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Noumea, New Caledonia

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by Anne Dignam (subscribe)
I am a amateur freelance writer from Sydney. My passion is Aboriginal history, Australia and its unusual places. My aim is to share my knowledge to better your experience. Thank you
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.

Kanak Tribal Welcome at Container Shipping Yard

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.

Wind Swept Pine Trees along the coast of Noumea

Some places and sights that are worth visiting are The Aquarium of the Lagoon, which includes the rare Nautilus, and corals.

Nautilus courtesy of wikipedia

You can get the Le Peutit Train, this is the more popular tourist attraction. They have unusual cars that get around and are real head turners.

Le Peutit Train

Visit the centre hub of Noumea, view the luxurious gardens and sit under a flame tree, vibrant red foliage. WWII statue and tributes can be found in this vicinity.

La Place Des Cocotiers

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.

I loved the beaches especially Lemon Beach.

Lemon Beach Noumea

The locals compete in their boats and its exciting to watch their traditional boats in the waves, looks easy.

Traditional Boats in competition

Personally, I like the islands, but many like the husle and bustle of city life, so there is always something for everyone.

Wikipedia for photo of Natilus
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