All the flavour and ambience of a bustling, sophisticated provincial french town with the friendly charms, adventure and heavenly climate of the pacific islands.
Noumea is situated on Grande Terre, New Caledonia’s main island. In the late 1800’s Noumea had a strong frontier quality with adventurers, miners, government officials, traders, seafarers and convicts all calling the place home. Gradually, other ethnic groups added to the mix – Chinese, Vietnamese, American servicemen during World War II and settlers from a variety of Pacific Islands. Many came to seek their fortunes, particularly in the nickel and gold mines.
Things To Do*
- Tjibaou Cultural Centre - To get a taste of just how influential the Melanesian Kanak culture is, look no further than the superb Tjibaou Cultural Centre. This really is one of the Pacific’s most distinctive architectural landmarks, making it a must see for any tourist to the city.
- Lemon Bay Beach and Anse Vata - Lemon Bay Beach and Anse Vata are popular areas with Noumea’s locals and tourists alike. Lemon Bay is a sheltered beach, perfect for families with kids. Have a swim or relax in a quiet cafe or restaurant. Anse Vata gives you a real taste of France. As you wander its promenades, their unmistakable beauty will instantly transport you to the French Riviera.
- Take a trip to one of the nearby islets - New Caledonia’s Barrier Reef is the world’s longest and second largest, behind Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The country also boasts the world’s largest lagoon. Within it you’ll find the picture perfect islands of Amedee and Canard (Duck). Join one of P&O’s tours and eat, drink and swim till your heart's content.
*Shore Activities are optional extras not included in your fare which can be booked onboard or via the cruise online check-in portal up to 3 months in advance.
08:00, Depart: 17:30