Noumea, New Caledonia 

Experience the cosmopolitan Noumea
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Discover what it means to mix European chic with tropical heat as you discover the New Caledonia’s mesmerising capital.
Lost in Noumea
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Meet comedian Monty Franklin in our next destination video as he discovers Noumea on foot.
Myth of the Kanak Culture
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Discover the Pacific region’s rich and varied indigenous culture at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, designed by world famous architect Renzo Piano.
Jetskiing in Noumea
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Participate in a fantastic 30-minute ride on a jet ski in Noumea’s picturesque harbour.
Scenic Drive with Cheese and Wine Stop
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Relax and enjoy French wine with cheese
Amadee Island
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Amedee Island is a tiny coral atoll located just 18 kilometres south of Noumea.
Tree to Tree Adventure
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Test your balance and boldness in total safety amongst the tree canopy of the Koghis Forest.

Experience the cosmopolitan Noumea

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Heavily influenced by both its French roots and South Pacific locale, Noumea is a place unlike any other. Ride Le Petit Train into town from the port to sample traditional French and local delicacies, shop in old markets and take in the colonial architecture.

Lost in Noumea

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Meet comedian Monty Franklin in our next destination video as he discovers Noumea on foot. He has a few hints and tips about what you might like to see and eat while you are in port. Whether you decide on a Shore Tour or solo exploration time, planning is key when visiting this incredible city.

Myth of the Kanak Culture

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Discover the Pacific region’s rich and varied indigenous culture at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, designed by world famous architect Renzo Piano. The centre showcases world class exhibits and collections of both Kanak and Pacific cultures.

Jetskiing in Noumea

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Participate in a fantastic 30-minute ride on a jet ski in Noumea’s picturesque harbour.  Take the controls of a 1200cc-100p horse power, 2-seater jet ski, and with your instructor, set off to explore part of the world’s largest lagoon.

Scenic Drive with Cheese and Wine Stop

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Relax and enjoy French wine with cheese to compliment the vintage at one of Noumea’s top restaurant , La coupole, passing by Anse Vata Beach on the journey.

Amadee Island

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Amedee Island is a tiny coral atoll located just 18 kilometres south of Noumea. Step ashore and enjoy white sandy beaches with ample shaded areas, pathways criss-crossing the island, a children’s playground and crystal clear water boasting an abundant array of colourful coral and fish species.

Tree to Tree Adventure

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Test your balance and boldness in total safety amongst the tree canopy of the Koghis Forest. From this perspective, enjoy a bird’s eye view of the virgin forest of Mount Koghis, together with the exhilarating adrenalin rush of adventure.

The Pacific's most cosmopolitan city is also its most French. Noumea is where Pacific Island lifestyle meets French sophistication. A unique mix of Melanesian and European culture topped off with Asian influences, it’s a place where you can be relaxing on a white sand beach one minute and shopping market stalls and trendy boutiques the next. Treat your taste buds to authentic French crepes, croissants, cheeses and dishes accented with fresh flavours of the Pacific Islands. C'est extraordinaire!

Noumea is New Caledonia’s capital. Founded as Port-de-France by the French in the 1850s, it later became the main base for the American army during the Pacific conflict in World War II. Today, American place names still mingle with the French ones, and WWII guns still watch over the city.

Cheerful and cosmopolitan, classy yet casual, Noumea offers something for everyone. Well-served by public transport (including the famous Yellow Tchou Tchou train) and taxis, it’s easy to get around and see everything this relaxed and relaxing city has to offer.

Or, to get the most out of your time, a Shore Tour can give you a real taste of all Noumea and its surrounds has to offer, on land and sea. Take a P&O Cruises Shore Tour and let our expert guides show you the best restaurants in town, stunning bays, beaches and the world's largest lagoon. Kayak down pristine rivers, or visit Amedee Island with its crystal-clear waters teeming with brightly coloured fish.

 

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Featured Shore Tours from Noumea 

 

  • Noumea in a Nutshell NOU-000

    The most comprehensive tour of this picturesque peninsular, giving you an easy paced, guided overview of Noumea’s city, hills, bays, beaches and the...

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  • The Tchou Tchou Train NOU-005

    Board the Tchou Tchou Train for a guided tour of Noumea. Travel through the city centre and up to Notre Dame de Pacific lookout point. Continue to...

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  • The Tchou Tchou Train - Bumble Bee NOU-006

    Board the Tchou Tchou Train for a guided tour of Noumea. Travel through the city centre and up to Notre Dame de Pacific lookout point. Continue to...

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  • The Tchou Tchou Train - Wiki Wiki NOU-007

    Board the Tchou Tchou Train for a guided tour of Noumea. Travel through the city centre and up to Notre Dame de Pacific lookout point. Continue to...

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  • The Tchou Tchou Train - Tiger Lilly NOU-008

    Board the Tchou Tchou Train for a guided tour of Noumea. Travel through the city centre and up to Notre Dame de Pacific lookout point. Continue to...

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  • Zodiak Ride To Duck Island NOU-010

    Enjoy an exhilarating 20 minutes of high speed thrills across to the spectacular marine and island reserve park of Noumea’s Duck Island. Take in the...

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  • Parc Forestier - Botanical Gardens NOU-025

    Escape to the tranquillity of the hills overlooking the city of Noumea. Situated here, at an elevation of 548 feet, Parc Forestier covers 85 acres,...

