Capital of New Caledonia located on the largest island of the archipelago, Grande Terre, Nouméa, despite the perpendicular and unimaginative streets that shape it, is made of green, the one of the seven hills that surround it, and blue, the one of the seven bays that border it. No matter how much you are in the city, nature is so present, so strong, that the tropical atmosphere that emerges is very pleasant. It must be said that the ethnic mosaic that makes up its population of not far from 100,000 inhabitants (180,000 for the urban area) contributes greatly to the end of the world charm specific to Nouméa: Kanaks, Europeans, Wallisians, Indonesians, Vietnamese and West Indians live together quietly in this postcard setting made of beaches, turquoise lagoons, mountains with lush vegetation and more exceptional sunsets each day. The Nouméa tourist guide provides some orientation for the traveller, whether in terms of sporting activities - the underwater hike on the Duck Island trail is unmissable - or relaxation, on the paradisiacal beaches of Lemon Bay bathed in the fresh waters of the Pacific, for example. To learn more about Melanesian culture, we will visit the famous Tjibaou Cultural Centre, before taking a ferry to the surrounding islets, Signal, Master and Amédée in the lead. Finally, at nightfall, head for Lemon Bay to enjoy the nightlife of the capital and its many trendy bars.

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When to go to Noumea?

When did he go to Nouméa? It is well known that New Caledonia's temperate tropical climate offers a spring all year round. The period to avoid, due to the rains, is between January and March, with a particularly rainy February. But don't worry, even during the season " froide ", temperatures don't drop below ,20 °C  during the day! The holiday period for New Caledonians extends from mid-December to mid-February, which corresponds to summer in the southern hemisphere. The tourist seasons are not very marked here, with relatively few tourists (about 100,000 per year). The best time to travel to Nouméa is certainly between October and December (it is better to buy your flight ticket in advance) because the climate is very pleasant during this period, which is best in July and August, when attendance is at its peak. When to go to Nouméa? All year round, avoiding the first three months of the year if possible!

How to go to Noumea? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Due to the number of islands and the various possible combinations, the tour operators will offer you many tours from Nouméa, often combining a tour of Grande Terre by car and a stay on Lifou and Ile des Pins. You can also opt for a diving or hiking trip from the capital. Ask the specialists to find out together which formula is best for you

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Average price of a return flight Europe-Nouméa: 1 600€. Count at least 24 hours, up to 35 hours depending on the connections. Note that the price variation depends on the company borrowed but, above all, on the time required to book. To obtain attractive rates, as for accommodation, it is essential to do so in advance. Remember to buy your tickets six months before departure! A good alternative may also be to book separate tickets and travel through Australia.

Nouméa has three bus companies that serve the urban network, the suburban network and the bush. Unfortunately, there is no public transport on the islands. Taxis (green and white) are a good solution for driving in the capital. After 7pm, they are the only way to get around, with bus services stopping at that time. For more range, a car can also be rented.

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Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
  • Airbnb rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

When did he go to Nouméa? It is well known that New Caledonia's temperate tropical climate offers a spring all...
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Weather forecast

The average annual temperature in Nouméa is 22.5°C, with 18°C in July and 25°C in February. In general, New Caled...
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Budget

In Nouméa, as in the French Pacific communities, the peaceful franc prevails. The cost of living in New Caledonia is...
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Formalities

No visa required for Nouméa. New Caledonia depends on the French Republic: it is a community with a special status,...
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Health

If no vaccine is needed to get to Nouméa, New Caledonia regularly experiences major epidemics of dengue fever, inclu...
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How to travel by yourself?

Average price of a return flight Europe-Nouméa: 1 600€. Count at least 24 hours, up to 35 hours depending on the c...
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How to get organized?

Due to the number of islands and the various possible combinations, the tour operators will offer you ma...
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Getting around

Nouméa has three bus companies that serve the urban network, the suburban network and the bush. Unfortunately, ther...
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