New Caledonia

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  • Day134

    Noumea 1.0

    January 8 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    On a passé une semaine à Nouméa chez les cousins. On était comme à la maison et on a bien profité d’eux avant l’arrivée de la petite. On a fait une sortie en bateau à l’îlot Maître, on a passé une journée au parc de la rivière bleue (sous la pluie) on est allé à l’île aux canards en Kanoe, on a essayé d’éduquer leurs 2 poules, on les a aidés a préparer la chambre de Charlie et on a beaucoup beaucoup mangé...Read more

  • Day157

    Noumea 3.0

    January 31 in New Caledonia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Après un super séjour dans le Nord et un super tour de bateau, retour à Nouméa où on a retrouvé nos petites habitudes chez Marie et Antonin.
    On a commencé à se préparer pour notre départ, on a profité des copains et bien sur de Marie et Anto et de leur petite Charlie.Read more

  • Day5

    Nouméa, Neukaledonien

    November 2, 2016 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Am erste Morge in Neu Kaledonie hemmer vo de Brigitte no en Zmorge "becho" und sind denn mit ihre in Carrefour go poste dasmer denn au selber chönd choche :). S'esse da isch priislich sogar no türer als i de Schwiz aber es hett halt au en lange weg hinder sich bises da isch...
    I de nechste paar Täg simmer immer wider id Stadt, an Strand und vill umegloffe. Jez froiener ois uf de VW Bus wommer morn derfed entgegenäh 😊 mir vermissed s Umenandfahre (au wenn autostöpple und ÖV da ganz spannend sind 😉 - Taxis sind vill z tür da... Sogar oisi Host verlangt ca 45chf für 2x 20min fahre..)


    After our breakfast we went to carrefour tho buy food for ourselves. The food here is even more expensive than in Switzerland, but then again it comes a long way.
    The next few days here we often went to the city (Noumea), to the beaches and walked a lot. Now we're looking forward to get the VW- camper tomorrow 😊 - we miss the road!
    (even if hitchhiking and public bus driving is very interesting here 😉 - taxis are too expensive!)
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  • Day22

    Isle de Canard

    October 29, 2016 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We got "randomly" selected for a passport check Yeah right- I used a bit of french & mentioned we have a "tour" organized to expedite the process😛.

    Rushed of the boat for another fab Westwood adventure. We got on the water taxi for some snorkeling on Isle de Canard. Spotted a turtle again and there were lots of fish and colorful coral. I got a bit worked up over the stupid tourists stepping on the corral, I yelled at them ( to Roedolf's embarrassment) but felt I did my part to save planet. The volunteers and staff also had their hands full to try and educate the ignorant.

    We wandered around, got a decent coffee and I sprinted down the local bus. I enjoyed speaking some french in the French Riviera of Micronesia.

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  • Day22

    Noumea New Caledonia

    October 29, 2016 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Cruise day 21

    This was the forth island we had the privilege to visit on this trip. Similar to Bermuda this Island is an overseas territory of a European nation, in this case France 🇫🇷.

    The interesting observation we made, is that this Island New Caledonia 🇳🇨, Bermuda 🇧🇲and other Islands with European or US influence have a first world feel to it and is clean and public transport etc works well.
    On the flip side of the coin is Islands such as Vanuatu 🇻🇺, Fiji 🇫🇯, Bahamas 🇧🇸 etc. seem to be left to the natives to run. To be honest for the most part these resembled African poverty and hardship. They are mostly shantytown and dirty.

    New Caledonia reminds me a lot of the French riviera and Marseille to be exact.

