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The islands of New Caledonia are beautiful and diverse. They exist in a beautiful tropical climate and are sheltered by a barrier reef swarming with marine life. There are some beautiful lagoons, coral inlets and jagged bays to be discovered. The locals here are extremely friendly and the lifestyle wonderfully relaxing.

Nouméa is the capital and only city on the main island of New Caledonia, a French territory in the southwest Pacific. The city lies on a peninsula at the island’s southern tip, sandwiched between low hills and a protected deepwater harbour. Founded in 1854 as Nouméa, Nouméa remains dominated by French language and culture. The local economy is based on nickel smelting and tourism.

Nouméa is often referred to as the "Paris of the Pacific" because it possesses a cosmopolitan atmosphere, fine French restaurants, and chic boutiques. Tourists come here to visit the city's many beaches, and to windsurf and sail. Between the two main tourism areas of the town, Ansa Vata Beach and Baie des Citron , a cigar-shaped peninsula juts out into the South Pacific at Nouméa.

Every day when the cruise ships are docked at the cruise terminal, local villagers come to the waterfront (in front of the ship) and perform traditional dances. This proves a master stroke by them as the constant drum beat and chanting draws the crowds to watch. While this is happening the ladies set up stalls and begin to sell drinks and local wares. This is a great experience and will entertain you while disembarking.

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  • Pros:A nice place to vist...A great place to leave.
  • Cons:Very, Very Expensive!
  • Last visit to Nouméa: Sep 2005
  • Intro Updated Oct 4, 2005
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Nice page

  • Oct 2, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    Is this the train ride thing the same as the one you can book through the boat or are they at the terminal? Do you need to book?

  • Xemx's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Knock! Knock! Guess who?! Hi Kev, long time no hear from...hope you and Anne are well. Never heard of this place called Noumea. Being stranded on a coral island doesn't sound too bad, what are you complaining for?!

  • 1courage's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2007 at 2:36 AM

    francly, never heard about this place before (well, what is VT good for if not to see unknown places:) ), but looks like a wonderful holiday paradise. Thanks for the infos. 1Courage

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2006 at 3:40 AM

    Very nice insight into noumea, hope to be able to visit one day! There will be a fireworks display in singapore tonight by a team from new caledonia :)

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