Top Things To Do In Noumea

Hello, my name is Tiarna and I am a cruise and travel blogger from Australia. Recently, my family and I went on the Voyager Of The Seas on a cruise around the South Pacific. Noumea was our first port of call! I have traveled to Noumea on numerous occasions and I have put together top things to do in Noumea. 🙂

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Where is Noumea?

Noumea is the capital city of New Caledonia, which is situated in the South Pacific. It is a French speaking country but most people also speak English. Noumea is an industrial city with some beautiful beaches. Noumea is hot all year round, so anytime of year is a great time to go.

Top Things To Do In Noumea

Top Things To Do In Noumea

  • French Bakery

As Noumea is part of a French collectivity, there is lots of French bakeries! They are everywhere so they are easy to find. The food, sweet and savoury are so delicious!
Top Things To Do In Noumea dessert

When in Noumea, you should definitely try to go to some markets. There are some lovely handicrafts for sale. You will also find lots of pretty jewelry, sarongs, clothes and souvenirs. They are quite affordable.

  • Anse Vata Beach

Anse Vata beach is Noumea’s main and best beach. It is a beautiful spot. The water is very blue and calm. There are lots of shady trees, which is great as it gets very hot in Noumea. Anse Vata beach is a very nice place to relax, read a book or go swimming!

Top Things To Do In Noumea beach

  •  Duck Island

There are so many beautiful islands that are only a short distance from Noumea. I have been to Duck Island ( Ile aux Canards) which is extremely beautiful. I would recommend going in the morning and spending a few hours there.

To get to Duck Island you can catch a 5-min water taxi from Anse Vata beach. That is a lot of fun! It costs $30 per person to go to the Island, which I think is quite reasonable. You can also pay $19 to hire a chair  with an umbrella on the beach for the day. I definitely recommend hiring a chair as it is good to put your things and to sit on to read your book in the shade!

Top Things To Do In Noumea beach view

The island is a great place for snorkeling too. There are lots of beautiful fish and really nice coral. We also saw some large turtles, which were so lovely to see in their natural habitat. You can hire snorkel gear on the island but DEFINITELY try to bring your own equipment as it is very expensive to hire.

Top Things To Do In Noumea beach swimming

There is one cafe on the island. Personally I find it very expensive, so I recommend going to a supermarket or bakery and take away some food and drinks.

All in all, I definitely recommend Duck Island and I would love to go there again. Some other islands that have great reviews are Hideaway Island and Amedee island. Feel free to check them out if you have time!

Final Thoughts From Chloe

I hope you enjoy Tiarna’s article and found your top things to do in Noumea! If you want to find out more about her, check out her biography here. Happy travels!

 

 

 

  • I had no idea where Noumea or New Caledonia was when I saw your post. I guess being from the States, the South Pacific is somewhat a confusing mess of unknown Islands to me. But let me tell you after seeing your pics Noumea is definitely on my Bucket List. Swimming on Duck Island looks remarkable. How was the water? Is it warm or a bit cold?

    • Hi Eric, I’m glad the post has inspired you to visit Noumea. This post was written by one of the travel contributors, so I’m not exactly sure how cool or warm the water is. But it looks very amazing to me to dive in. 🙂
      Your bucket list goals look really interesting by the way. I’m sure you’ll have so much fun completing them!

    • Hi Eric,
      I am glad you enjoyed the post! Noumea is definitely a beautiful place to visit and Duck Island was a wonderful place to swim at! The water temperature was perfect! Nothing beats that crystal clear water!