Beach of Anse Vata in NoumeaBeach of Anse Vata in Noumea
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End of swimming ban on Nouméa beaches

Since Friday the 08 December 2023, swimming and water sports activities have once again been permitted on all beaches including Anse-Vata beach, Château Royal and Le Méridien beaches, Ilot Maître “Master Island” and all other islets.

Protected and Supervised

Swimming Areas

Two protected and supervised areas have been set up:

  • Baie des Citrons (Lemon Bay) benefits from a 750-metre-long barrier on a 10-hectare protected stretch of water, under the daily supervision of lifeguards from 8.45am to 5pm (4pm in the cool season).
  • Château Royal and Le Méridien beaches now also include a temporary supervised swimming area, which will be removed once a long shark net barrier has been installed by the end of March 2024.

Swimming is allowed outside the protected areas at one’s discretion

As a reminder, following shark attacks in early 2023, Nouméa town hall issued a temporary ban on “all swimming in the 300 m coastal strip” in the capital, while policies were put in place to regulate the most dangerous species and organise the gradual installation of anti-shark protection nets.