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120 kilometres of well-maintained coastlines, 4 kilometres of public beaches with soft sand and a blue lagoon … yes, you’re in Noumea
Clean beaches : Noumea’s beaches are cleaned on a daily basis from 1 April to 30 November and twice a day from 1 December to 31 March. Sand on the beaches is raked manually once a week. There are 180 public waste bins along the coastline.
Safe swimming : Beaches are patrolled every day in summer, between 1 December and 28 February, from 9h30 to 17h30 at Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata (the Château Royal beach).
Water quality : Samples are taken every fortnight, in accordance with European standards: 35 swimming locations are checked at Noumea’s 12 beaches and the two islets closest to the city ( (île aux Canards and îlot Maître).
Seniors in the swim : Lifeguards give free aqua-gym lessons for the over-60’s each Wednesday from 8h30 to 9h30 until 19 December, then from 8h to 9h between 9 January and 27 March. Registration for the lessons can be made at Baie des Citrons (by the first aid post). Shuttles are available from neighbourhood community centres to ensure no-one misses out.
Disabled access : A ramp at Baie des Citrons has been improved to allow easy wheelchair access to the water at high tide.
Flag warning system : Always follow the instructions indicated by the safety flags on the beach :
- Green flag : swimming area patrolled by lifeguards, no specific danger;
- Orange flag : swimming area patrolled by lifeguards but conditions are dangerous;
- Red flag : no swimming allowed.
300-metre coastal strip : In the event of incident or accident within the 300-metre coastal strip from the city of Noumea and the islands under the municipality’s authority (Sainte-Marie, Amédée, Canard, Maître, Goéland, Larégnère and Signal), recreational sailors may contact the sea rescue HQ - PC Secours en Mer (16) or the fire brigade (18) who have a search and rescue boat in operation 24 hours a day.
Unpatrolled areas : While swimming is permitted, beaches at Anse Vata, Magenta and Kuendu Beach are not patrolled, nor are the small islands of Maître, Canards and Amédée. There are signs showing the emergency numbers to contact in the event of an incident or an accident.
Swimming not permitted : For safety reasons, there is no swimming allowed at Anse Uaré west, Gagarine, Sainte-Marie Bay, on part of Tindu Bay, part of the Château Royal pontoon (Château Royal beach), by the creek at Anse Vata and in front of the beach at the Côte Blanche marina.
The islands, just a few strokes from the city
L’île aux Canards - Duck Island
Just a few minutes by boat from Anse Vata beach, Duck Island has undergone a major revegetation and tourism development programme. There is a free underwater trail, marked out by buoys, to discover New Caledonia’s marine life. On each buoy, an underwater sign gives more information about what can be seen in the area.
Other tiny corners of paradise
Many other islands, some well-known, such as Maître, Signal, Larègnère or Amédée, are small corners of paradise from just a thirty-minute boat ride from Noumea. Here you can picnic, sunbathe or dive the magnificent underwater depths.
Sunbathe at the pool
Piscine Jacques-Mouren, 144, promenade Roger-Laroque. Tel.: 26 18 43.
Rates: full day: 210 F/adult – 110 F/children under 14 – free entry for the disabled. Monthly subscription: 1 600 F, yearly subscription (from January to December): 8 800 F.
46, avenue Bonaparte, Rivière-Salée. Tel.: 41 99 45.
Rates: 200 F/adult – 100 F/child. Council pool managed by the Olympic Club – swimming section.