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. 🙂
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
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!
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!
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.
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!