Amadee Island, Noumea, New Caledonia

The capital of New Caledonia, Noumea is a little piece of France in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Before World War II, New Caledonia was a little known and seldom-visited French possession known for its penal colony and its natural resources. (Nickel smelting still plays a major role (70%) in the island economy, with tourism a growing second.

In 1774, James Cook thought the island’s rugged hills resembled those of his native Scotland. Hence he christened the island New Caledonia. The island and its outlying groups became a French colony in 1854 and an overseas department of France in 1956.

Today was not only Sunday but the celebration of the colony’s founding, with a twin event run by the locals, and a bus strike.

Amadee Island

We took the day-long excursion to the Amadee Island Marine Reserve and Lighthouse.  The tour was very well organised, and relaxing.  We swam a little, ate a sumptuous lunch and listened to the concert.

Back on board just before sailing, we took in the Motor City Production Show in the Vista Lounge before dinner.  After dinner, there was a ventriloquist with a full house; we managed to see/hear most of it before shuteye.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s