Monday, July 6, 2015

Cruise Month - Destination Noumea, New Caledonia

Our first port of call on the cruise is Noumea, New Caledonia. Noumea is the capital of New Caledonia and is situated on a peninsula in the south of New Caledonia's main island, Grande Terre, and is home to the majority of the island's European, Polynesian (Wallisians, Futunians, Tahitians), Indonesian, and Vietnamese populations, as well as many Melanesians, Ni-Vanuatu and Kanaks that work in one of the South Pacific's most industrialised cities. The city lies on a protected deepwater harbour which serves as the chief port for New Caledonia.

45.7 km2 (17.6 sq mi)


Kanak languages

CFP franc

Ethnic distribution:
Whites 50.9%
Kanaks 22.9%
Polynesians 12.3%
Other 13.9%

INSEE/Postal code:
98818 / 98800

0–167 m (0–548 ft)

French flag and the Kanak flag


Emblem of New Caledonia:

What to see and do in Noumea:
♥ Take a ride around the city and see the sights on the Tchou Tchou Train
♥ Visit the Museum of New Caledonia and marvel at the Kanak and Melanesian art and cultural items
♥ Visit the stunning Tjibaou Cultural Centre
♥ Visit the Aquarium des Lagons and check out their collection of nautilus and other marine life from around the island
♥ Get in the water and try snorkeling, scuba diving or surfing

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