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Discover Noumea & Aquarium
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This excursion presents the natural beauty of Noumea before focusing on its colorful marine life, beautifully displayed in the impressive city aquarium.
Enjoy a brief but scenic drive past Noumea's most popular park, the lovely Place des Cocotiers, and then on to the Ouen Toro lookout. From this elevated vantage point at the tip of a peninsula, you'll be treated to a wonderful view of the sparkling harbor, lagoon and a cluster of islands fringed with coral reefs. While certainly a magnificent sight, more than anything, it piques the curiosity of what lies below the surface. New Caledonia boasts a barrier reef second in size only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef and has the world's largest lagoon.
You'll explore New Caledonia's underwater world, without getting wet, at the Noumea Aquarium. The aquarium exhibits marine life in the most natural way possible, using water pumped from the nearby lagoon. You may see dainty sea horses, oddly hump-headed Napoleons, brightly colored angelfish, reef sharks and live nautiluses, a species that has survived relatively unchanged for millions of years. There's even a room illuminated by black lights that intensifies the coral's natural fluorescence.
Leaving the aquarium behind, you will make your way back to the pier, passing Lemon Bay - the local's favorite sheltered beach, the yacht marina, Orphelinat Bay and the Southern Governmental building along the way.
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Scenic & City Tours
Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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