Ideal for nature lovers, this excursion takes you on a walking tour of Parc Forestier, a wonderfully compact botanical park and bird sanctuary.
Begin your tour with a drive through the city center where you'll notice the splendid French architecture and cosmopolitan atmosphere that contributes to Noumea's reputation as the "Paris of the Pacific." You'll enjoy another perspective of the city from a scenic lookout along the way and still another superb vantage point at Parc Forestier, an elevated ever-evolving botanical park that opened in 1972.
While within the city limits, Parc Forestier seems worlds away. Shaded pathways wind through the towering trees, peacocks freely strut around the grounds, iguanas bask nearly motionless in the sun, and the calls of exotic birds can be heard piercing the air. Although you may glimpse a few non-native animals, including deer, monkeys and baboons, native birds are most prevalent.
During your guided walking tour, you may see the New Caledonian Imperial Pigeon, an impressively sized bird also known by its nickname: the Goliath Pigeon. All sorts of parakeets, crows and friarbirds endemic to New Caledonian can also be found here. Still, no bird captures the attention of visitors quite like the kagu, a flightless bird whose call is often mistaken for a barking dog. With its pale gray feathers and bright red legs, the kagu is easy to spot, especially since it's the national bird and its likeness is on 1000 Franc note and business logos throughout Noumea.
After your guided walk and a brief refreshment stop, you'll rejoin your coach and transfer back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking some of it over natural and hilly surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.