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Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea March 6th 2008

Wednesday, March 5, 2008 Today is another sea day as we are about half way to Noumea. The calendar of events is packed. We began our day by attending the lecture on Noumea. Now know what to do, and not do; what to see, and not see. After the Noumea lecture we had the next Explorations Speakers Series lecture. This time it was by a Colonel David Horner - Australia’s military historian. He has an incredible resume as a student, professor, veteran, author/editor (26 books), and consultant to TV programs. His talk was titled, “War Comes to Paradise Japan Strikes!” Basically his talk was on the planning to attack Pearl Harbor. From this talk I went to play the game “Lost at Sea” where you are in the lifeboat and have 15 things and you must ... read more

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea March 5th 2008

The first Sea Day. Today was our first full day at sea and there was just too much to do. Enjoyed breakfast at 7:00, then finished yesterdays blog and welcomed the sunshine, our first since last Friday. Then it was a little ironing. The first of our WWII lectures provided the background for war in the Pacific. The lecturers are military historians well versed in both sides of the conflict. Next I joined the Cruise Critics Meet and Greet. Unlike past M&G, where champagne or coffee and tea and cookies were served and the members interacted, this was more of a Q&A with the Hotel Director, the Culinary Supervisor and the head of Guest Services on the grill. Instead mingling, the time was spent criticizing everything from the boarding process to pancakes at breakfast. Single and ... read more

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Grand Terre March 3rd 2008

Apres la folie de Mardi Gras ce weekend, nous allons nous reposer en Nouvelle Caledonie (NC) et arrivons donc dans sa capitale Noumea. A premiere vue, Noumea n'est pas vraiment le paradis qu'on s'imagine. Mais quand on regarde de plus pres, on decouvre une culture et une societe interessante, avec ses problemes et ses bons points aussi. On est alles faire une excursion dans la Province Sud ou Francois notre guide nous a montre des plantes et des arbres datant de plus de 50 millions d'annees. On a aussi vu un cagou, oiseau endemique a la NC. Quelques paysages magnifiques et des gens tres sympas. Malheureusement pour nous, le temps n'etait pas de la fete et il a plu beaucoup cette semaine a Noumea. Mais on y etait pour une semaine alors on en profite! Le ... read more
Noumea vue de notre chambre - Noumea from our bedroom
Noumea vue de notre chambre - Noumea from our bedroom
Noumea vue de notre chambre - Noumea from our bedroom

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea January 27th 2008

The Nobregas are off to sea ... a new experience to add to our travel adventures!!! A 10 day cruise on the "Pacific Dawn" sailing to 4 ports of call around the south pacific region. Anticipation was high, we've heard a lot about it! Couldn't wait to get into that mile of food... As you all know on any cruise, anything and everything is available in on stop shop! and we weren't disappointed in that aspect...! A brouchure tells a million stories though, as we know things don't always go to plan as in our case. 2 days into it, captain makes an official annoucement that we are sailing into a fierce cyclone....! Itenerary out the window and our adventure became a "mystery cruise'... We didn't know where we wer going to end up everyday, weather ... read more
Introducing the massive Pacific Dawn
On board
Top deck

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea January 19th 2008

Our excitement of getting to visit New Caledonia dampened a bit when we started researching how much it costs to stay there! Definitely it has imported prices as well as the language from France, and thats a real shame for backpackers. Új-Kaledónia látogatása iránt érzett lelkesedésünket kissé lehűtötte mikor rájöttünk, hogy milyen sokba is fog ez nekünk kerülni. Nemcsak a nyelvet, de az árakat is importálták Franciaországból. With only a short time available we opted to visit the most talked about location in New Caledonia, the remote island of L’lle des Pins (Isle of Pines). The only way to get there is by ferry which runs only 3 days a week, making the island paradise feel very isolated. We had a fun journey as the cyclone that had affected us in Fiji had passed nearby and ... read more
Road to the pool - Ut a medencehez
The pool - A medence
The sea behind - Mogotte a tenger

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Grand Terre September 28th 2007

My last excursion on this journey was the north province (Grand Terre) of New Caledonia. Again we rented a car for three days. Our final destination was the city of Voh. It takes around 4 hours from Noumea to get to Voh. Because we left Noumea late in the afternoon we decided to camp on the beach Pindai. It’s a nice place top camp, it’s for free but it is hard to find this place, because there are no signs to guide you to this place. Well early in the morning we left for Voh. City of Voh is famous for it’s natural shaped heart. Yann Arthus-Bertrand used it for the front cover of his book called Earth from above. The only way to see this heart is from above, either from the airplane or from ... read more
Camping on the beach of Pindai
View from the tent
Henry the lama

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea September 11th 2007

As you can see in the summer of 2007 I went to New Caledonia. The flight to Noumea was very long. It took me 30 hours of flying to get to Noumea. I had a flight Ljubljana-Paris-Tokyo-Noumea with Air France. If you come from EU, you don’t need any visa requirements. Well in Noumea I was staying at the YHA. I really recommend this hostel. It is actually the only hostel in New Caledonia. It is save, clean and full of travelers. It is located in the centre of Noumea, on the hill, with a great view of Noumea. Well I stayed there for 5 nights. During these 5 nights I made a plan for Noumea (what to see, where to go etc.). I was surprised by the knowledge of English language in Noumea. Not a ... read more
View from YHA
Baie des Citrons
Friends from YHA on Baie des Citrons

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea April 13th 2007

2 blogs in 2 weeks I hear you say! Well nearly at the end of our 2 weeks here and where has that time gone. Once we landed in New Caledonia we were greated by Ben, Nathalie and Sam who took us back to Noumea a 50km drive. Once we arrived we were welcome into their apartment where we made ourself at home for the next two weeks. After a couple of days rest we decided to head south to and Island called the Isle of Pines known as 'the closest island to paradise'. We took a catamaran to the island which took 2.5hrs and you could say it was a little bit rough. We camped on the isle of pines at a place called Nataiwatch for 2 nights. While on the Isle of Pines we ... read more
Isle of Pines
The Big Chicken
The ''boat''!

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea April 3rd 2007

We left you in Hervy Bay, from where we moved onto Brisbane! Brisbane is a really nice city, its not too big or busy and is well looked after. We stayed at a really nice hostel called Bowen Terrace, it was more like staying in a big house than in a hostel. You can get around the city using the city cat, which as it sounds isn't a large feline, but a catameran that cruises up and down the river in the centre of the city! We decided to take a trip to Australia Zoo, home of the late Steve Irwin. We encountered lots of animals, from mini crocodiles to the largest you could ever imagine, to circus rescued elephants, bengal tigers, wombats, turtles, dingoes and of course lots of Koalas, we even got to cuddle ... read more
Elephants Football
Sarah and Mash
Nick and Mash

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea February 12th 2007

Day 28 - February 12, 2007, Monday, Noumea, New Caledonia Time: 6:58 am, Monday (1:58 pm, Sunday CST) Latitude: 22 degrees 16.51 minutes S Longitude: 166 degrees 25.86 minutes E Speed: 0 - At Anchor Seas: Smooth Wind: Calm Distance traveled from FLL: 10,084 nautical miles Weather: 80 degrees / 75% humidity, Sunny Noumea is the beautiful capital city of the French territory of New Caledonia. As we arrived the sun was shining! We were happy to see that! The French established a settlement here in 1854. The area first served as a prison colony from 1864 to 1904, and then as a center for the nickel and gold that was mined nearby. Later it served as the headquarters of the U.S. military in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, the U.S. military ... read more
Time to play!
Our beach for the day!
Cathedral in Noumea, New Caledonia

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