11 Night South Pacific Cruise on Voyager of the Seas from Sydney, Australia Lifou, Loyalty Islands, Cliffs of Jokin Coral Reefs
The 11 Night South Pacific Cruise from Sydney, Australia visits Isle Of Pines, New Caledonia; Mystery Island, Vanuatu; Port Vila, Vanuatu; Mare, New Caledonia; Lifou, Loyalty Islands; Noumea, New Caledonia; Sydney, Australia. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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11 Night South Pacific Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Voyager of the Seas
Day 1 - Sydney, Australia
Day 2 - 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - Isle Of Pines, New Caledonia
Day 5 - Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Day 6 - Port Vila, Vanuatu
Day 7 - Mare, New Caledonia
Day 8 - Lifou, Loyalty Islands
Day 9 - Noumea, New Caledonia
Day 10 - 11 - Cruising
Day 12 - Sydney, Australia
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Lifou, Loyalty Islands, Cliffs of Jokin Coral Reefs
Coral reefs in the water at the Cliffs of Jokin on Lifou, Loyalty Islands
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11 Night South Pacific Cruise

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Leaving from
Sydney, Australia
Onboard
Voyager of the Seas
Day Port
1
Sydney, Australia
Departs at 4:30 PM
2 - 3
Cruising
Day at sea
4
Isle Of Pines, New Caledonia
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
5
Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6
Port Vila, Vanuatu
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7
Mare, New Caledonia
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
8
Lifou, Loyalty Islands
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9
Noumea, New Caledonia
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10 - 11
Cruising
Day at sea
12
Sydney, Australia
Arrives at 6:30 AM
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Your ship Voyager of the Seas

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Voyager of the Seas
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Voyager of the Seas, Anchored
Voyager of the Seas anchored
Get to know
Voyager of the Seas
Voyager of the Seas® has plenty of surprises to fill your wandering with wonder. Onboard you'll find junkanoo-jamming parades on the Promenade, Far East flavors at Izumi, and thrills on every deck, from wave riding on the FlowRider® surf simulator to late night spins around the ice-skating rink.

DISCOVER ADVENTURE ON EVERY DECK

Raise the thrill factor on the Rock Climbing Wall and hang ten on FlowRider®. Lace up your skates and put your adventure on ice, or tee up for a game of mini golf. This is your epic getaway, and you decide how to seize the day.

GOURMET GLOBETROTTING

This is one epicurean adventure your taste buds will thank you for. Savor sizzling steaks at Chops Grille℠, or indulge in a five-course foodie feast at Chef's Table. Fresh-rolled sushi awaits at Izumi, and family-style favorites will satisfy your cravings at Giovanni's Table.

SHOWS THAT HIT EVERY HIGH NOTE

Settle in for a show filled with songs from classic movies in Music in Pictures, and wander down the Great White Way in Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme. On this ship, every act is epic.

Amped Up Adventure

The newly amped up Voyager of the Seas® is packed with more ways to play on your South Pacific getaway. Gear up for a glow-in-the-dark laser tag face-off in Battle for Planet Z℠ and catch a wave on the FlowRider℠ surf simulator. Take a flavor-filled journey to the exotic Far East at Izumi and find your element with rustic Italian dishes served with a contemporary flair at Giovanni’s Table.

Day 1: Sydney, Australia

Day 1
Sydney
Australia
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Sydney, Australia, Circular quay and opera house
View of the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay with the Skyline in the distance in Australia
Things to do in
Sydney
Departs at 4:30 PM
You won't have any trouble filling up an itinerary in Sydney — there's a wealth of sights, sounds and activities here to delight adventurers of all stripes. Visit one or all of the city's three iconic landmarks: the Sydney Opera House, the massive arched Harbour Bridge and white-sanded, crescent-shaped Bondi Beach. Get your culture on at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, with works from ancient tribal Australia to medieval Europe to modern times. Cruise to Sydney and check out the North Head Cliffs at Manly Beach, which offer panoramic views of the bay and the skyline, or go snorkeling along the underwater nature trail at secluded Gordon's Bay to spot starfish and sea urchins.
Sydney, Australia, Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia

