This spectacular excursion appeals to the senses by presenting views of Noumea's natural beauty, followed by a wine and cheese tasting that reveals the area's French influence.
Departing from the pier by coach, you'll make your way to the FOL lookout point, where you'll enjoy sweeping harbor views. En route, you'll pass the Southern Province Government House, Port Plaisance Shopping Center, the Yacht Club and the Marina's housing complex. All the while, you'll be getting a feel for the cosmopolitan city of Noumea, whose atmosphere is decidedly French. But that's only one vantage point that helps to introduce you to the "Paris of the Pacific" as the city is known.
Continuing on south of Noumea, you'll stop at the Ouen Toro scenic lookout, from which you'll see a portion of New Caledonia's barrier reef, which is the world's second longest, only eclipsed by Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The lookout is also home to a memorial honoring the Allied troops that protected the French colony of New Caledonia during World War II.
The island has deep ties to France, best expressed through exquisite French cuisine served in restaurants such as La Coupole. Known for having one of the South Pacific's finest wine cellars, the restaurant offers an ideal setting for your wine and cheese tasting. You'll discover the intricacies of several different vintages and sample a variety of classic cheeses, served with freshly baked baguettes. Afterwards, you'll drive back to the pier via a route that presents yet another scenic perspective of Noumea.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops. There are stairs and some hilly terrain to negotiate at the Ouen Toro scenic lookout. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.