With its elegant urban infrastructure in a stunning natural setting, Noumea is a truly unique island and part of the New Caledonia archipelago. Noumea started as a penal colony, but has since evolved to a lovely metropolis and today has almost two thirds of New Caledonia’s population. While much of the archipelago of New Caledonia has a large percentage of Kanak people – the indigenous inhabitants who live in tribal areas across the country – Noumea is predominantly European with a strong French influence. View more
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Noumea is surrounded by crystal clear, calm, warm waters; which act as a sanctuary for many forms of marine life. The colorful inhabitants of this lagoon are just waiting to be discovered.
After disembarking the ship you will join your guide on a short walk to your departure location and board a 35 foot (10.5 meter) catamaran, where you will receive your equipment. Enjoy the 30 minute ride over to one of the lagoon's most prized snorkeling marine park destinations: Signal Island, Laregnere Islet or Master Island. The exact location will be chosen by your skipper depending on the conditions of the day.
You will have approximately one hour to discover the underwater world of New Caledonia Lagoon - listed Word Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008. Take a glimpse of incredible sea life, corals and maybe even some sea turtles playing.
Please note: This tour involves a extensive amount of activity. Snorkel equipment provided; swimsuits should be worn under beach-type clothing. Please remember to bring your sunscreen, hat and towel. Although minimal walking is required, guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the snorkel boat. Waterproof cameras are highly recommended. Guests may not snorkel if they have consumed alcohol.kel if they have consumed alcohol.
This tour gives a glimpse into the life of New Caledonia and how this island was affected by World War II. With prominent presence of both American and Australian Military forces World War II had a significant impact on Caledonia life.
After a brief transfer on board you air-conditioned coach, arrive at the WWII Museum for a hour-long guided visit. Fully renovated, this museum is host to a wide collection of relics and memorabilia from from the WW II. After leaving the museum continue to Ouerno's canon lookout point. After a photo and refreshment stop, continue reboard the bus for a tour around the different neighborhoods and sites that still bear the names from the War: the old army hospital still open, Receiving Bay, and Orphanage Bay. Your final site will be the American memorial. After this return to the ship.
The world's largest lagoon, second largest barrier reef, tropical waters and mineral rich hills - the only way to gain a true perspective of this amazingly diverse destination with its incredible views, is from the air.
This breathtakingly scenic flight whisks you over the harbour, the city centre, resort properties and the bays and beaches with their lacy fringe of reefs. From every angle the views are incredible, making it simply a must for both the dedicated and the holiday snap-shooter alike. Fly over Magenta, Ouen Island, then turn toward the beautiful Amedee Lighthouse Island and circle around it. Continue along the barrier reef to discover the shipwreck of Ever Prosperity which remains stuck on the reef. See Coral Palms Island Resort with its exotic over water bungalows. As you return to Noumea, the helicopter will fly over the port for a photo opportunity of your ship before landing and returning to the port.
Please note: This tour has limited availability and weight restrictions apply. Transportation to the helicopter launch pad is via air-conditioned private car. Due to weight and balance limitations, as well as individual safety and comfort, passengers dressed in outdoor gear and weighing 240 pounds (110 kilograms/17 stone) or more will be charged and additional (half fare or dollar amount) to reserve adequate space onboard the aircraft. Seating is based on weight distribution and is assigned at the pilot's discretion.
Enjoy the charm of this small Island Nation while experiencing the sophisticated French influences that permeate New Caledonia.
This tour will allow you to explore the town of Noumea as well as some of the best artistic and culinary aspects of island. Your tour begins with a brief overview of the island as you travel to the Ouen Toro Look Out Point, overlooking the visit the island's lagoon and bays. Continue the tour to the Pacific Art Gallery. The gallery is home to a large collection collection of unique Melanesian and Oceanic art pieces. The gallery does have piece available for sale, but feel free to just view some of these unique pieces at your own pace. After leaving the Gallery, continue to the a French Wine Shop where you will be greeted by your qualified oenologist, who will present you four different high quality wines, paired with some French cheeses and delicacies.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of activity and is suitable for those who have limited mobility. Because this tour involves wine tasting, guests must be a minimum of 18 years of age to participate.