Your ship will usually dock at the Gare Maritime Terminal in the
heart of Noumea. Souvenir shops can be found in the terminal
and at Coconut Square.
Taxi service is very limited, however, there is a local public bus
system in place. You might also like to join one of our Tchou
Tchou Train tours for an excellent overview of Noumea’s most
Noumea is perfect for lovers of French cuisine. There are
many quality restaurants specialising in their own Plats Du
Jour (dish of the day), as well as local and other regional
specialties, utilizing fresh ingredients from the area. Try the
strip at Lemon Bay Beach for a great selection. Quarantine
authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and
vegetables, dairy and meat products or sandwiches to
be taken off the ship, however commercially packaged
confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed
subject to inspection.
If you intend to purchase any duty-free products while visiting
Noumea, you must bring your passport ashore with you. 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 restassured;
once two o’clock comes by, everything re-opens.
Any souvenirs that are made of plant material or animal
products must be declared to quarantine authorities on
arrival in Australia or New Zealand. Plant material such as
certain seeds and animal products including feathers may be
restricted or need to be treated at the owners’ expense on
arrival in Australia or New Zealand.
Situated just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, New Caledonia’s
climate is tropical. It’s warm and dry most of the year with
afternoon trade winds helping to keep humidity low.