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    Melanesian Encounter

    Lifou, New Caledonia

    Duration 2 hrs

    Visit the Melanesian village of Hnathalo, where ancient customs are still practiced religiously and traditional island values are held in high esteem. Hnathalo is also the name of the tribe living there. ...
    Visit the Melanesian village of Hnathalo, where ancient customs are still practiced religiously and traditional island values are held in high esteem. Hnathalo is also the name of the tribe living there. more...

    Visit the Melanesian village of Hnathalo, where ancient customs are still practiced religiously and traditional island values are held in high esteem. Hnathalo is also the name of the tribe living there. Following a welcoming coconut drink, you will walk among the village’s thatched huts, hand-carved totems and open expanses shaded by swaying palms and towering Royal Poinciana trees. It will be like traveling back in time, as little has changed over the years because traditional Melanesian ways are still fervently practiced in Hnathalo. That is especially true in the preparation of dishes such as bougna, a concoction that you will sample after seeing how it’s cooked over red-hot stones in a cleverly designed ground oven. You will also be invited to enter the circular Chief’s Hut, one of the largest of its kind in New Caledonia, and view a church that French Catholic missionaries constructed in 1883. It is decorated with period furnishings that enhance the authenticity.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Learn about the traditional Melanesian way of life in the rural village Hnathalo.
    • Sample the Melanesian dish bougna, which is cooked in banana leaves in an earthen oven.
    • See the interior of the revered Chief’s Hut and a missionary-built, 19th-century church.

    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

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    • Adult from: 62,20 EUR
    • Child from: 62,20 EUR
    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Island Discovery

    Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

    Duration 2 hrs

    Travel through the Isle of Pines while admiring the natural beauty and gaining an understanding of the cultural diversity. ...
    Travel through the Isle of Pines while admiring the natural beauty and gaining an understanding of the cultural diversity. more...

    Travel through the Isle of Pines while admiring the natural beauty and gaining an understanding of the cultural diversity. Upon arriving in the village of Vao, the island’s administrative center, you will see the 19th-century Notre-Dame de L’Assumption church, the first stone chapel built in New Caledonia.


    A different sort of religious monument awaits you at St-Maurice Bay, where a ring of wooden totems surrounds a statue of St. Maurice. It commemorates the first Catholic service that French missionaries held there in 1848. Wooden outrigger canoes are the attraction of St. Joseph’s Bay, as they are constructed there using traditional methods, even though most of the outriggers are equipped with modern outboard motors.


    For a glimpse into the legends associated with the Isle of Pines, you will visit Oumagne Grotto, where Queen Hortense supposedly hid during a tribal war. If you throw a coin on the flagstone that was her bed and make a wish, it will allegedly come true.


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    • Adult from: 71,22 EUR
    • Child from: 62,20 EUR
    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Cliffs of Jokin

    Lifou, New Caledonia

    Duration 2 hrs

    Gain an understanding of life on Lifou by visiting a prosperous vanilla plantation and the village of Jokin, which overlooks one of the island’s most gorgeous seascapes. ...
    Gain an understanding of life on Lifou by visiting a prosperous vanilla plantation and the village of Jokin, which overlooks one of the island’s most gorgeous seascapes. more...

    Gain an understanding of life on Lifou by visiting a prosperous vanilla plantation and the village of Jokin, which overlooks one of the island’s most gorgeous seascapes. Although Lifou’s terrain is rugged, especially along the coast, it is ideal for growing vanilla beans, as you will see firsthand on the plantation. The majority of the vanilla grown on the island is exported to flavor everything from ice cream to perfume, but a small quantity is always reserved for use by the islanders. After a tour of the wonderfully aromatic plantation, you will have the chance to sample a cup of vanilla-enhanced coffee. In the northernmost village of Jokin, you will enjoy free time to wander around and mingle with the residents, who will eagerly share the details of daily life in their small, rather remote village. Jokin perches high atop a fossilized coral cliff overlooking one of the island’s most magnificent bays, and the views are breathtaking.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Visit a vanilla plantation to see how this aromatic flavoring is derived from orchids.
    • Sample a cup of vanilla-enhanced coffee and discover other uses of versatile vanilla.
    • Mingle with the villagers in remote Jokin and admire the ocean views from its coral cliffs.

