Noumea, New Caledonia
Nouméa is the capital city of the French territory of New Caledonia. It is situated on a peninsula in the south of New Caledonia's main island, Grande Terre. It is one of the most westernized cities in the Pacific islands, and while the city itself is not attractive, there are some beautiful beaches on its outskirts.
Attractions in Nouméa include a stroll along the Place des Cocotiers, the local produce market and the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, located 20mins from the city. The focal point of the city is Coconut Park with its attractive colonial houses and beautiful hibiscus and bougainvilleas. The marina is worth a visit and there are attractive beaches at Anse Vata, Baie des Citrons and at Pointe Magnin.
Things to see and do
* Beaches at Anse Vata, Baie des Citrons and at Pointe Magnin
* Le Petit train tour
* Place des Cocotiers Square
* Pierre Vernier promenade
* Tjibaou Cultural Centre
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – CFP franc (XPF)
Language – French
Land Area – 45.7 km²
Population – 95,000 approx
Electricity – 220 volts 50Hz AC. Most power points in homes are European (2 or 3 pin, round)
Time – GMT plus eleven hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 687
Port Location – Cruise ship passengers disembark at the port which is situated in downtown Noumea.
Travel Links – Nouméa's international airport is at Tontouta, the La Tontouta International Airport, 50 kilometres from the city, although there is an airport within the city, Magenta, which services local routes.