

Venture outside the city to discover lush landscapes, rolling green hills and a peaceful nature reserve. Spot feathered friends, flora and fauna as you take a peaceful guided tour through this 85-acre nature reserve. Spot a huge variety of wild and domestic animals, like the Roussette, Notou, Parakeets and the rare Cagou.

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AUD$79.95

The Tchou Tchou Train

1.5 hours | Noumea | NOU-295
  • Promenade Vernier
  • Mt. Ouen Toro

The 'yellow Tchou Tchou train' (wheeled trolley) is an excellent option for those seeking a guided orientation tour of the city and resort area, complete with the best viewpoint of the peninsula.

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AUD$89.95

Noumea City Sights And Aquarium

2 hours | Noumea | NOU-100
  • Mt. Ouen Toro
  • Promenade Vernier
  • Aquarium of Noumea

Experience the sights and sounds of Noumea on a narrated, half-day drive around town and into the surrounding countryside. You'll visit the renowned Aquarium des Lagons and take in sweeping views from the Ouen Toro Lookout.

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AUD$89.95

Unesco World Heritage site Lagoon Snorkeling

3 hours | Noumea | NOU-815

Noumea is surrounded by crystal-clear, calm water-a sanctuary for some amazing, colorful marine life. You're headed to one of Noumea's top marine park snorkel destinations at either Signal Island, Laregnere Islet or Master Island. Gear up and keep your eyes open for a stunning variety of fish, corals and perhaps even sea turtles playing offshore for about 1 hour in the water.

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AUD$109.95

Best of Noumea

3 hours | Noumea | NOU-105
  • Mt. Ouen Toro

Discover why New Caledonia is likened to 'a touch of France in the South Seas' on this introductory tour by air-conditioned motor coach. Your panoramic journey begins with a drive through the outskirts of Noumea. Visit The Church of the Immaculate Conception and stop at la Ouen Toro Hill to survey the fine city panoramas, picturesque tropical islands and reef-protected waters. Stop for Coffee, Tea and French cakes on the way to Noumea's city center.

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Nature Walk in Endemic Forest

2 hours | Noumea | NOU-205

Take a comfortable, air-conditioned, 30 minute 4WD ride through Noumea's remarkable countryside and breath-taking Koghis Mountains. Enjoy a short, easy 30 minute walk in the Mont Koghi rainforest.

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Zodiac Ride & Duck Island Marine Reserve

3 hours | Noumea | NOU-800
  • Duck Island (Ilot Canard) or Amedee

A small but powerful boat that will take you on a thrillingly fast ride in the stunningly blue waters around Noumea. Disembark at Duck Island for swimming, sunbathing, relaxing on the beach and snorkeling. Later on, you'll re-board the Zodiac and race back across the bays, with great views of Noumea's beaches and waterfront, back to the ship.

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Convict History in New Caledonia

2 hours | Noumea | NOU-210

Discover New Caledonia's convict past at Nouville Peninsula, where you will uncover the historical era of the New Caledonia's first French convict colony. Visit the Nouville Peninsula , the location of the first French convict colony in New Caledonia. Then, travel to the location of the main building that housed the convicts as well as the old Albert Bousquet hospital.

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Forest Parc Segway Experience

2.5 hours | Noumea | NOU-570
  • Parc Forestier

Take a guided Segway tour through the Parc Zoologique et Forestier, spotting interesting flora, fauna and feathered friends along the way including the rare Cagou Bird.

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Amedee Island Marine Reserve

6.75 hours | Noumea | NOU-810
  • Duck Island (Ilot Canard) or Amedee

Just a 45-minute ride away by luxury, high-speed ferry, a little paradise that is home to many turtles, is waiting for you: Amedee Lighthouse Island. Relax on the beautiful white-sand beach or join in the different activities Amedee has to offer.

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AUD$259.95