8 things to do when you visit Noumea for the first time

It is one of the most populated cities in the New Caledonia archipelago and has a rich multicultural heritage. Thus, Noumea offers the possibility of different types of tourism. Do you want to know this Pacific jewel a little better? We tell you everything you can do when you visit Noumea for the first time.

Located southeast of New Caledonia, is Noumea. It is a peninsula of mountainous character and white sand coasts in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This French colony was founded in 1854 with the name of Port of France and is currently the capital of New Caledonia, with a census that exceeds 150 000 inhabitants.


Known as the largest Francophone city in the Pacific, It has a high level of miscegenation. Although the majority of its inhabitants are neo-Caledonians, there is a considerable population of French and other minorities such as Asians, Polynesians and Canals, a term used for the natives of New Caledonia.

Tourism and nickel mines are the main source of its economy. Therefore, the French government, which also provides financial assistance, has tried to improve international relations to encourage the arrival of tourism to this Pacific peninsula.

Thanks to its tropical climate, it can be visited at any time of the year. But The months between September and January are the most recommended. It is then when the temperature is more pleasant and the climate is optimal to enjoy cultural and coastal tourism.

Whenever possible, the month of May should be avoided. This month coincides with the cyclone season in this area.

The multiple options when it comes to sightseeing in Noumea offer us a wide range of visits and activities to enjoy our stay to the fullest. These are the activities you should not miss.

1. Visit the Plaza de los Cocoteros, the heart of Noumea

Coconut palm square

It is in the center of the city, a few steps from the cathedral of San José. It is a small urban park with a central square with contemporary statues, a pavilion where sometimes there is live music and wide avenues to walk around and enjoy the gardens. It is the center of all the festivities that take place in Noumea.

2. Perform a view of the Territorial Museum

Also located in the heart of the city, and a few steps from the Plaza de los Cocoteros is this museum. In it we can know and admire the artistic works of the first canals.

3. Visit the ruins of the Noville prison

It is an important part of the historical heritage of the city of Noumea. It offers tourists a closer view of what was once the area and the activities that were carried out there. We will also find an old annexed church and today converted into a theater and museum.

4. Visit the Amédée lighthouse

Faro Amédée - Esustaquio Santimano / Wikimedia Commons

The Amédée lighthouse is located on a small island completely uninhabited near the city. It is one of the most visited places in Noumea. It is one of the tallest lighthouses in the world, with 55 meters high. It was commissioned by Count Chasseloup-Laubat, Navy Minister of Napoléon III in 1865.

5. Visit the aquarium of Las Lagunas

The Aquarium of Las Lagunas, also called the Aquarium of Noumea, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a system of more than 30 tanks spread over three levels. It highlights its collection of phosphorescent corals, unique in the world, and its sea turtle pond.

6. Visit the Noumea Zoo and Michel Jatabs Park

Located on top of Montravel, The zoo is another of the most visited places in Noumea. Here we can see a wide collection of the main endemic birds such as the kagú, the emblem bird of the country.

Likewise, the garden also has native species and other exotic plants of great beauty. It also offers a recreational area and ample picnic space to enjoy with the whole family.

7. Visit the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center

Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center

Located at the entrance to the city of Noumea, the cultural center offers several shows and activities dedicated to the Canaco people. It occupies about eight hectares, where contemporary architecture buildings and traditional buildings live together that show the art and culture that has marked the Canaco people.

8. Perform outdoor activities

In Noumea you can enjoy its spectacular beaches and coral reefs, as well as its native vegetation and fauna. Activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, paddle surf or sport fishing will discover the beauty of its waters.

If you prefer land and if you like hiking, there are fascinating routes. They are paths that will allow you to know and live the culture of the native tribes, always friendly to the visitor.

Video: Top 10 things to do in Noumea New Caledonia (April 2020).