This cosmopolitan French-Pacific capital of New Caledonia is a complete contrast to other cities in Oceania. Nouméa is one of the most rapidly growing cities in the region. With its mostly French population it is also a contrast to the rest of this French territory, populated by Melanesian inhabitants called Kanaks. This town has several French-style cafés, boutiques and quite good bus transportation (based on European model). Noumea feels like a seaside metropolis somewhere in Europe. In reality there is nothing interesting in this city, with exception of Centrum Tjibaou, which is a unique modern architectural monument.
travel tip: The South Pacific feeling. Nouméa is a European city. Do not waste too much time staying here. Visit smaller island like Ile des Pines in the south, an isle that can give you a real South Pacific feeling.