Noumea, New Caledonia
Zodiac Ride & Duck Island Marine Reserve
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Approximately 3 Hours
A shuttle service takes you from the ship to the embarkation point for the zodiac -- a small but powerful boat that will take you on a thrillingly fast ride in the dazzling blue waters around Nouméa.
Before boarding, you'll be briefed on safety and be outfitted with a lifejacket.
The zodiac zips out of the harbor, past your ship, into the bays that surround the peninsula of Nouméa. You'll cross in front of the Baie de l'Orphelinat, cruise under a bridge into the Baie des Citrons (Lemon Bay), whose beach is a favorite destination for Nouméans and visitors alike.
Reaching the Ile aux Canards (Duck Island) -- a coral islet in Anse Vata Bay -- you'll disembark and enjoy a couple of hours at leisure. Options include swimming, sunbathing, relaxing on the beach and snorkeling (bring your own gear). This beautiful islet is surrounded by colorful coral, fish and other marine life, which you can explore by following an underwater path. Signs guide you through this underwater world.
You'll eventually re-board the zodiac and race back across the bays with great views of Nouméa's beaches and waterfront.
Snorkel gear is not provided -- bring your own if you wish to snorkel. Minimum age is 5 years. Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, sunscreen and a hat. Maximum weight is 330 lbs. Participants must step into in the water and climb steps upon entering and exiting the Zodiac.