Noumea is the capital and vacation centre of the Islands of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. Noumea is a "French" city, but the 91,000 inhabitants are a very mixed cultural group with French, Melanesian, Polynesian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and lots of mixtures of these. Over 60% of the population of New Caledonia lives in Noumea.
Noumea is a peninsula on the southwestern end of Grande Terre and the central business district (Centre Ville) is next to one of the best natural harbours in the South Pacific. The lagoon side of the peninsula has two picturesque bays with white sand beaches and is called Anse Vata and Baie des Citrons. These twin bays are the international tourism capital of New Caledonia with hotels, restaurants and bars on the landward side of "La Promenade".
First settled by the French in 1854, Noumea retains close political ties with France. It has excellent schools and public facilities - parks, recreation areas, exercise paths, schools and medical facilities. Today it is the fastest growing city in the South Pacific. There are 23 hotels in Noumea ranging from one to five stars and over 100 Restaurants.
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rhinos59 (610) 2012-10-11 11:05
very well composed, I like the "native style" architecture in contrast with the modern skyline of the capital, TFS !
Hey what a change from Sweden to New Caledonia! Enjoy the sea!
worldcitizen (6135) 2012-10-13 16:53
It's nice to see a photo of a city that isn't shown much here on TE. I like the way you composed this shot, with the traditional hut in the foreground and off to the side. We still have an excellent view of the more modern buildings in the distance. Good note, too. :-)