Swimming and water sports will once again be permitted on most Nouméa beaches and islets from December 6, with the exception of Château Royal and Méridien beaches, which will reopen only on December 8.
SWIMMING IN THE BAIE DES CITRONS
From 6th December: the Baie des Citrons (Lemon Bay) benefits from a 750-meter-long barrier on a 10-hectare protected stretch of water, under the daily supervision of lifeguards from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. (4 p.m. in the cool season).
CHATEAU ROYAL & LE MERIDIEN BEACHES
From 8th December: a new protected and supervised swimming area is being set up by Nouméa town hall. It will be replaced by a long shark net at the end of March 2024.
OUTSIDE THESE TWO PROTECTED AREAS:
All beaches, including Anse-Vata, will be open to swimming and water sports once again, but without supervision.
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.