Laperouse Monument at Sail Rock Noumea
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Laperouse Monument at Sail Rock Noumea

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Sail Rock is just off the point dividing Anse Vata from Baie des Citrons. From shore it does not look like a sail but when looked at from the sea, at a certain angle, with a lot of imagination, one can imagine it looks a little bit like a sail.

There is a 1988 monument to the 1788 voyage of the Laperouse. It was a scientific and humanitarian French expedition to the Pacific and the ship was lost in the Solomons. French divers from New Caledonia traced the voyage and found the remains of the ship in the Soloman Islands. The monument has a small part of the wreckage of Laperouse on top.

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Noumea is the capital and vacation centre of the Islands of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. Noumea is a "French" city, but the 91,000 inhabitants are a very mixed cultural group with French, Melanesian, Polynesian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and lots of mixtures of these. Over 60% of the population of New Caledonia lives in Noumea.

Noumea is a peninsula on the southwestern end of Grande Terre and the central business district (Centre Ville) is next to one of the best natural harbours in the South Pacific. The lagoon side of the peninsula has two picturesque bays with white sand beaches and is called Anse Vata and Baie des Citrons. These twin bays are the international tourism capital of New Caledonia with hotels, restaurants and bars on the landward side of "La Promenade".

First settled by the French in 1854, Noumea retains close political ties with France. It has excellent schools and public facilities - parks, recreation areas, exercise paths, schools and medical facilities. Today it is the fastest growing city in the South Pacific. There are 23 hotels in Noumea ranging from one to five stars and over 100 Restaurants.

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