On your cruise to Noumea, New Caledonia you will experience a unique blend of French and Melanesian cultures. This capital city of New Caledonia located on the island of Grand Terre has maintained its colorful European architecture and created an environment where diversity rules. No wonder it is currently the “Capital of the Pacific.” The cruise port of Noumea, New Caledonia is one of the most rapidly growing cities in the Pacific, and will soon become a major tourist attraction. Plan to check out this vibrant port city while in its budding stages. As you explore this hidden gem, here are a few places you are sure to fall in love with:
- Tjibaou Cultural Centre was designed to promote an indigenous culture of the South Pacific known as Kanak. The exhibits, sculptures, collections of ritual masks and costumes are used to narrate folklore of the ancient inhabitants.
- Swim with turtles and experience the local culture when you visit the Amedee Lighthouse Island. Considered one of the tallest lighthouses in the world, this outstanding monument was designed by Mr. Rigolet a French engineer who also worked on the Eiffel Tower workshop in Paris. Brave it out as you climb the 247 steps for a panoramic view of the island.
- Enjoy a wonderful time with your family at Baie des Citron (Lemon Bay) where the clear waters and shallow slope will create a great family-friendly experience. Try some local delicacies at the restaurants across the street and shop for special souvenirs to take back home.