I loved that our suite faced port-side! It meant that each time we docked we had front row seats to the local welcoming entertainment. All from the comfort of our balcony.
HINT: Be mindful of the differences in views from port-side to sea-side, when booking a room.
Due to some rough seas, we arrived in Nouméa slightly behind schedule. But with no tenders required disembarking was reasonable fast.
I had booked our family on the Tchou Tchou Train Tour through the P&O shore tour desk on board. A 2-hour train ride with 3 stops was the perfect duration for our 3-year-old boy. Although, he did fall asleep in the first 10-minutes of the ride.
We had a fantastic tour guide that talked for two hours straight! Feeding us loads of information.
Did you know that the average 3 bedroom house in Nouméa costs around two million Australian dollars?
The train took us past the main beaches, marina, a few lookouts, historic residential areas and returned through the city. 2-hours was plenty of time to get a good feel of the island. It also allowed us to have time back on the ship to enjoy the pool while still docked and with fewer passengers on board.
You can book tours on arrival at the port at the information tour desk or on Noumea’s Tour website.
HINT: Weather conditions can affect cruising time and therefore port arrival times. Adjustments will be made to tour times at no extra cost if booking directly with P&O. While it might not be possible to change private tour times or receive reimbursement for a missed tour.
Ouen Toro Lookout
The Statue of Mary is in a prime real estate position – right on the top of the hill, looking out over much of Nouméa.
Colonial Housing at Faubourg Blanchot
A small local souvenirs market is located upstarts in the port.
HINT: You were able to use Australian dollars within the port as well as many other tourist places throughout Nouméa. Bring small notes as change maybe be given in Francs.