The swimming pool at La Promenade Hotel Noumea Best Western Premier overlooks Anse Vata Beach and the view is quite pretty at sunset. On the pool deck the restaurant is not yet open and the women's gym, Oxalis, is just getting ready for the evening yoga, body pump and kinesis fitness training.
This is a special time for photography when the ambient light just matches the illumination from the interior lights of the buildings and shops and rooms. It only lasts a few minutes but, like the sunset itself, it brings out vivid tropical colors of New Caledonia and makes everything glow. The pool is luminescent in the twilight.
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.