    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

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    • Adult from: 62,20 EUR
    • Child from: 62,20 EUR
    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Island Visit on Your Own

    Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

    Duration 1 1/2 hrs

    Visit some of the most representative attractions on the Isle of Pines for an overall view of the lifestyle and history. ...
    Visit some of the most representative attractions on the Isle of Pines for an overall view of the lifestyle and history. more...

    Visit some of the most representative attractions on the Isle of Pines for an overall view of the lifestyle and history.


    The Melanesian people inhabited the island for 2,000 years before the first Europeans arrived and their descendants still account for most of the population. Explorer James Cook named the island for its pine forests in the late 1700s, but it didn’t really change dramatically until French missionaries came in the mid 19th century.


    You will view Notre-Dame de L’Assumption, the first stone chapel on the island, and a statue of St. Maurice that recognizes the island’s first Catholic service. The hand-carved wooden totems that surround the statue depict birds and other animals indigenous to the island. The Melanesians still hand-build outrigger canoes in traditional ways, as you will discover at St. Joseph’s Bay, an idyllic spot on the island’s southern coast.


    If time permits, the guide will bring you to yet another attraction that will enhance your understanding of the island.


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    • Adult from: 40,57 EUR
    • Child from: 26,14 EUR
    DURATION 1 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Ruins in Paradise

    Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

    Duration 2 hrs

    Trace the French influence on the Isle of Pines, beginning at the Kuto wharf, where thousands of deported French prisoners landed in the 19th century. ...
    Trace the French influence on the Isle of Pines, beginning at the Kuto wharf, where thousands of deported French prisoners landed in the 19th century. more...

    Trace the French influence on the Isle of Pines, beginning at the Kuto wharf, where thousands of deported French prisoners landed in the 19th century. They were incarcerated in the island’s five penal colonies, one of which you will see in the commune of Ouro. Although most of it is in ruins and overrun with vegetation, the penal colony remains notorious. You will see its cemetery with hundreds of unmarked graves, the remains of prison cells where the worst offenders were held and a convict-built water tower that is still used today.


    Over a 30-year stretch, more than 20,000 convicts were imprisoned on the Isle of Pines, many of them political prisoners. You will have the opportunity to discuss the horrific penal colonies while meandering the garden and beach at the restaurant Chez Lylone. It is an appropriate setting as the grounds were once part of a penal colony.


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    • Adult from: 71,22 EUR
    • Child from: 62,20 EUR
    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Tropical Forest Walk & Secret Grotto

    Lifou, New Caledonia

    Duration 2 hrs

    Meander through a tropical forest and explore a grotto, where you will discover how the local Melanesians have gained great benefits from the natural environment. ...
    Meander through a tropical forest and explore a grotto, where you will discover how the local Melanesians have gained great benefits from the natural environment. more...

    Meander through a tropical forest and explore a grotto, where you will discover how the local Melanesians have gained great benefits from the natural environment. They have lived off the land for centuries, in particular, by hunting and using native flora for medicinal purposes. New Caledonia boasts more than 2,400 species of indigenous plants, so the islanders have always had a vast array of flora at their disposal. Some plants are used to treat ailments while others contain toxins that are sometimes added to rivers to temporarily paralyze fish so they can easily be caught. This is the sort of engaging information that the guide will impart during the forest walk. Later, you will explore a grotto by torchlight, which will eerily illuminate the interior, so you can see the odd shapes of the stalagmites and stalactites. You will also learn how the Melanesians use traditional methods to gather coconut crabs, trap birds and hunt wild pigs.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Take a leisurely walk through a forest with a naturalist guide that will describe the flora.
    • Hear how the Melanesians use plants for medicinal purposes and hunt in the forest.
    • Explore a grotto by torchlight, which will make the interior look all the more dramatic.

    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

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    • Adult from: 62,20 EUR
    • Child from: 62,20 EUR
    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    A Day at Le Meridian Resort

    Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

    Duration 5 hrs

    Spend hours luxuriating at Le Meridien, a beachfront resort on the Isle of Pines’ stunningly beautiful northern shore. Nestled among the island’s namesake pines and groves of coconut palms, Le Meridien couldn’t be more inviting. ...
    Spend hours luxuriating at Le Meridien, a beachfront resort on the Isle of Pines’ stunningly beautiful northern shore. Nestled among the island’s namesake pines and groves of coconut palms, Le Meridien couldn’t be more inviting. more...

