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Published May 7th 2013
Noumea is a very popular tourist destination and the cost of living is high. The city has a population of around 100,000, including Kanak people (tribal people).
Noumea's harbour is an allot, and some cruise ships have to dock at the Container Terminal due to their size. Noumea is the main port for New Caledonia. The first Europeans to settle were British Traders in 1851. The French took control in 1854. During WWII, Noumea was the headquarters for the US Military.
You can get the Hop on Hop off bus that will take you to the markets and along the beaches. There are different tickets for different buses, so please be aware of what bus you can get on with your ticket. The beaches are beautiful and can be windy along the coast; the pine trees are bent due to the winds.
Visit the Tjbaou Cultural Center tp learn about the Kanak and the former Priest Jean-Marie Tjibaou who was a student in Paris in 1968. Shop for souvenirs which I warn you are not cheap, but a bargain can be found in the markets and the Overseas Terminal upstairs.
Michel Conrbassion Zoo and Forest Walk (Parc Forestier) is a small zoo with forest walks and museum exhibits.
Don't forget the Museum of New Caledonia with artwork from the Kanak People and Pacific arts on display.
St Joseph Cathedral sits on one of the many steep hills of Noumea and overlooks the city.