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Noumea Highlights, New Caledonia

South Pacific
South Pacific
South Pacific
South Pacific

Noumea Highlights, New Caledonia

story by: Inspire South Pacific

The Place des Cocotiers is a perfect place to begin an exploration of the Paris of the Pacific. While the ornate bandstand and cafés could be straight from France, towering flame trees and tropical produce at the market add an exotic South Seas touch. The temptations of boutiques offering fashion straight from Paris will keep shoppers engrossed but the beaches of Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata are also irresistible. Getting around is easy with an Explorer pass to use on hop-on, hop-off buses. One of Noumea’s star attractions is the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, a masterpiece inspired by Kanak architecture. Evenings entice with a host of restaurants, bars and casinos. For a change of pace take a lagoon boat trip to the 140-year-old Amedee lighthouse. The island’s underwater world waits beyond its beaches.

Highlights

• SPEND SOME TIME AT THE TJIBAOU CULTURAL CENTRE – Discover the unique architectural buildings just 10 minutes from the city centre. The bold, modern style, both elegant and restrained, has been designed from the inspiration of traditional Kanak architecture. View fantastic art and artefacts from all over the South Pacific.

• AMEDEE LIGHTHOUSE – Take an excursion further afield to the Amedee Lighthouse located within a natural Marine Reserve and home to a large variety of coloured tropical fish. This trip is a “must do” for those who like snorkelling. Your excursion includes return catamaran transfers from Noumea, buffet lunch, cultural dancing and a glass bottom boat ride.

• ANSE VATA BAY – This is the main area for sea activities. Also pleasant for a walk along the beach fringed by coconut trees. Numerous hotels, shops and restaurants and night clubs are also located at Anse Vata Bay.

• SIT BACK AND RELAX AT BAIE DES CITRONS – Baie des Citrons is the perfect place for a family day at the beach or a meal in one of its restaurants and cafés.

• PLACE DES COCOTIERS – Or Coconut Square. Shadowed by centenary flame trees right in the heart of the city. Thursday night markets are great for local handicrafts, food and entertainment.

• NOUMEA AQUARIUM – World famous for its fluorescent corals and numerous varieties of tropical sea life, the Aquarium is located between the two main beaches – Anse Vata and Baie des Citrons.

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