Swimming and water sports activities will once again be permitted on all Nouméa's beaches and islets from 6 December 2023, with the exception of the Château Royal and Le Méridien beaches.
SWIMMING IN THE BAIE DES CITRONS
From 6 December, the Baie des Citrons (Lemon Bay) will benefit from a 750-metre-long barrier on a 10-hectare protected stretch of water, under the daily supervision of lifeguards from 8.45am to 5pm (4pm in the cool season).
CHATEAU ROYAL & LE MERIDIEN BEACHES
Swimming is only prohibited on the Château Royal and Le Méridien beaches, apart from the small supervised swimming area set up from 8 December, which will be replaced by a long anti-shark barrier at the end of March 2024.
All the other beaches, including Anse-Vata, are now open for bathing but without surveillance.
As a reminder, following shark attacks in early 2023, Nouméa town hall issued a temporary ban on "all swimming in the 300 m coastal strip" in the capital, while policies were put in place to regulate the most dangerous species and organise the gradual installation of anti-shark protection nets.