Noumea Top 10
Collected by edward readicker-henderson, AFAR Local Expert
Noumea, New Caledonia
The place to start any visit to New Caledonia is with the people who first settled the islands. See how the Kanak lived, the art they made and how they’re preserving their culture at the Centre Culturel Jean-Marie Tjibaou, the absolute must-do in...
Îlot Signal, New Caledonia
Six different lagoon clusters off of Nouméa have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In all, more than 9,300 varieties of reef fish and other sea life have been found on the island's reef, making it one of the most diverse ecologies on...
39 Rue Jean Jaurès, Nouméa, New Caledonia
The Kanak have a love-hate relationship with France, but there’s no question: French culture is here to stay. The Musée de la Ville de Nouméa, housed in a beautiful old colonial building, offers an interesting contrast to the native traditions...
Plage de l'Anse Vata, New Caledonia
A lot of people take the flight from Paris to New Caledonia simply for the beaches. Think of Cancún for French people. Windsurfers and kiteboarders head to Anse Vata, a wide, gorgeous beach on the windward side of Nouméa. Go to watch some...
grand récif Aboré, New Caledonia
Think of what a hassle the reef must have been during the great age of exploration. (There are parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef that have not been remapped since Captain Cook.) Nouméa’s aid to mariners is the Amédée Lighthouse (Phare...
RT1, Dumbéa, New Caledonia
Reef snorkeling gets you in the water; the lighthouse gets you above it. To keep the water at something resembling eye level, kayak the Dumbéa River, a short trip from Nouméa. The river runs through a stunning valley and makes a fun paddle for the...
Îlot Canard, New Caledonia
Sometimes it’s best to just sit back and let someone else do all the work. Zodiac trips around the lagoons and bays offer a chance to relax and watch the water change shades of blue like sapphires in a kaleidoscope. Jump off at a nearly deserted...
61 Promenade Roger Laroque, Nouméa, New Caledonia
Find all the colors Crayola was never able to capture with a visit to the Nouméa Aquarium. Anyone who can’t get a chance to swim the lagoon should come to the aquarium simply to see how many vivid reef fish can share the same tiny bit of water....
Quartier Latin, Nouméa, New Caledonia
Mwâ Ka (Big House or House of Man), a monumental 12-meter (40-foot) totem pole, is divided into eight levels, each carved by an artist from one of the eight regions of New Caledonia. In 2004, it was erected in the square across from the New...
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