Go in Circles

Circular Quay is the perfect place to start exploring Sydney. You can find the Opera House here, and Harbour Bridge is within walking distance. Stride into one of the many walking and pub tours that leave from here. Just 20 minutes away, you can stretch your legs on the iconic Harbour Bridge walk, the first of its kind in the world.
Insider tip
Central Sydney is extremely walkable, so take the time to explore the little streets close to Circular Quay.
Sydney, Australia, Manly beach
People enjoying Manly beach in Sydney, Australia

Get Manly

Bondi Beach gets all the attention, but Manly Beach in the Northern Beaches is a bit more local. The Corso is lined with shops and restaurants, including local favorite, Hugo's. If surfing is your thing, this is the place to be. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a fantastic way to soak in the city's coastline.
Insider tip
Taronga Zoo is filled with indigenous animals (and yes, you can pet a koala). This zoo's biggest secret is that it has one of the best views of the city.
Sydney, Australia, The Gap at Watsons Bay
The Gap at Watsons Bay in Sydney, Australia

Walk Watsons

Hop on the ferry or one of the regular buses that go to Watsons Bay to enjoy the scenic hike around South Head. During your journey, you'll enjoy views of Sydney Harbour, North Head, the historic Hornby Lighthouse and, of course, the sapphire-blue Pacific Ocean. The Gap offers breathtaking views of the sea from the rocky cliffside.
Sydney, Australia, Fresh Rock oysters
A plate of fresh Sydney rock oysters

Local Cuisine

With all the water surrounding you, it's no surprise seafood takes center stage on many plates in the city. Head to Sydney Fish Market for giant Sydney Rock oysters or classic fish and ships. Stop into a local pie shop for a traditional Australian meat pie, or explore Sydney's international side with udon or ramen noodles at a Japanese noodle bar, or seek out shrimp dumplings in Chinatown.
Sydney, Australia, Opal ring
An opal ring displayed on a stone

Shopping

There are plenty of shopping malls in the heart of the city, including Westfield Mall, Pitt Street Mall and the wonderful Queen Victoria Building, which is now a shopping mall featuring top designers. Seek out cutting boards made from local camphor laurel — they're not only beautiful but also have natural antimicrobial properties. During your Sydney cruise vacation, look for jewelry made from opal, the national gemstone of Australia.

Day 2 - 3: Cruising

Day 2 - 3
Cruising
At Sea
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Woman Putting with her Family
Family Playing Mini Golf Onboard
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES
Sister Teaching Younger Brother Mini Golf
Family Enjoying a Round of Mini Golf

Mini Golf

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
Young Woman Climbing
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 4: Isle Of Pines, New Caledonia

Day 4
Isle Of Pines
New Caledonia
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Isle Of Pines, New Caledonia, Palm tree on a beach
A palm tree on a beach in Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
Things to do in
Isle Of Pines
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Time will stop when you first lay eyes on the Isle of Pines' glittering blue water and white, powdery beaches. Nicknamed "The Jewel of the Pacific," this small isle greets you with the spiny trees that line its shores — these pines give the island its name. Formed from nutritious volcanic rock, the isle is surrounded by the New Calendonia Barrier Reef. Cruise to Isle of Pines and head to secluded Upi Bay, where you can go snorkeling and see the reef up-close, as well as clownfish, sea turtles and other exotic sea life. Or take the one-hour hike through lush rainforest to the top of N'Ga Peak. From the summit, you can spot the natural pool at Oro Bay — head there afterward to relax and splash around in the clear waters surrounded by pines.
Isle Of Pines, New Caledonia, Pic N'Ga
Pic N'ga towering over Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

Play King of the Island

The hike up to the highest point, Pic N'Ga, takes only an hour. As you walk, catch glimpses native bird life and soak in the perfume of tropical flora. At the summit, your hard work is rewarded with panoramic views of the entire island and the never-ending blue ocean.
Insider tip
Wear a shirt that covers your shoulders and shorts to your knees if you leave the beaches.
Isle Of Pines, New Caledonia, Rocky Coast
Rocky coast at Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