    Spend hours luxuriating at Le Meridien, a beachfront resort on the Isle of Pines’ stunningly beautiful northern shore. Nestled among the island’s namesake pines and groves of coconut palms, Le Meridien couldn’t be more inviting. While you will be free to do nothing more ambitious than relax on the sugar-white beach, you can participate in watersports if you wish.


    You might kayak through the turquoise waters just offshore, glide along on a stand-up paddleboard and snorkel in the crystal-clear sea, where you will surely see all sorts of colorful tropical fish. There is also an infinity pool and plenty of lounge chairs around it.


    Games are just as abundant, if you want to stay active on shore. Badminton, volleyball and pool are just a few of the options. You may even try pétanque, a French game similar to lawn bowling. A magnificent French-inspired lunch is also included to round out your day at Le Meridien.


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    • Adult from: 179,39 EUR
    • Child from: 134,32 EUR
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Luecilla Beach & Scenic Drive

    Lifou, New Caledonia

    Duration 3 hrs

    Explore the natural side of Lifou on an inspiring driving tour along its sparsely inhabited northern shore, followed by a relaxing stop at a pristine beach that rims a lagoon. ...
    Explore the natural side of Lifou on an inspiring driving tour along its sparsely inhabited northern shore, followed by a relaxing stop at a pristine beach that rims a lagoon. more...

    Explore the natural side of Lifou on an inspiring driving tour along its sparsely inhabited northern shore, followed by a relaxing stop at a pristine beach that rims a lagoon. Along the way, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of coral cliffs, turquoise seas and lush foliage, punctuated with splashes of brightly colored flowers. This is a true tropical paradise with little or no development, much like it has been for centuries. Still, you will drive through the island’s administrative center of We on beautiful Châteaubriand Bay at the end of a sugar-white beach on the east coast. Nearby, you will find Luecila Beach, an unspoiled stretch of sand that ranks as one of Lifou’s most picturesque and enjoyable as there are no resorts or shops to detract from the natural beauty. You will be free to do as you please there, whether it be swimming, beachcombing or simply relaxing in the shade of a coconut palm.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Marvel at Lifou’s natural beauty on a panoramic drive along its undeveloped coast.
    • Pass through the island’s administrative center of We on lovely Châteaubriand Bay.
    • Spend free time relaxing on Luecila Beach, a serene stretch of sand near We.

    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

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    • Adult from: 62,20 EUR
    • Child from: 62,20 EUR
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Lifou Vanilla House

    Lifou, New Caledonia

    Duration 2 hrs

    Discover how vanilla pods are cultivated and processed for export at a plantation and walk along a forest trail looking for Lifou’s fascinating wildlife. ...
    Discover how vanilla pods are cultivated and processed for export at a plantation and walk along a forest trail looking for Lifou’s fascinating wildlife. more...

    Discover how vanilla pods are cultivated and processed for export at a plantation and walk along a forest trail looking for Lifou’s fascinating wildlife. Although the vanilla orchid originated in Mexico, it flourishes in the Loyalty Islands, where it was introduced in 1850. You will watch the pods being prepared step by step and gain an understanding of the economic importance of vanilla, which is significant on Lifou. As you will see in the plantation’s gift shop, vanilla is readily infused into merchandise such as soaps, liqueurs and perfumes. Lifou is also known for its wildlife. Accompanied by a naturalist guide, you will meander through a forest where you may spot tropical birds, including endemic ones such as the New Caledonian cuckooshrike and two species of Lifou white-eye. The massive coconut crab is another creature commonly found in the forest. The name refers to its uncanny ability to crack open coconuts with its powerful pincers.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Visit a vanilla plantation to see how this aromatic flavoring is derived from orchids.
    • Recognize how vanilla is used in products such as soaps, liqueurs and perfumes.
    • Follow a trail through the forest while looking for birds and enormous coconut crabs.

    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

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    • Adult from: 71,22 EUR
    • Child from: 71,22 EUR
    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Maori Experience & Thermal Reserve

    Tauranga, New Zealand

    Duration 8 1/2 hrs

    Explore a thriving center of breathtaking thermal activity and traditional Maori culture during this scenic, full day visit to the historic spa town of Rotorua. ...
    Explore a thriving center of breathtaking thermal activity and traditional Maori culture during this scenic, full day visit to the historic spa town of Rotorua. more...

