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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 pl... 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

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea December 27th 2014

When you consider New Caledonia is only two and a half hours flight from Sydney, visitors are really in for a pleasant surprise upon arrival in the country. The usual custom for Australians who want a taste of Europe is to get on a plane and travel half way around the world before we can enjoy the benefits of the fine cuisine, languages, and culture Europe is famed for. But right here in Noumea you will find cars driving on the right, people talking in French, patisseries and fine dining, first class roads and top rated hotels. It's all on offer when you visit this beautiful island in the South Pacific, just a hop and a skip out of Sydney. Qantas flew me direct to the capital, and the plane was full to capacity in the ... read more
Anse Vata beach
Christmas tree
The sun sets from my balcony

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea November 11th 2014

Dear Friends and Family, We now embarked on the luxury portion of our trip, cruising aboard the Celebrity Century to the South Pacific Islands of New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. The cruise ship had plenty for us to see and do including art auctions, movies, live concerts, Broadway style productions and even a kids centre for Riley. We had set dinner reservations with a family from Melbourne. Alex and Aja were great company and their kids, Vincent and Luca were so good with Riley. Our first port was the bustling port of Noumea in New Caledonia. We hiked out to the Bay of Lemons for a day at the beach, then wandered around town. In the afternoon, I went hiking further afield to areas that tourists don't usually see. It was a little nerve wrecking when ... read more
Riley wrapped up Mummy for Halloween
Cookie Monster and Cap for the cruise Halloween
Halloween gang

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea March 2nd 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014 I was up really early this morning, had a hard time sleeping last night. Not sure why this happened, however it really did. I headed down the Royal Promenade and settled in at my usually spot, in front of the Irish Bar. I was able to get caught up on my blog. Cindy woke up at 5:45am. We promised Jenny that we would skype her this morning, it would Saturday for her. After getting dressed quickly, we made our way to the High Notes lounge, 14th floor of the cruise ship. This is where one of the hot spots was and we can prep for our skyping with Jenny. It was great seeing her face and hearing her voice. We chatted with Jenny for 5 minutes. After skyping, I dropped ... read more
Noumea Harbor
Amedee Island Lighthouse
This fish stuck to the bottom of our glass bottom boat

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