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New Caledonia: Heart of the Pacific

7 Oct — 23 Oct 2017 | Tour Director: Mark Hanger

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Tour Director

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Mark Hanger , MA

graduate of Otago University, experienced botanist and ornithologist

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 0945 on overnight flights.

Day

2

Arrive Nouméa 2250 and transfer for three nights at Hôtel Le Lagon, located moments from Anse Vata Bay.

Day

3

Nouméa: Museum of New Caledonia (indigenous culture), Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre (celebration of Kanak cultural heritage).

Day

4

Further visits in Nouméa: Musée de la Ville de Nouméa (early colonial), followed by Nouville (convict settlement remains).

Day

5

Morning at the Parc Zoologique et Forestier (endemic birds). Drive north along the coast via sculpture park and mangrove walk at La Foa. Overnight stay at Hôtel La Néa, Koné.

Day

6

Trip on foot (4x4 or flight alternatives available at a supplement) to view the famous Coeur de Voh (mangrove vegetation naturally formed into the shape of a heart). Continue north for overnight stay at the Malabou Beach Hotel.

Day

7

Drive to Hienghène for Goa Ma Bwarhat Cultural Centre and afternoon cruise around dramatic coastal rock features. Two nights in Hotel Koulnoué Village, Hienghène.

Day

8

Short boat ride to the marine sanctuary of Îlot Hienga (lush forest and opportunity for guided snorkelling in the protected lagoon). Free afternoon in Hienghène.

Day

9

Transfer to the mountains at Sarraméa, and discover the special plants that live in this inhospitable environment. Overnight stay at Hôtel Evasion, Sarraméa.

Day

10

Whole day excursion to the Parc des Grandes Fougères (giant tree ferns). Return to Nouméa for two nights at Hôtel Le Lagon.

Day

11

Day at leisure in Nouméa.

Day

12

Early morning transfer by ferry to Île des Pins for a day exploring the island’s lagoons and rainforests. Overnight stay at Oure Tera Beach Resort.

Day

13

Return flight to Nouméa and travel to Prony Village (insight into the penal heritage of the island). Continue south to Port Boisé for three nights at Kanua Tera Ecolodge.

Day

14

Morning boat trip to uninhabited island bird sanctuary (breeding seabird colonies) followed by Cape N’Dua nature reserve (stunning natural cliffs and bays).

Day

15

Whole day excursion to the Blue River Provincial Park (native flora and fauna, including giant kauri trees and the world’s largest population of wild kagu).

Day

16

Return to Nouméa via Madeleine Waterfalls Provincial Reserve (botanical trails boasting exceptionally rich flora). Dinner by the coast before transferring to the airport.

Day

17

Depart Nouméa 0010, arriving Heathrow 1830.

Tour Dates

7 Oct — 23 Oct 2017

Days

17

Cost

£6045

Tour Code

NCAL-17

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Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, 13 lunches, 13 dinners with water, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, optional 4x4 or flight alternatives, single room supplement £670.

 
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