A city on an Island. It’s palm trees, picturesque beaches and a bit little french, maybe a little more. We received a bonjour from every local, waves from carefree children, consumed a baguette and stopped at Maccas for a quick stop on our walk.
I had heard mixed reviews of Noumea, my visit was enjoyable, but we had plans and made use of our time. Get yourself out of the port, onto a tour, visit a beach, try to experience the Island, you will have a better experience than staying put. Cruise ships may dock right in town at the information centre with souvenir store holders and tour operators (as it was for us) or at another port that requires a shuttle bus to get you into the city (it can be organised through your ship).
Our morning began with exploration of the area surrounding the port, the local park place des Cocotiers/Coconut Square with tangled trees and nearby streets, the buildings expressing character of yesteryear.
We then boarded the ‘tchou tchou’ train for our first experience of Noumea, pre-booked through P&O. It was a drive around the Island, a stop at Ouen Toro Lookout and at the Notre Dame de Pacific.
Back at the port, we ventured again out into Noumea, explored a church (Noumea cathedral) and browsed the local merchant offerings.
The humidity finally got to me, I shuffled back to the ship, on the way, my hat flew in the breeze to be run over by on coming traffic. Being back on Jewel never felt better.
I will be returning to Noumea later this year. At the moment, I have no concrete plans, some I am traveling with have not been there before, but I would like to relax a bit more, swim at a beach or join the tour groups to duck Island.