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  • Day44

    Noumea, New Caledonia

    January 27, 2015 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We are now in the bustling metropolis of Noumea. Actually it really is a bustling metropolis. New Caledonia mines most of the nickel in the world so they are a very rich island. The downtown is very pretty and the shops and restaurants are plentiful. We unfortunately were there on a Monday which seems to be their day for all the tourist stuff to be closed so the museums and the aquarium were all closed up. We walked over the a great little beach called Lemon Bay or Baie des Citron as they call it here. We went past some very modern marinas full of boats of all sizes and shapes. The bay the cruise ship came into was filled with cruising boats. I suspect this must be a little off the main cyclone path for there to be so many cruisers during the season but I haven't checked that out.
    We did a little shopping along the way. I needed a new light weight shirt for sun protection and found a great little sporting goods store that had Columbia stuff that was just a little more expensive then REI in the states. Jeff needed a full length skin to keep him from burning during snorkeling and found it at another dive shop just off the main "Chinatown" in the downtown area. The snorkeling was great just by swimming off the beach to the coral outcroppings.
    The island is huge and I can see this would be a fun island to explore more in-depth. We should come back when we have more time. The nice thing about cruising on a ship is you don't stay too long in any one place so that the ones you don't like much are left without too much of a bad taste and the ones you really like you are left wanting to come back again.
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  • Day5


    April 27, 2017 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Second visit here, no better than the first. Next time we find ourselves in Noumea I think we have to take an excursion and go to the beaches maybe snorkelling. That said...we arrived late so those who'd booked snorkelling had it cancelled.

    Other part of the challenge, arriving 3.30pm everything shuts at 4pm. Hmmm...not even sure why cruises stop here...

    For all that we enjoyed a short walk in the park with new friends Jim & Lydia...
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  • Day44

    Aquarium in Noumea

    February 8, 2018 in New Caledonia ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Ausflug bei regnerischen Wetter nach Noumea ins Aquarium. Zu sehen gibt es Schildkröten, Haie und vieles mehr.

  • Day8

    France in the South Pacific

    February 3 in New Caledonia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Our final port of call wouldn't be out of place in the South of France. Unlike our other stops so far, Noumea is a large Westernized city, one of the largest in the South Pacific.

    A swim free day today. Instead, a leisurely, family friendly rise on the Tchou Tchou train. This was what it sounds like - an open, slow moving train that would take us around the city and stop off at a couple lookout points. Ryland loved it, again his little brain took to absorbing the unfamiliar sights, smells and sounds all around him.

    The first lookout stop sat between the two days of the island, with a view of Duck Island, where Natalie (Hendrik) and I snorkelled some three years ago. We were treated to a glorious 32c day today, with mostly clear blue skies.

    From here, further through town and up the hillside for spectacular views overlooking Noumea. Ryland got some time to run around and stretch his legs here before we made the 40minute journey back. From the ship, we went on to catch a free shuttle into the city centre to explore on our own. This took us around Coconut Square (central gardens), some side streets, shops, supermarket and port side market place.

    We spent a couple hours enjoying our last free time on dry land, buying a couple small souvenirs and some crepes and cold drinks before heading back to the ship. I'd enjoyed learning about the Kagu bird of New Caledonia (on the Tchou Tchou Train) - a bird that forgot to fly over the years (due to no predators) and now uses its wings to climb trees.. and barks like a dog, so I bought a nice small painting of one. I can't help but think I'd much rather explore the rest of the island (the Grand Terre) rather than just wander the now familiar-ish streets and patterns of the largely Westernized city of Noumea. Grand Terre is actually a huge island, and from the ship, so much of it looks so wild/untouched and enticing.

    Showers, lunch and an afternoon nap set us up for our usual evening routine. Feeding Ryland in the buffet 5.30-6, then bathing him in his inflatable bath in the shower base, dusking, and getting him to sleep in his pram for dinner in the restaurant - "island theme" night tonight.

    There was a slight delay in the ship departing Noumea tonight, due to a passenger requiring medical attention and hospitalization on the island. I feel on track for that myself, really struggling with a cough/head-cold right now. It hasn't impacted my enjoyment of ports, but is really draining me.

    Three days at sea ahead still to enjoy, before we're home again in Melbourne.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Nouméa, Noumea, نوميا, Нумеа, Νουμεά, Numeo, Numea, نومئا, נומאה, NOU, ヌメア, ნუმეა, 누메아, Numėja, नूमेआ, Nomea, நூமியா, นูเมอา, 努美阿

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