Every shade of blue. Water as soothing as a bath. Bleached sand. What more could your heart desire for an Island escape. We only booked one excursion through the ship and that was the tour on Noumea, for the others, including the Isle of Pines, our attitude was ‘we’ll see when we get there.’
After hopping off the tender boat, we tried our hired paddle boards (reserved on the ship). I spent more time in the water than on the board.Snorkeling just resulted in me frustrated at the fine sand cloud I created with my flippers and with the poor fitting goggles. Locals with their signs and mini vans stayed in close proximity offering decently priced tours. We waited a while until the next van arrived and stopped at a couple of spots around the Island, unfortunately I have no photos of the tour as I had a new camera and pressed the video button accidentally, draining my only battery, rookie error 1. Although it was a short tour, keep in mind there are risks involved when you do not book tours through the ship. Although the Island is small, you might want to rethink walking a long distance, it may be okay for some. Some went for a walk, but were overcome with the humidity and were unable to venture back!
A couple of tips to assist with planning:
- Both the Australian dollar and South Pacific Franc were widely accepted, try and familarise yourself with the exchange rate prior to arriving
- In my back pack, I always carry a kit that includes a few things, but especially a travel bottle of hand wash or hand sanitiser, tissue/toilet paper