New Caledonian R&R (Noumea)

by Adam

For my R&R on 26th January until 2nd February, Julie came to New Caledonia.

I packed my bags on Saturday night, so on Sunday morning, I just had to have breakfast, put the bags in the car, and drive to the airport.  However, it was not that simple! Sad smile

I had the car keys, my backpack, suitcase, esky, snorkel and flipper sets, and went out to load it into the car.  The problem was, I did not know where the car was, so I was walking around the whole camp from carpark to carpark, carrying all this, in the end, I gave up looking, and went to have breakfast, leaving all my things at the front of the canteen.

I got my phone out to call the fellow car-owners and found an sms telling me where the car was.  So managed to find it, put my stuff in, and started driving.

It was a beautiful sunny day, blue skies, and lovely hilly scenery, and three hours later, I arrived at the airport, waited a bit and then Julie arrived.

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We drove to Noumea, and were a bit early for our hotel check-in, so went up Ouen Toro to look.IMG_8407

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We sat under the tree for a little while, while waiting for the bus to move away from behind the car.

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The bus had a load of tourists (just like us).

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We went for a drive, saw the domestic airport, and then went to the Chateau Royal for check-in.

At the hotel, I realised that I had a major tan from driving all morning.

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As the room had a kitchen, we stayed in for dinner.

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The room was very nice, it reminded me of my apartment.

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Then we went for a walk along the beach.

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The next morning, we had breakfast at the hotel.

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and then went for a morning walk along the beach.

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Later, we walked to Baie de Citron for lunch at O Boucher.

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I had garlic bread to start.

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Then carparccio.

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Then we finished it all.

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Then we walked to Amorino for icecream.

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We got two flavours (cioccolato and amerena I think…) in a crepe.

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Yum yum.

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Then we went to the supermarket, then back to the hotel to rest.

In the evening, I went to the beach to take some photos.

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Then back to the hotel for dinner.

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Tuesday morning, we had breakfast at the hotel.

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Then we drove to the market.

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Driving is so stressful!  But we got there Smile

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After the market, we headed back to the hotel.

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We went to the pool at the hotel.

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We checked out of Chateau Royal and moved to le Pacifique hotel, but it was too early, so we sat at Anse Vata beach for a while then had lunch at Le Fare.

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Then to Amorino for more icecream!

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We checked into the hotel.

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It rained in the afternoon.

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Then we had dinner at Stone Grill.

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The next morning, we were going to Amedee island!  The bus picked us up from the hotel in the morning.

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the bus dropped by a few different hotels, then got to the port (next to the market!).  We boarded the boat and were greeted by people playing music and singing.  Found a seat and a guide talked us through the program.

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It was a very bumpy ride, but we got there!

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I pointed out that there was a snake near Julie, and she started jumping up and down screaming, then the snake slithered away.  Can you see it?

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This is the lighthouse at Lighthouse island.

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After swimming at the beach, we went onto the glass-bottom boat.  It was amazing, we saw turtles and many fish.

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Then from the glass-bottom boat, onto the big boat for the reef tour.  The water was very rough, and we were at the top of the boat, getting splashed.

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The colour was unbelievable to the eye, but water too rough for me to enjoy.

When we arrived back on the island, there was welcoming drinks and then buffet!

 

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The welcome drink had alcohol, so I went red.

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At the lunch, there was music and dance performance.

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I was invited to dance as well.  I am such a bad dancer, I’ll show you the video if you want to see it…

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After that, we went to watch a coconut tree climbing demonstration, then I was handed a wreath to place on my head, and was climbing the tree!  Also on video, which I can post if you want to see Smile

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After climbing the tree, we went swimming, saw many fish and turtles!

 

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Then spent a while on the beach.

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and sent a post card from the smallest post-office.

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I wanted to go inside the lighthouse, but before closing time, they had already closed.

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Then we got on the boat to leave the island.

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After we got back, the bus dropped us at the hotel.  It was a fantastic day!

Then we went out for dinner at Dukes.

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I’m going to go for lunch now, I’ll write about the next part of my R&R soon… Isle of Pines!

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