Hi from New Zealand.
We have just returned from a magnificent week in Noumea. My wife and I and our 22 year old son travelled together. we stayed at LeStanely Hotel. It is situted right on the water with its own private jetty and swimming pool.
We hired a car from Euro Car. excellent service from Euro car along with excellent directions.
we arrived on Saturday 10 am so a little exploring before finding the hotel. Sunday was also exploring, shopping etc.
Monday moring I was booked in with Abyss Plongee. their directions to find them was difficult to understand, but once sorted (on the Sunday) i arrived there at 7.15. I was booked in to do two dives and back agaon by midday. the first dive was to 20 m outside the reef at the entrance, then the second dive was to 14 m inside the reef. just like swimming in a gold fish pond. the fish were beutiful and coral out standing. Abyss plongee are very professional operators, their boat is only 1 month old, but absolutely no shortcuts, and were very well organised with safety first.
We dined at LeRoof. now the french certainly know how to cook, the food was delishious., the entertainment they had no control over was the dolphin, that chased fish beneath retaurant for well over an hour. every table has a balcony overlooking the water and with lights showing into he water, fish are attracted.
We visted the Tjibaou cultural center. the arcitecture was amazing, I have never seen a building like this, and to fully understand the purpose of the design is still a challenge to me.
I found shopping in Noumea, a plesure. there was never any pressure to buy anything, and there was never goods being peddaled to us as if we (tourists) are some kind of cash cow to be milked. it was truly a pleasure.
we taken a drive north to La Foa which is 111 kilometres out of Noumea. the roads are in excelletn condition, and drivers some of the best in the world, no impatients, tooting or anything.
I would recomend to anyone wanting an interesting holiday, where french is the main language, the weater is warm , but not too hot and not too humid.