The Aquarium des Lagons was founded in 1956 by Dr. René Catala and his wife, Ida. It was originally called the Aquarium de Noumea after the city in which it exists. The Aquarium is made up of nine different areas including the lagoon, the auditorium, the mangrove, the coastal zone and more. This marine exhibits one of the most extensive in the region and offers visitors an up close look at hundreds of fish species. Each area houses hundreds of different species and specimens for guests to admire for the greater part of a day.
- The Fresh Water Exhibit area of the aquarium houses fish from the freshwater areas of New Caledonia. Here visitors can see what fish make Noumea their home.
- Fluorescent corals and flashlight fish are displayed in what is perhaps one of the most interesting areas of the aquarium. Visitors are plunged into near darkness to experience these night-time fish and corals.
- At the close of your visit, the Auditorium offers you a place to relax and enjoy films that help you recall the important facts of your visit to the Noumea exhibits.
From the Noumea Magenta Airport take Rue Roger Gervolino to Rue Du 18 Juin. From there take the exit to Voie de DégagementEst then Promenade Pierre Vernier. From there, follow signs to Promenade Roger Laroque. If you are at all uncomfortable with driving to the aquarium, you can hire a taxi or a car or you can use the public transit system. There is a tram system that runs the major roads several times a day. You may also want to consider the Noumea Explorer, a hop-on, hop-off bus that is open to tourists.
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