A unique destination full of biodiversity, New Caledonia is bathed by clear waters in the South Pacific. In addition to its marvellous beaches and brilliant sunshine, its preserved ecosystem is frequently sought out by nature lovers. The coral reef uniting the archipelago and surrounding an extraordinary lagoon is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nouméa, the capital of New Caledonia, is located on the southern tip of the island. Forming the largest lagoon in the world, it is surrounded by translucent, blue tropical waters, mountain ranges, long golden stretches of beach, and red coral.
The city, often referred to as “a little piece of France,” combines all the laid-back atmosphere of the South Pacific with the urban elegance of France—from the profusion of old French colonial houses, with ornate wrought-iron balconies, tree-lined squares, and men playing petanque, to French-inspired cafés, restaurants, and designer-label shopping, Parisian style. In contrast, a ten-minute walk reveals the contemporary architecture of the Baie des Citrons, Anse Vata, and Port Moselle, Nouméa’s modern face.
Nouméa offers a prolific variety of leisure activities, from tennis, golf, squash, and cricket to bush-walking, horse riding, and hunting. The huge barrier reef surrounding the island makes water sports the main recreation; activities that can be enjoyed year-round include sailing, windsurfing, swimming, snorkelling, and scuba diving. A ten-minute walk from the resort leads to a taxi boat that can take guests to Duck Island or Ilot Maitre for snorkelling or simply relaxing on a sunbathing chair.
For a look at wildlife, the legendary cagou or roussette, evolving among the endemic species of New Caledonia, can be observed at Le Parc Forestier (Forest Park). The lagoon’s aquarium, situated on Anse Vata Bay, is among the most magical places of Nouméa. Incredible treasures include the nautilus, phosphorescent corals, wrasses, and sharks.
For those who prefer indoor activities, there are many nightclubs and bars. The Grand Casino de Nouméa is adjacent to the resort and is opened daily. Cultural journeys can be taken at the Museum of New Caledonia, the City Museum, the Museum of Maritime History, and the amazing Tjibaou Cultural Center—a symbol of reconciliation and openness between the cultures that populate New Caledonia.
- SLN SOCIETE LE NICKEL 11.8 km/7.3 miles
- EXXON MOBIL 4.4 km/2.7 miles
- OPT 4.5 km/2.8 miles
- SZYMANSKI ETS 9.3 km/5.8 miles
- VALE 5.2 km/ 3.2miles
- VINCI 11 km/6.9 miles
- ARMEE DE L'AIR/ AIR France 3.9 km/2.4 miles
- EEC 9.2 km/5.7 miles
- MITSUBISHI 10 km/6.2 miles
- SMSP 3.9 km/2.4 miles
- SOCIETE GENERALE 6.4 km/4 miles
- BNP PARIBAS - NC 4.6 km/2.8 miles