Stroll along the La Promenade complex at Anse-Vata, NouméaLa Promenade complex at Anse-Vata, Nouméa
©La Promenade complex at Anse-Vata, Nouméa|Terres de Lumière

The best experiences in Nouméa

Welcome to Nouméa, New Caledonia’s vibrant capital city, where the charm of French sophistication meets the allure of the Pacific. Whether you’re a sunseeker, an adventurer, or a culture enthusiast, Nouméa offers a treasure trove of experiences to make your stay unforgettable. Join us as we uncover the top things to do in Nouméa!

Bask on Anse-Vata Beach

Anse-Vata Beach, fringed by a picturesque promenade, invites you to unwind on its golden shores. Perfect for picnics and watersports, it’s your gateway to sun-soaked relaxation.

Thrilling watersports

Nouméa is a playground for watersport enthusiasts. Kitesurf, windsurf, or paddleboard – take your pick amidst turquoise lagoons with warm, crystal-clear waters year-round.


in downtown Nouméa

Discover chic boutiques, concept stores, and international brands in the heart of the city. Rue de Sébastopol and Rue de l’Alma are your go-to streets for retail therapy.

Explore the Tjibaou Cultural Centre

The Tjibaou Cultural Centre is a masterpiece of architectural and cultural significance. Dive into Kanak traditions and history within its captivating walls.

Fill up on nature

at the Parc Zoologique et Forestier

Embrace nature at Nouméa Forest Park, a sanctuary with native species and sweeping lagoon views. Perfect for families, it’s an oasis within the city.

Savour local produce

at the Municipal Market

Explore the vibrant Municipal Market at Port Moselle, a sensory delight of regional fruits and vegetables. End your visit with a coffee amid local crafts

Dive into marine wonders

at the Aquarium des Lagons

Complement your sea adventures with a visit to the Aquarium des Lagons (Lagoons Aquarium), a window into New Caledonia’s aquatic wonders and conservation efforts.

Casino or Bingo Excitement

Add a touch of excitement to your holiday with gaming. Choose between the casino or bingo for some fun entertainment.

Party time

on the bays of Nouméa

When night falls, Nouméa’s bays come alive with live concerts, dance parties, and vibrant bars. Join in the lively atmosphere at Anse-Vata Bay or Lemon Bay.

Panoramic views

from Ouen Toro

Ouen Toro, Nouméa’s green oasis, is perfect for joggers and walkers. As the sun sets, ascend to its summit for a breathtaking 360° view of the city’s bays.

Amédée Lighthouse Daytrip

Embark on a 40-minute boat journey to Amédée islet, a protected marine reserve. Enjoy beachfront relaxation, water activities, an Oceanian buffet, and a Phare Amédée visit.

Watch vibrant Nouméa Carnaval

Every September, Nouméa hosts the colourful Carnaval de Nouméa. Immerse yourself in this festive parade and experience a fairytale atmosphere.

Enjoy French gastronomy

Nouméa boasts a plethora of fine restaurants, from classic French gastronomy to fusion delights. Delight your palate with a diverse culinary journey.

Freshwater bliss

at Dumbea River

Seeking freshwater swimming near Nouméa? The Dumbéa river is the place to be! The parc naturel de la Dumbéa offers numerous natural water holes, such as the Marmites de Dumbéa or the Trou des Nurses. The more family-friendly Parc Fayard is perfect for a relaxing family swim!

Treetop adventure

Zip through the treetops in a thrilling canopy adventure near Nouméa. Ideal for nature lovers and adventurers, it’s an experience to share with family and friends. Just a few kilometres from Nouméa, in Dumbéa and Païta, you’ll be able to move among the trees, in a grandiose natural setting!

Connect with Caledonians

at Coconuts Square

Caledonians love to get together for a chat on Place des Cocotiers (Coconuts Square). Linger on a bench and strike up a conversation with your neighbour, a great way to learn more about the local culture!

Take a jet-ski tour

to the surrounding islets

Hop on a jet ski and zoom to îlot Canard (Duck Island) and îlot Maître! Experience the thrill of the ride and take a refreshing dip in translucent waters upon arrival.

Snorkel the underwater trail

of îlot Canard

No need to go scuba diving to discover the multicoloured fish that populate the lagoon. The underwater trail on Duck island allows you to explore the fauna with simply a pair of fins, a mask and a snorkel.

Spa indulgence

Many charming hotel-resorts in Nouméa offer spas and wellness areas for outside guests. Enjoy a pampering spa treatment for a tranquil interlude.

Big-game fishing

In New Caledonia, fishing is a very popular pastime, and several service providers offer excursions at sea. Will you be able to catch tuna, wahoo fish or even swordfish?

Swimming with turtles

It’s common to spot sea turtles on a sea excursion, a day on an islet or from the beaches of Nouméa. Not very shy, you can swim alongside them, provided you keep a safe distance as they are a protected species.

Sip on a cocktail

feet in the sand

For a drink with your toes in the sand, head to MV Lounge, the trendy bar on Baie des Citrons (Lemon Bay). It’s the perfect spot to savour a cocktail as the sun sets.

Cruise around

the south lagoon islets

Imagine yourself in the middle of the Pacific, aboard a catamaran, eyes riveted on the most beautiful South Islets of New Caledonia… To bring the postcard image to life, consult our Sailing and navigation page!

Nature escapes near the city

Nature lovers can explore mountain peaks, rivers, and parks accessible by public transport in Païta and Dumbéa, right next to Nouméa.

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Nouméa, a dynamic cosmopolitan capital, seamlessly blends French elegance with Oceanic influences amidst stunning natural surroundings. It’s the perfect gateway to discovering all that New Caledonia has to offer!