FUN-travel: Slow Boat to Singapore – 8th Port – Nouméa, New Caledonia – Day 19

February 19, 2016 by  

Saturday, February 13th 

  • A market is a market is a market…

…except when you are in the city dubbed the “Paris of the Pacific.” This very French and very cosmopolitan city is home to La Marché, the colorful multi-hexagonal shaped downtown market. With each building organized by its specialty, just steps from the first one my nose knew – it was the fish market!

10 Noumea, New Caledonia 2016

  • The fresh produce section had lots more options than previous markets and more that I actually recognized. And the curries and spices weren’t hard to spot when I rounded the next corner.
  • Taking a different route back to the ship led us through China Town, decorated with bright red paper lanterns criss-crossing the street.

15 Noumea, New Caledonia 2016

FUN-fact – Offshore is one of the longest barrier reefs at just over 1,000 miles, second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef at 1,200 miles long. And home to 350 species of coral and 1,500 species of fish.

More FF – New Caledonia’s protected lagoon covers almost 9,000 square miles, making it the largest lagoon complex in the world.

  • Today’s excursion – Snorkeling at Signal Island – took 40 minutes by boat. While the water was a bit cloudy, I saw more shapes and colors of coral than ever before. They ranged from periwinkle to peach, mauve to milky white and soft pink to purple. The shapes were incredible and bizarre at the same time. And so vastly different with some looking like brains while others were spiky with starbursts of color on their tips. As for the fish, the usual suspects with a nice school of barracuda but no Nemo’s.
2 Noumea, New Caledonia 2016

View From Our Balcony

FUN-cocktail – Cable Car – Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, orange Curacao, fresh lemon sour served in a sugar & cinnamon rimmed martini glass with an orange twist.

  • Chris says, “You make these islands sound so wonderful when in fact they have their flaws.” Well, I never used the word pristine! And my first long distance view did color my perception, which was not the actual reality once I got “up close and personal.”
  • Hawaii is looking really good right now. Not that far, not that hot, and not that humid!
5 Noumea, New Caledonia 2016

Heading Out of the Harbor

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