Walk from the Baie des Citrons to Nouméa, capital of New Caledonia.Baie des Citrons, Nouméa
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A day in Nouméa

Make the most of your day in Nouméa and enjoy a complete experience in New Caledonia’s capital city. From water sports on the turquoise lagoon to exploring local markets, colonial architecture, museums, beaches, islets, restaurants on the bays, guided tours, bars, cafés, and shopping – there’s something for everyone! If you’re looking for an itinerary to ensure you don’t miss any of the must-see attractions, we’ve crafted a diverse programme to fill your entire day in Nouméa.

Visit the Port Moselle market

From Tuesday to Sunday, the municipal market of Nouméa presents its colourful produce in its stalls. The market is the city’s most diverse, offering fresh produce from New Caledonia and the Pacific. Each blue-tiled pavilion specialises in fruit and vegetables, freshly caught fish, handicrafts, and more. Don’t forget to relax at the central bar and observe the lively local scene!

Visit downtown Nouméa

The historic heart of Nouméa features iconic landmarks, fascinating museums, gourmet delights, and numerous boutiques. Start by heading to Place des Cocotiers, the city’s nerve centre and a hub of activity. Admire its bandstand, historic statues, and flamboyant trees that blush during the austral summer. Explore the Musée de la Ville or Maison Higginson, followed by leisurely strolls through clothings and home decoration boutiques.

Taste the flavours

Nouméa boasts talented chefs and diverse restaurants that reflect the city’s culinary variety. Whether facing the lagoon on Nouméa’s bays or in the bustling city centre, savour local, fresh produce expertly combined with creativity and modernity, blending European, Asian, and Oceanic influences.


Nouméa offers trendy boutiques and quality craft shops. Concept stores abound in downtown Nouméa and on Anse-Vata and Citrons bays, offering authentic souvenirs. Head to artisanal boutiques like Les Arts du Pacifique on La Promenade complex in Anse-Vata or on Les Quais in downtown Nouméa for unique finds.

Relax on the beach

Nouméa’s easily accessible beaches offer shelter from the wind and opportunities for water sports. Baie des Citrons beach is supervised and protected from the wind, making it ideal for family swimming and picnicking. Water sports enthusiasts will enjoy Anse-Vata beach, known for sailing and kite-surfing. Rental companies offer equipment and introductory courses. This is also the departure point for shuttles to îlot Canard and îlot Maître if you prefer to spend your day trip on one of these islets.

Take a guided tour

Explore the city in an interesting way with various options such as the Petit train de Nouméa, tourist buses, private driver-guides, guided segway tours, and more. For those who’ve visited Nouméa before, consider an all-inclusive day at Amédée Lighthouse, a 40-minute boat ride away, offering guided crossings, an Oceanian buffet, shows, beaches, water sports activities, and a lighthouse visit.

Discover the museums

Immerse yourself in Kanak culture and art at the Tjibaou Cultural Centre. Designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, it’s nestled in a green setting on the lagoon’s edge. Explore modern huts serving as exhibition halls, visit the garden with exotic plant species of Kanak symbolism, delve into maritime history at the Maritime Museum, and explore the former penal colony penitentiary on Isle Nou.

Admire the sunset

End your day in by enjoying a breathtaking sunset on the water. Whether at an overwater bar or with your feet in the sand, sipping a signature cocktail, it’s a truly enjoyable experience. Many bars and lounge-bars on Nouméa’s bays offer this experience, including MV Lounge, La Bodega, and the Méridien Hotel.

Treat yourself to a cocooning session

Nouméa’s top hotels welcome outside guests to enjoy their spacious relaxation areas. Pamper yourself with a spa day, a Signature massage, hydro-massages in an Aquatonic pool overlooking the lagoon at hotels like Le Méridien, Château Royal, or Le Lagon in the Anse-Vata district. Discover all spas and wellness activities.

Getting around Nouméa

From Anse-Vata and Baie des Citrons

  • Marché de Port Moselle: L3
  • Parc Zoologique et Forestier: N4
  • Centre Culturel Tjibaou: N1 with connection to Moselle with line N2
  • Nouville (Musée Maritime / Port de Nouville): L3
  • Centre-Ville (Place des Cocotiers / Musée de la ville / Musée de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale): N1
  • Quartier Latin: N1
  • Quai Ferry (Centre Commercial Les Quais): L3

From downtown (Moselle / Quai Ferry)

  • Parc Zoologique et Forestier : N4
  • Baie des Citrons : L3
  • Anse Vata : N1
  • L’Aquarium des Lagons : L3
  • Centre Culturel Tjibaou: N2
  • Nouville (Musée Maritime): N2

Tanéo buses run throughout the city, stopping at tourist points of interest. Find all the information on the network map.

Nouméa has a large number of taxis, which can be ordered by calling the 24/7 call centre. At certain times of the day, you can also take a cab from dedicated taxi stands (Place des Cocotiers, Aquarium des Lagons, Marché Municipal, etc.).

Many tourist sites can be explored on foot, both downtown and along the seafront. A picturesque promenade along the bays takes you from downtown to Sainte-Marie. The route takes in Nouméa’s most beautiful beaches and the main marinas: Port Moselle, Baie de l’Orphelinat, Baie des Citrons, Plage de l’Anse-Vata, Promenade Vernier…