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  • Amedee Island Marine Reserve NOU-030

    Amedee Island, a tiny coral atoll just 18 kilometres south of Noumea is a real gem. But don’t just take our word for it. It’s been has awarded...

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  • Amedee Island Family Package NOU-033

    Family package to Amadee Island - price includes tickets for 2 adults and 2 children (12 and under) Amedee Island, a tiny coral atoll just 18...

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More about Noumea 

Docking / Disembarkation 

Your ship will dock at the terminal gare maritime, rue Jules Ferry in the heart of Noumea. Clothing and souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets are all within close walking distance from the ship.

Taxis 

Taxis are widely available from Coconut Square and there is a good public bus system. You might also want to climb aboard one of the petit trains that connect many of Noumea’s most interesting attractions. See the onboard Shore Tour Manager for further information.

Duty Free 

If you intend to purchase any Duty Free products while visiting Noumea you MUST bring your passport ashore with you.

Shopping 

Where will you begin? Local handicrafts? Kanak artefacts and art? Designer French clothes and gifts? Duty Free products? Chocolates? There is a great deal of choice in Noumea, and much of it is of superb quality. Think about what you really want to buy and concentrate on finding that special something. Please ensure that the items you purchase do not contravene Australia’s or New Zealand’s strict quarantine laws.

Dining 

Noumea is perfect for gourmets and gastronomes. There are many quality restaurants specialising in traditional French, Kanak and other regional specialties that utilise local ingredients. The condition and method of preparation of food and drinks cannot be monitored by P&O Cruises. With that in mind, passengers are advised that if they purchase or consume this food, they do so entirely at their own risk.

Climate 

The seasons don’t vary too much in New Caledonia. Situated just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, the country’s climate is tropical, not unlike that of parts of coastal Queensland. It is warm and humid from November through to April, but the trade winds temper any extremes. Make sure you stay hydrated and sheltered from the sun.

Credit Cards 

Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted in restaurants, cafés. hotels and stores. ATMs and currency exchanges are located throughout the city. For convenience, you should considering changing money on board the ship before heading into town

Telephones International and Local 

Public telephones are available throughout Noumea.

What To Wear Ashore 

To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, wear comfortable, flat soled shoes, lightweight clothes and a hat, and bring along some sunscreen, insect repellent and bottled water. In cooler months, bring a jacket. It’s also a good idea to bring an umbrella.

Shore Tours 

There is a range of tours available for you to get the most out of your time in Noumea. Subject to availability, tours may be pre reserved prior to your cruise departure on the following link www.pocruises.com.au/cruisepersonaliser or booked onboard at the Shore Tours Desk.

Environment 

Whatever you decide to do after your visit to Noumea or any island port of call, please bring your rubbish back to the ship with you – that includes dead camera batteries, Thank you.

Planning ahead 

Noumea is a true year-round destination, but for snorkelers and SCUBA divers the coral-spawning season of early summer (December) is prime time to visit the world’s second-largest coral reef. In addition, annual events include:

March – cultural exhibition at the Maison des Artisans

May – Pacific Tempo three-day music festival

14 July – as a French territory, New Caledonia marks 14 July, France’s national day, with

fireworks in the Place des Cocotiers

24 September – New Caledonia Day

October – La Regate des Touques when decorative floats are raced along Anse Vata

October (every second year) – festival of contemporary theatre, dance and music.

Note: The information in this page is subject to change without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience, but P&O Cruises cannot accept responsibility for any such alterations. Thank you.


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Helpful Phrases

ENGLISH

FRENCH

Thank you

Merci

Goodbye

Au revoir

Please

S’il vous plait

How much?

C'est combien?

How do you do?

Comment allez vous ?

Fine

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Toilet

Les toilettes

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New Caledonia at a Glance

SIZE: 18,580 square kilometres
POPULATION: 220,000 (2008 est)
LANGUAGE: French and Kanak Dialects
TYPE OF GOVERNMENT: French Overseas Territory and Local Government
CURRENCY:
Pacific Franc (XPF) This is the official currency of all New Caledonian Islands. Please remember that only bank notes are able to be exchanged onboard, Pacific Franc (XPF) coins will not be able to be exchanged when back onboard.

What to see

Tjibaou Cultural Centre

To get a taste of just how influential the Melanesian and Kanak culture is to New Caledonia, look no further than the superb Tjibaou Cultural Centre. This really is one of the Pacific’s most distinctive architectural landmarks, making it a must see for any tourists to the city. Why not visit the Tjibaou Cultural Centre whilst on the P&O shore tour - Myth Of The Kanak Culture

Baie de la Moselle

Here you’ll find exclusive boutiques laden with quality, designer fashions and exquisite gifts. Check out the myriad of boulevards and stroll through delightful town squares.

Baie des Citrons

Noumea is famous for its magnificent beaches. None are more memorable than the white sands and tranquil waters of Baie des Citrons. So grab a beach towel, a good book and enjoy a truly unforgettable day by the aqua blue sea.

Anse Vata

For your very own unique taste of France, take in all the character of the über chic Anse Vata. As you wander classic promenades, the unmistakable beauty will instantly transport you to the French Riviera. NOU-110 Noumea Dicovery And Anse Vata Beach is a great way to visit Anse Vata.

Viva la siesta.

It’s important to remember that many shops and restaurants close in the middle of the day for the traditional two-hour siesta. It may appear that the city has closed, but rest-assured, once two o’clock comes by, everything re-opens.