New Caledonia by Cassandra Trezise (part 2-final)

Noumea has numerous museums. Tjibaou is a must do to help appreciate the evolution of New Caledonia as well as the history and customs of the Indigenous Kanak people.Baie des Citrons is another spectacular area along the city beaches well worth exploring. A new development called the “Mirage” houses many outstanding restaurants with a huge variety of cuisine all with water views. Les 3 Brasseurs (The 3 Brewers) is an icon of Noumea in Baie des Citrons. As the name suggests they brew their own beer! For dinner tonight we enjoyed a French classic dish – flammekueche. Flammekueche is a crepe like pizza base with different options of sweet and savoury toppings and tastes divine!

Friday morning we set out at 7:30am and travelled to Magenta airport, the domestic airport located only 10 minutes from Anse-Vata. Air Caledonie took us from Noumea to Isle of Pines. The cost of an airfare is approximately $100 per person and takes only 20 minutes. Alternatively a boat trip is available from Noumea port to Ilse De Pines. The journey only takes approx 2 ½ hours.

On arrival into Ile des Pins (Isle of Pines) you notice the cultural shift from French colonial to a more relaxed Melanesian lifestyle.
The sheer beauty of the Isle of Pines is mesmerizing. The water reflects all shades of magnificent blues and greens and is perfectly bordered by the fine white sands along the many beaches. The streets are shaded with large old conifer trees and the local architecture oozes Melanesian style.

At the Oure Tera Resort we were warmly welcomed and greeted with a cocktail. The Bungalows are well spaced in a tropical setting, many with views out to the private picturesque bay. Inside the bungalows are very spacious and ideal for both couples and families alike. As the sunsets that night over the bay we meander over to play Petanque by the water with a cocktail in hand.
On Saturday morning we were told a cruise ship would be in port so we headed over to the other side of the bay as we were curious as to what P & O passengers experience. Ironically the port was now filled with pop up stores selling souvenirs and all types of food including grilled lobsters for only $ 20!!
For lunch we also enjoyed freshly caught grilled Lobster in a beachside restaurant Kougny in Oro Bay located in the bay next to the Le Meridian. The restaurant floor is the sand of the beach and is shaded by large conifer tree. The stunning blue ocean serves as this unique restaurants back drop.
Only a short walk through the rainforest and along the river from the Le Meridian is a calm natural waterhole frequently visited by guest for swimming and snorkelling. Another magnificent natural wonder!
L’Escapade is a stunning island resort off the coast of Noumea. L’Escapade is only a 20 minute boat trip from Noumea’s Port Moselle. This resort has very generous sized overwater bungalows with views and secluded beaches to rival the best.
After a simple lunch in Anse-Vata of Espresso and a Chicken sandwich, for XFP 850, over- looking the city beaches for the last time it was time to head home.
Maverick Travel would like to thank Cassandra from Aircalin, for the last two articles on her lastest trip last month.

Don’t forget at Maverick Travel you can redeem your American Express membership reward points to pay for your trip: 10,000 = $100. We are the local team with the most experience 3289 3700.