    Explore a thriving center of breathtaking thermal activity and traditional Maori culture during this scenic, full day visit to the historic spa town of Rotorua.


    Head to Te Puke, the world's largest kiwifruit growing region. Stop at the Agrodome to watch the country's best-trained champion rams parade on stage, and a sheep-shearing demonstration. The highly trained sheepdogs will finish the show with a display of sheep mustering.


    Drive past the Rotorua lakefront where you may see a variety of waterfowl as well as several local landmarks before arriving at the Skyline Gondola terminal. Here, you’ll embark one of the aerial gondolas for a breathtaking ride up the side of Mount Ngongotaha, enjoying panoramic vistas of Lake Rotorua, the city and surrounding areas. Arriving at the top of the mountain, the Skyline Restaurant with its unparalleled views is where you’ll be treated to a buffet lunch while a local Maori “Kapa Haka” group entertains you.


    Visit Te Puia, the home to the internationally renowned spouting Pohutu geyser and boasts silica terraces, pools of boiling mud and dramatic steams vents. Your guide being a Maori is keen to share the fascinating local lore and legends of this wonderful country. A strong sulfur smell, a product of the intense thermal activity, will fill the air. Remember to bring your cameras on this exciting geothermal experience.


    View the reserve's fascinating re-creation of an early Maori village, and also have time to purchase souvenirs in the gift shop, including traditional Maori carvings. At Te Puia's Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, where for the past 45 years visitors have enjoyed this unique journey into the Maori's rich heritage, their mission is all about preserving the ancient skills and rich culture of the Maori. To that end, young people from across New Zealand are selected as apprentices. Here, the students learn skills ranging from carving to weaving, along with creating flax skirts and patterned bodices, and you will see all this at close hand.


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    • Adult from: 256,92 EUR
    • Child from: 179,39 EUR
    DURATION 8 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Turtle Bay Encounter & Swim

    Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

    Duration 2 hrs

    Cruise along the picturesque southern coastline of the Isle of Pines from Kanumera Bay to Turtle Bay, where you will look for its namesake sea turtles. ...
    Cruise along the picturesque southern coastline of the Isle of Pines from Kanumera Bay to Turtle Bay, where you will look for its namesake sea turtles. more...

    Cruise along the picturesque southern coastline of the Isle of Pines from Kanumera Bay to Turtle Bay, where you will look for its namesake sea turtles.


    As you leave Kanumera, you will see a sacred rock in the middle of the bay, just one of the many attractions that the guide will point out and describe in detail. You will also pass the village of Vao, where there was once a penal colony that held prisoners deported from France. The statute at St-Maurice Bay recognizes the first Catholic service that was held on the island. A ring of hand-carved wooden totems depicting birds and other animals surrounds it.


    Still, the highlight of the cruise is the chance to observe loggerhead and green sea turtles feeding in Turtle Bay. You may also spot manta rays and dolphins, as the water is typically crystal-clear. Free time on uninhabited Brush Island follows, during which you might enjoy a refreshing swim.


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    • Adult from: 134,32 EUR
    • Child from: 89,25 EUR
    DURATION 2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Lagoon Cruise & Beach Break

    Bora Bora, French Polynesia

    Duration 3 hrs

    This wonderful combination tour allows you to explore Bora Bora’s magical lagoon on board a covered boat, snorkel and relax on a pristine beach. ...
    This wonderful combination tour allows you to explore Bora Bora’s magical lagoon on board a covered boat, snorkel and relax on a pristine beach. more...

    This wonderful combination tour allows you to explore Bora Bora’s magical lagoon on board a covered boat, snorkel and relax on a pristine beach. You’ll have excellent photo opportunities of the hidden, eastern side of Bora Bora, so be sure to bring your camera.


    Cruise from Vaitape Bay, past beautiful Raititi Point and the enchanting islets of Motu Toopua and Motu Tapu. During your cruise, you'll be treated to some wonderful views on the crystal clear lagoon as well as the island highest peak, Mount Otemanu. Upon reaching the motu (coral islet), you'll enjoy a typical island beach break and refreshments. Relax, sunbathe, or dip your toes in the shallow waters.


    Since snorkeling from the motu is limited due to shallow waters, a snorkel stop is done at another location during the tour.


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    • Adult from: 125,30 EUR
    • Child from: 125,30 EUR
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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