At Baie des Citrons, in addition to the anti-shark net installed, the area will be fully supervised. All other beaches and islets are not secured, but are now authorized for swimming.
Phew! Caledonians and tourists alike will now be able to swim in Nouméa. The Baie des Citrons beach officially opened on Wednesday morning, December 6. An anti-shark net has been installed. A 10-hectare area will also be closely monitored. Three lifeguards will also be on hand, along with a personal watercraft. The other beaches have also reopened, but will not be supervised. The same applies to the islets. Only the beaches at Château-Royal, Méridien and Baie des Citrons are supervised.
A temporary net
Swimming will be authorized from Friday December 8 in front of the Méridien le Château-Royal.
A temporary net has been installed at Baie des Citrons, pending the installation of an anti-shark barrier scheduled for early April. 15 jobs have been created to reinforce beach surveillance and bather safety.
Restaurant owners and tourist businesses are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The ten-month ban imposed after fatal shark attacks had taken a heavy toll on Caledonian tourism.