Top Attractions in Noumea
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- Rating should be a 6. What a sensational day run by a very professional family.
Starting with several staff/crew seeking us out to introduce themselves as English speaking and asking that we seek them out if we have questions. The island is spectacular and the snorkeling fantastic. Greeted by turtles swimming beside the jetty when we arrived. Lunch was way beyond our expectations - heaps of variety, heaps of food, from grilled tuna and paella, to pulled pork and various salads and much, much more.
The fantastic crewman on the glass bottom boat saved seats next to him so he could interpret the French commentary, which was so nice.
You run such a professional business, with staff that seem to take on a variety of roles, from serving food, working in the shop, playing guitar, dancing, and they all were so polite and enthusiastic. The family should be proud of what you have created, both professionally and as an experience. The systems you have developed put many large businesses to shame. Bravo!!!Written 16 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- It was a nice little museum. It takes about 1-2 hours to visit. It is the only place to see the giant turtles up close.Written 28 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We visited TCC not really knowing what to expect. We were not disappointed - from the friendly welcome to the impressive architecture to the captivating displays and cultural heritage interpretation . Interpretative panels were generally in both French and English and were well composed and easily read. Even thought the public areas were not airconditioned, the environment on the hot day we visited was reasonable. A visit is well worth the travelling out from the city of Noumea. Congratulations TCC on an outstanding resource.Written 5 March 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Great sized island with enough space to loose the maddening crowds. Staff were very friendly. Nice and close to noumea. Couldn’t believe how many turtles and fish we saw. Our teenagers enjoyed canoeing around the island. Make sure you get there early before the wind picks up.Written 28 December 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The best part is that it is cheap and easy to get to. Just walk up to the yellow taxi boat in the beach and get on (every 30 minutes?). Cost about 1000 francs. Take about 5 minutes on the boat.
The snorkeling is pretty good, and plenty of seats and umbrellas.
The worst part is the cost at the bar. 2 local bears, to soft drink and 2 hot chips was about $80USD ($110AUD)
Tip - take your own drinks and snacks.Written 17 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Swimming in Anse Vata bay- the best swimming spot is right in front of the LeMeridian- there is public access you don’t have to stay there-just head for the long jetty.
Best swimming is in the left side of the jetty (facing the water), go past the sea grass and it’s shallow and silky soft sand.and best snorkelling is on the right side of the jetty. Lots of colourful coral and fish, (and sea snakes ) just get past the sea grass and you enter an amazing coral formation super close to shore! (Like 20m off the beach!!).
Jump off the jetty, the kids love it!
Spotted a sea HUGE turtle 20m off shore just cruising around at Anse Vata bay right near jetty cheating the sea grass.
Weather- we got VERY lucky with the weather . Blue skies every day (here 7 nights), and not a drop of rain until our last 24hours of our stay.
It is the wet season so we were very fortunate.
Great playground for kids in Burger King for rainy day activity. Heard aquariumwas good from local.
Great kids playground on main road behind Château royal and le meridian
At this time of year (January) Anse Vata is VERY windy in the afternoons, water super choppy. But the bay is lovely and calm in the mornings.Written 16 March 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Long expanse of beautiful beach close to town and on a large bay. Known as lemon beach. Popular with locals and tourists alikeWritten 23 February 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I really like the bottles, glassware and small items found on the wrecks, the amazing kerosene run light for the lighthouse and all the information on la Perouse, and Captian Cooks anchor and all the interactive things for children to do especially the cannon that shoots the tall ships, the toilets are very clean and the staff are fluent in English and very friendly & helpful.Written 21 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We booked this tour as we had been to noumea before and wanted to do some snorkelling. It is the best tour we have done on a cruise ship by far and while priced slightly higher was well worth it. All the staff were amazing, helpful and friendly. The island was beautiful and we got to swim with turtles a large range of fish and see some lovely coral. The lunch that was put on was exceptional and cocktails (non alcoholic and alcholic) beer and wine were all provided free during lunch. There was a show of traditional dancing which they got the crowd involved in and multiple other displays through the day as well as a glass bottom boat ride. There are a lot of snakes on the island but they ate harmless. They were arouns our chairs and in the water but they never come near you. If your looking for a goid day trip with beautiful scenery thus is it.Written 18 March 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Not a proper Zoo but good if you are a bird watcher. Spent an enjoyable half day walking through the park. The best way to see a Cagou with lots on display. Great gardens and aviaries . Very reasonable admission price too. Good for half dayWritten 1 March 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The Noumea Morning Market is located at the south end of the CBD, just over from the main bus terminal. There is a vast array of local and imported fresh produce, which seemed to cater mainly to locals. Try the main coffee shop and the boulangerie - both seemed very popular. Attached are a large number of craft stalls, selling clothing and local souvenirs. Prices seemed high compared with an Asian market or even other Pacific Islands. Bargain of the day was a very nice lady’s top for CPF1000 (NZ$14) plus some excellent things for our grandson. Price no object for him!Written 3 March 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I wouldn't go out of my way to see this. It's just a small city square with a fountain that was turned off, some coconut trees, some grass and an open paved area. Perhaps an okay place to eat a picnic lunch if you don't mind crowds.Written 22 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Much more than military history, it outlines the transition of New Caledonia into the post imperial world through the presence of 50,000 Allied servicemen, mainly American, during WW2. There is enough English to follow the story, but “O level” French will help. The local Information Office said it was cash only for entry, but the museum now accepts cards. Entry costs very little, seniors for example, pay the equivalent of $1 US. There no cafe, neither gift shop, it is no frills, but well worth a visit.Written 17 February 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Great beach on one side, parks, restaurants & shops on the other.
Wide walkways, exercise equipment, running tracks and picnic spots all the way. Not too crowded but used by many people. You can walk from Anse Vata into town via Lemon Bay and around the Marina.Written 14 June 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Taneo (the successor of Karuia from October last year) provide an efficient and regular service thoughout all areas of Noumea we wanted to visit. They have all new air conditioned buses with electronic ticketing (although paper/card ticket can still be purchased from the driver). Passes were good value for us as we travelled daily from the Ouen Toro terminus. Most drivers were polite and helpful. We encountered some late running and almost missed connections due to tourists who delayed the bus departures through inadequate preparation for their public transport journey. I would recommend all tourists who are contemplating public transport download at least the bus map and general information (including fares) before travelling. Paper copies of maps, information and timetables are available form the Taneo office at the Place Moselle bus station. Overall, good service Taneo - well done.Written 5 March 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions about Noumea
- The best day trips from Noumea according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- The "French Touch" Tour
- Amedee Island and Outer Reef Half-Day Private Water Taxi Tour from Noumea
- Duck Island
- North: Bourail
- Private Half-Day Escapade Island Sailing Tour from Noumea