Blogs from Noumea, South Province, New Caledonia, Oceania


Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea April 11th 2023

Noumea, the capital city of New Caledonia was our first stop. It is located on Grand Terre, the main island, known for beaches and its blend of French and native Kanak influences. Not the most interesting city but I was intrigued as all New Caledonians speak French (it is a French Territory). Citizens get to vote for the President of France! The French used New Caledonia as the location to send prisoners (in particular political prisoners) after they annexed the islands in 1853. Napolean III made it a penal colony and sent around 5,000 Communard deportees to these islands. The islands were first discovered by James Cook in 1774 and named New Caledonia because the mountainous scenery reminded him of his native Scotland. We booked a hop on, hop off bus for the day and circled ... read more
Nomea - Beach in town - closed due to Shark Attacks!
Nomea - Honestly I wasn't the captain!
Easo, Lifou, New Caledonia - Dancers.

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea February 6th 2020

Day 8 - humid and sunny We caught the shuttle to the terminal where we caught up with emails because of the free wifi. Walked over to the supermarket to have a look at the goods and their pricing. We confirmed that New Caledonia is expensive. We decided to walk to the NC Museum however it was closed for renovations. We decided to go to a bar near the marina for a rest and a beer. Had another walk through th... read more

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea January 30th 2020

Day 1 - Departure from Sydney Harbour We travelled via the bus to Sydney and then a taxi to the Overseas Terminal. Checked in to the boat which was easy and smooth. We had managed to get a suite for this cruise. Our bags took a while to arrive so we went to have lunch at the Windjammer buffet and treated ourselves to a glass of bubbles. That evening we had our first sampling of the Concierge Club which we could access due to our suite booking. It is open 4.30 - 8 for free drinks and hot/cold nibbles. We had dinner in the Cascade restaurant and then returned to the club lounge. Day 2 - At Sea A light breakfast as we had been invited to brunch today. We sat at a table at the ... read more

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea June 29th 2019

We stayed near Noumea for our last night on the boat, because it had to be returned at 8 AM in the morning. Our anchorage in Baie de Sainte Marie protected us from the fierce easterly winds that played havoc the previous night. This time we were safely tucked away in a cove that was protected by a small hill. The location itself wasn’t spectacular. No crystal-clear waters, corals and fish here. But we did see some soldiers doing some sort of training on the beach with what looked like proper automatic machine guns. And just to the left of them a school group sailing small catamarans. To their right the rest of the school kids kayaking. They didn’t seem to have any problem with me walking around very close to their training drill to explore ... read more
Big fish in the aquarium
Coconut square
Balcony view

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea June 26th 2019

Something I remember from my childhood and the many family sailing holidays we had is that things often go wrong and when they do the best thing to do is laugh about it and then fix it. We seemed to do a lot of laughing at certain times in the past few days … When everything was going well, we just kept on seeing amazing sea life up close and personal as well as idyllic sand fringed palm tree studded islets at every turn. Sometimes the weather could have been better, but we were warm enough to go swimming with the tropical fish and enjoy being outdoors. Ile des Pins is a large island compared to the others. It must be about 20 km across, so we wanted to hire a car to see it for ... read more
View from Pic N'Ga
Pic N'Ga
Baie Kuto

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea May 9th 2018

My first thought 31 years ago was that it was a cultural desert. And today in 2018, this is my same opinion. I grew up on the island. I went to school, I had family there, I was a child and had a great life in the late 1970s. When I went back in 1988, I was a different person and saw the island with different eyes. In 2018 I have gone to reconnect with family. Reconnect I have, but it is still a cultural desert. The bookshops have gone and there is no "cultural" life. and people don't seem to care. I currently live in a small community which has abundant groups of citizens who care about heritage; who care about recycling; where theatre, live music and dance are encouraged. At first glance Noumea is ... read more
Anse Vata
La Roche Percee

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea March 12th 2018

Après la visite de l'aquarium et un pic nic sur la plage, dernière soirée à Nouméa. Retrouvailles au bar La Barca sur la baie des citrons avec les amis rencontrés sur la grande terre et aux Loyauté. Sympathique soirée country animée par Marcel Canel and his band "Jolène".... read more

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea March 11th 2018

Demain départ pour Sydney; le cyclone Hola s'est éloigné des loyautés mais les aléas climatiques restent encore sur ma route Bulletin alerte cyclonique de météo nc du 11 mars à midi : Une nouvelle dépression tropicale pourrait se creuser pour prendre la route de Sydney. J'y crois pas !!! Activité cyclonique prévue au cours des 7 prochains jours Risque important de formation d'une dépression tropicale modérée lundi ou mardi sur la Mer de Corail dans le nord-ouest de la Nouvelle-Calédonie.Sur la Nouvelle-Calédonie : En cas de creusement de cette nouvelle dépression tropicale, sa trajectoire la plus probable serai... read more

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea March 1st 2018

Nouméa, ses arbres emblématiques, ses vieilles maisons coloniales, ses pick-up, son centre culturel...... read more

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea January 28th 2015

Last year when we arrived in Tonga, we were deluged by a rain storm of biblical proportions. This year all was calm and bright. In 2011 a new pier was commissioned by King Tupou V and it is a welcomed addition to the island. It is situated in downtown Nuku’alofa near the Royal Palace. Tupou V died in 2012 and is being succeeded by his brother Tupou VI. The coronation is scheduled for July 4ththis year. This will be a very formal occasion and the islanders are already preparing for the big day. Dignitaries and royalty will come from all over the world for this special celebration to honor the new monarch of the sovereign state of Tonga. Tonga is expanding as I write. An undersea volcano has been erupting for the past month and has ... read more

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