New Caledonia
Vallée du Génie

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  • Day157

    Noumea 3.0

    January 31, 2020 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

    Yvan Tonelli

    Environnement très étrange. On dirait un peu Machin sur le Nil d Agatha Christie

  • Day134

    Noumea 1.0

    January 8, 2020 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

    Yvan Tonelli

    Très belle photo !!! Merci !!!!

    Yvan Tonelli

    Hummmm, ça donne faim

    Yvan Tonelli

    Bravo à la aussi au papa..

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  • Day146

    Noumea 2.0

    January 20, 2020 in New Caledonia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    A notre retour de l’île des pins on est allé découvrir la petite Charlie à la clinique fraîchement née la veille au soir. On a aussi retrouvé nos copains du Laos et du Vietnam et mangé avec la tante et l’oncle de Lisa.Read more

    Catherine Mimeret

    Félicitations aux heureux parents !

    Yvan Tonelli

    Tu t entraînes ma Lisa chérie ?.

    Yvan Tonelli

    La photo est très belle : merci

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  • Day5


    February 27, 2020 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    It was fun to snorkel but Nouméa was otherwise pretty uneventful. The Best of Nouméa recommended trip brought us to some nice places but was pretty disappointing overall since it was supposed to be three hours but one hour had us just wandering by ourselves for sub par shopping..Read more

  • Day8

    France in the South Pacific

    February 3, 2020 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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  • 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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    Roland Zimmerman

    We love your pictures!?

  • 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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  • Day106

    Day 5 - Noumea, New Caledonia

    April 26, 2017 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Today was another day in port, and was so fantastic. We did some snorkeling and it was definitely the best that I've ever done. This port was right at the land so we hopped on a bus to our meeting spot, only about 5 minutes. And then hopped onto a boat to go out to a Marine reserve. We snorkeled from the back of the boat for about an hour and just had a blast. The water was so clear, so blue, and so warm that an hour flew by. We saw turtles, reef sharks, and octopus! Not to mention hundreds of fish including rainbow coloured ones and some that looked similar to sharks. There were also sea snakes and sea slugs, pretty cool! I was itching for more than snorkeling so I dove down to the bottom a few times to look around, probably about 8 or 9 metres? I really want to get back out scuba diving!! I absolutely love being under the water. Anyway, I can't say enough about how great this excursion was. Sharks and turtles and octopus and snakes and giant rainbow fish?! Fantastic.

    After our snorkeling adventure we returned to the ship for some lunch and then I went back to the room to clean up my stuff and properly unpack all of my clothing. And take a glorious nap. I was tired!! I went back to my pub and visited with my bar tender friends for a while as well as a few others I've met previously throughout the cruise. There are so many people who talk to me that I don't recall meeting but obviously I have... I'm just so bad with names and faces! I kind of wish I didn't look so approachable sometimes because sometimes I just want my peace and quiet haha.

    Mom and I went to catch the 7 pm show again which was some guy who was "praised" by Queen as being a great artist. We were thoroughly unimpressed though and left early to go get dinner instead. We asked for a private table this time around because we were both sick of the small talk. I swear I've told the same stories about 10 times already... And will probably have to do it each night for the remainder of the cruise. Lovely. I think I'm going to start making up wild stories and see what happens haha. We've decided that we need the boys to join us for dinner one night to make things entertaining.

    On our walk back from dinner we ran into the boys and stopped to chat for a while. Eventually I walked Mom home and then returned to have another drink with them. We watched Karaoke again for a while and saw the same people from the previous night returning to the stage. There's this one fellow named Mark who really loves to sing ;) He's not half bad either! From the Karaoke bar we went to the Ice Rink which had been turned into a stage for a country themed music night.... Needless to say we didn't participate in the dancing but observed from the bar area. When that finally wound down we went up to Dizzy's to end the evening. We ran into our other young friends, and had a blast just chatting. The bartenders there are also great and remember us as well, I love it :) When we finally called it a night and I got to bed it was about 3 am... Oops.
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  • Day8


    April 26, 2016 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Not very impressed with the first port of call, which was Nouméa, New Caledonia.
    It is a French colony and by all the things I'd been told and read, it was supposed to be like the south of France.
    Well first off we docked in an industrial port, so the cranes and containers took the edge of the view of the bay, which itself was very pretty, and could definitely be called south of France like.
    There was a free shuttle to the town which was a plus point.
    But I'm afraid that the town itself was very run down. The buildings where of the style of the south of France and twenty or thirty years ago may have looked like it, but not now.
    Anyway at least I've been to New Caledonia, next stop is Mystery Island which is uninhabited and supposed to be beautiful, watch this space... Lol.
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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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