Cruises from Noumea
Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia is located just a couple of hours flight away from Australia’s east coast and is the gateway to the South Pacific archipelago. Noumea is a seaside town known for its beautiful bays, stunning islets and relaxed Melanesian and European culture. The locals closest to the cruise port speak a little english however for the most of Noumea, French is spoken with very little English. Noumea offers a range of beautiful french tastes where you can dine at a classy hidden restaurant or grab a sweet crepe at a cosy cafe. If holiday shopping is on your to-do list, take a stroll to one of the local boutique stores or several concept stores offering items such as designer jewellery, unique chic fashion and home decor pieces. From family fun activities like exploring the blue crystal clear lagoons or to experience the lifestyle and cultural attractions, you will be glad you visited Noumea, New Caledonia!
Noumea is a culturally diverse city and it is reflected throughout its streets. Take a look around the art galleries or the beautifully restored Nouméa City Hall, which now houses the city museum. Take the time to visit and learn about the rich local Kanak culture. The largest cultural group of New Caledonia and very warm and welcoming in nature, you can experience it by visiting a tribe, attending one of the Tribal island festivals or tasting the local cuisine.
Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata are gorgeous beaches to enjoy taking a dip or wandering through the promenade boutique shops. Îlot Maître and Îlot Canard also offer an ideal setting for a day of exploration or relaxing, and can be reached in just a few minutes by boat. To make the most of Noumea’s warm and sunny climate, the best time to visit Noumea is between April to May and September to November which is the region's dry season. If you plan to snorkel or dive while visiting, June to October offers the best visibility (30-40cm) and the best opportunity to see whales in the wild! Noumea’s cruise port is located 200m from the city centre. Upon stepping off the cruise ships, you are greeted by the warm locals as they perform their traditional welcome dance. It is very accessible as you can find everything you need from local markets, money exchange, tour operators, supermarkets, cafes and restaurants.