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NOUMÉA: WEALTH OF PLEASURES Relaxed Nouméa offers visitors attractive contemporary facilities and a vibrant mix of activities. Dine on French, pan-Asian and Kanak flavours at one of 120 restaurants, a culinary reminder of the many European, islander and even Caribbean, Japanese and Indian people who have settled here. Out of town, at an impressive waterside setting on the Tina Peninsula, visit the astounding Renzo Piano-designed Tjibaou Cultural Centre (www.adck.nc), its world-class displays of Kanak art including many items returned from Paris’ Musée du Quai Branly. Swim, snorkel or stroll the beaches of L’Anse Vata or Baie des Citrons. Experience Nouméa’s magical waters with a cruise on Grand Lagon Sud – the largest lagoon in the world – or a trip to nearby Amedee lighthouse. Built in 1872 to warn sailors of the reef that guards the lagoon, the lighthouse is a wonderful spot for snorkeling and other water sports, or simply relaxing on pristine white-sand beaches.

Below: Blocks of coral reefs, in the Loyalty Islands, raised above sea level over millions of years (photo: © Stéphane Ducandas/NCTPS). Bottom: Anse Vata beach in Nouméa.

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Rendezvous en France 2013  

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