Discover the somber history and authentic flavors of New Caledonia while on a two-hour trip that takes you to the 19th-century vestiges of Ouro's French penal colony, plus visit tropical garden and beach at Chez Lylone. Trace the island's heritage to 1872, when Isle of Pines became an encampment for exiled political prisoners revolting against the Paris Commune. Walk around the timeworn remnants of the prison in Ouro, the most notable of the island's five penal areas, viewing its iron-barred windows and a water tower that was built by prisoners. Hear tales of the 3,000 Communard deportees who served time here, including the infamous Louise Michel, while viewing more than 200 anonymous gravesites and a pyramid-shaped memorial at the Cemetery of the Deportees. Then end the day on a lighter note at Chez Lylone surrounded by the backdrop of a white-sand shoreline edging the sea's clear-blue waters. Take a breather among the salt-tinged air before heading back to the pier to meet your ship.
• Ouro: See the 19th-century ruins of a water tower, convent and prison once used to house French political exiles.
• Communards: Walk around gravesites where some of the 3,000 deportees of the Paris Commune were buried on the island.
• Chez Lylone: Visit tropical garden and beach at Chez Lylone.
What to Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Cash/credit cards
• Sun protection
What to Wear:
• Hat and sunglasses
• Walking shoes
• Consider physical fitness and medical history when selecting tour.
• Guests in wheelchairs and others with limited mobility should not select this tour.
• Guests with concerns should consult their personal physician.
• Participation limited but minimum required for tour to operate.
• Tour sequence may vary.