Noumea, New Caledonia
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.
Average Temperatures in Noumea (°C)
Featured Shore Tours from Noumea
Noumea in a Nutshell NOU-000
The most comprehensive tour of this picturesque peninsular gives you an easy-paced, guided overview of Noumea’s city, hills, bays, beaches and...
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...
Zodiak Ride To Duck Island NOU-010
Take a nail-biting 20-minute high-speed Zodiac ride across to the spectacular marine and island reserve park of Noumea’s Duck Island. Take in the...
Feathers and Fauna NOU-025
If you seek tranquillity, you’ll find it in the hills overlooking the city of Noumea, at the Parc Zoologique et Forestier. A guided tour along a...
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 awarded a...
Amedee Island Family Package NOU-033
Family package to Amadee Island. The price includes tickets for two adults and two children (12 years and under).
Amedee Island, a tiny coral...
Dumbea River Kayak & Swim NOU-035
The perfect blend of adventure and eco-tourism awaits on this fantastic tour of the Dumbea River, which meanders through the surrounding mineral-rich...
Parc Zoologique et Forestier Segway Experience NOU-040
Departing the wharf, take a short transfer through the city to the Parc Zoologique et Forestier. Upon arrival, you’ll be paired with your segway and...
Noumea Segway Adventure NOU-041
What better way to see Anse Vata and Lemon Bay Beaches than by Segway. Departing the wharf, take a short transfer to Anse Vata Beach. After a safety...
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 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.
If you intend to purchase any Duty Free products while visiting Noumea you MUST bring your passport ashore with you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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