Noumea, New Caledonia

  • Noumea, New Caledonia
Travel + Leisure

If you're looking for a romantic lunch, request a table in the overwater bungalow at Le 1881. Feast on such dishes as freshly shucked oysters, foie gras, grilled mahimahi, and roast duck. The views of the sea almost rival the meal.

Noumea, New Caledonia

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Must-Sees from the Editors of Travel + Leisure

Glass-bottomed Boat Ride at Duck Island

Tropical fish sightings are guaranteed on this 45-minute boat ride through the marine park that encircles Duck Island. After the trip, kick back on Anse Vata Beach, a long stretch of gin-clear water and soft sand fringed by shade.

Amedee Lighthouse Island Day Trip

A high-speed ferry takes travelers from the port to this secluded island skirted by white beaches. Climb the lighthouse for great views, or snorkel around vividly hued coral to spot exotic fish in their natural habitat. During a picnic lunch, French wines are paired with freshly prepared seafood and tropical fruits.

Museum of New Caledonia

You'll fast become an expert on this little-known part of the world with a visit to this city museum. Check out the ceremonial sculptures, fishing boats, household ceramics, and other well-preserved artifacts.

Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.