The South Pacific departing Sydney
The South Pacific confounds even the savviest map buffs with its splatter of dots spread across the world’s biggest ocean. What you can’t tell from a map, or even most tourist brochures is that these palm-laden pinpricks are as diverse as the region is vast.
There’s a lot to love about the South Pacific, it’s a big place – incredibly vast and blue, covering 284 million square kms. The culture, sights and sounds of this region will be a feast for your senses.
Relax during the day on sun-drenched beaches, dine at award-winning restaurants and take in some shows on your trip to Sydney.
Sydney, spectacularly draped around its glorious harbour and beaches, has the visual wow factor like few other cities. Scratch the surface and it only gets better.
Enjoy Sydney’s natural beauty, from unspoilt beaches to public gardens and, of course, the sparkling harbour, before discovering its thriving restaurants, markets and ancient culture. Top it off with a trip to the Blue Mountains, a popular excursion among locals.
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Noumea, New Caledonia
Nouméa, the capital city of New Caledonia is on the ocean. Several bays extend along the city, providing magnificent beaches and points of view. Besides its natural features, Nouméa also has very attractive cultural offerings for tourists who choose to visit there.
Gorgeous bays and splendid islets
Facing the lagoon, the Caledonian capital is the picture of the Pacific: a city to wander about in and live well, especially on the waterfront. The bay attracted the first Europeans to settle here starting in 1853 and has still kept all its appeal, as testified by the very beautiful beach on the Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata. Offshore in these bays are Îlot Maître and Îlot Canard, that can be reached in only a few minutes by boat. Both offer an ideal setting for a day of exploration or of lounging.
Mare Island, New Caledonia
Maré, the intense, wild beauty of its scenery, and the deep connection that the Mareans have with nature have given this island a very personal identity. The island will leave a lasting impression on those who take the time to discover it.
The island’s character is sure to leave a lasting mark on visitors taking the time to tame it and grasp its true nature. An experience full of encounters and emotions, discovering Maré is also an inner journey, exploring the heart of the island’s many facets.
Isle of Pines
Bathed in crystalline waters, the Ilse of Pines is an ocean of light with floating outrigger canoes that are the pride of its inhabitants, the Kuniés.
The southernmost of the Caledonian islands is situated almost on the Tropic of Capricorn with a latitude of 22° south. This geographical situation affords the island a very mild climate.
James Cook set down his anchor on its coasts in 1774. It was the English admiral who gave the island its name, due to its abundant New Caledonia pines with their characteristic slender silhouettes.