Discover why New Caledonia is likened to a touch of France in the south seas on this introductory tour by air-conditioned motor coach. Your panoramic journey begins with a drive through Nouméa’s main shopping center, passing ornate colonial homes and the colorful flame trees of the Place des Cocotiers (Coconut Tree Square). From the Fol Lookout Point, take in the view of the city center, the nickel plant, and your ship docked close by. There are superb views of Nouméa and the ship as you traverse the road over Montravel. The Church of the Immaculate Conception was built in 1874 and is the oldest in New Caledonia. While exploring its interior, you’ll view exquisite stained-glass windows depicting the miracles of Lourdes. Continue back to Nouméa via the bays, and stop at La Ouen Toro hill to survey the fine city panoramas, picturesque tropical islands and reef-protected waters. You will step into a local restaurant for coffee, tea and french cakes. Next, visit the aquarium—a chance to see this newly renovated facility depicting the stunning marine life of New Caledonia, including fascinating prehistoric nautilus and rare fluorescent corals. Return to the ship passing the beaches of Noumea.