The French overseas territory of New Caledonia, with its population of just a quarter of a million, and its location far away from the main population center in the southwest of the Pacific, is not well known internationally for the gambling facilities it offers its visitors. Yet, there are two New Caledonia casinos in the capital Noumea, and so all but the most demanding gambler should find there are plenty of opportunities to try their luck on the slot machines or gaming tables.
Noumea, situated on the south of the main island, Grande Terre, has a population of nearly 100,000. In World War II, it was the headquarters of the US military in the Pacific, but today a lack of good air connections means that it is not well known by tourists. Both the New Caledonia casinos are located here, namely the Casino Royal and the Grand Casino.
The Grand Casino, on Pointe Magnin, found in the Le Meridien hotel, is the country's premier gambling spot. It offers customers 210 slot machines, and for those with the confidence and money to play the gaming tables, 18 tables playing American roulette, baccarat, blackjack, and poker. The slot machines are available Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 1 am, and on Friday to Sunday from 11 am to 3 am. The gaming tables begin at 8 pm and keep going an hour later than the slot machines, thus 2 am on weekdays and 4 am from Friday to Sunday.
It's not all gambling however. The hotel is situated on the blue waters of the Pacific, with its own outdoor pool and sandy beaches. Other activities that are available include scuba diving and a health club. There is a French restaurant if all that gambling has left you feeling hungry.
The other New Caledonia casino, the Casino Royal, is located at Roche a lo voile, in the Hotel Surf Novotel. It offers hotel guests and visitors 12 slot machines and 11 table games, which play baccarat, blackjack, Punto Banco, and roulette. It is open Monday to Thursday 11 am to 1 am, and Friday to Sunday 11am to 3am, if you want to play the slot machines, and 8 pm to 2 am and 8 pm to 4 pm, respectively, if you are testing your skill on the gaming tables. As with the Le Meridien, the hotel is by the sea, and for those who prefer, there is a freshwater swimming pool. In addition, there is a French restaurant, a Japanese restaurant, and a popular bar.
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