Go Au Naturelle

A quick taxi ride will land you at Piscine Naturelle, a natural saltwater lagoon filled with clear blue waters and powder-soft sand. Less crowded than the other areas, these shallow waters are the perfect spot to slow down and take in the natural splendor.
Insider tip
You can rent snorkeling equipment from shops near the port if you don't have your own.
Isle Of Pines, New Caledonia, Kanumera Bay
Kanumera Bay at Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

Snorkel Around the Sacred Rock

Snorkel in warm waters in Kanumera Bay during your cruise. You'll come across an ancient sacred rock covered by vegetation. Made from pure limestone, it's passionately protected by the Melanesian people. Swim its circumference, and catch glances of colorful schools of fish passing by.
Insider tip
Be sure to wear coral-friendly sunblock that is environmentally friendly!
Haifa, Israel Shawarma Falafel
Traditional Israeli shawarma and falafel with fried eggplant

Local Cuisine

The isle is small but well-prepared for tourists. At Kuto Bay — yet another snorkeling spot — you'll find a small cafe serving island food and drink. Try bougna, an island specialty of fish, chicken or lobster with yams cooked in coconut milk and wrapped in a banana leaf. Bulimes, the local snails, are also a delicacy. Cruise to Isle of Pines and walk along the shores, and you'll pass local-run stalls selling BBQ meat skewers and tasty grilled lobsters.
Haifa, Israel Ceramic Plates
Ceramic plates and other souvenirs in the flea markets in Haifa, Israel

Shopping

Dotted around the bay areas are little market stalls where you can shop for souvenirs. The Islanders make a fragrant oil from the roots and inner trunk of sandalwood trees, or pick up a pareo — a local sarong — for your beach trips back home.

Day 5: Mystery Island, Vanuatu

Day 5
Mystery Island
Vanuatu
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Mystery Island, Vanuatu Beach Palm tree
The beach with palm trees in Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Things to do in
Mystery Island
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Uninhabited and untouched by modern society, Mystery Island will make you believe it wouldn't be so bad to be a marooned sailor in an old storybook. You'll find no electricity, roads or telephones here. A comfortable 30-minute walk will take you on a self-guided tour of the entire island. Only accessible by cruise ship and the nearby inhabitants of Aneityum, you'll truly get to experience life on a deserted island. Cruise to Mystery Island and explore the white-sand shoreline and its warm waters — go for a snorkel and see an incredible underwater world untouched by human influence.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Underwater Sea Life
View of underwater sea life in Mystery Island, Vanuatu

Go on a Coral Safari

Because Mystery Island is so secluded, the coral is exceptionally healthy and the fish plentiful. Whether you are swimming or snorkeling, you'll pass clown fish, parrot fish, barracudas and majestic sea turtles. You might even be lucky enough to glimpse a seahorse.
Insider tip
There are no rentals on this island, so bring your own snorkeling gear. It's worth it.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Aerial View Paddle Boarding
Woman on a stand up paddle boat over turquoise waters

What's SUP?

Hop on a quick boat ride to the nearby inhabited island of Aneityum for a little adventure. From there, you'll be given a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and a quick beginner's lesson on how to use it. Enjoy the remainder of your time by SUPing around the lush bay in cool island style.
Insider tip
AUS and VAV are accepted, but notes are not. Make sure you only bring coins.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Beach Boat Sticks
A beach paradise with a wooden boat in Mystery Island

Embrace the Escape

Unlike most of your other stops, this island is unfrequented and small — give yourself permission to slow down. Take a break from the real world and take in the shimmering turquoise ocean with your Mystery Island cruise. Dig your toes into the white powdery sand, and breathe in the warm, tropical air.
Insider tip
If you are interested in local culture, you can take a quick trip to the nearby Aneityum Island.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Grilled Lobster
Grilled lobster on the beach

Local Cuisine

The inhabitants of the nearby Aneityum come to the island to prepare food and entertainment for visitors. They serve traditional Vanuatuan food, which is simple and delicious. Cruise to Mystery Island and tuck in to freshly caught grilled lobster for lunch, and treat yourself to island banana pie for dessert.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Sarongs
Sarongs for sale on the beach

Shopping

Along the beach, you can find small market stalls set up by locals. They sell postcards, sarongs and traditional trinkets. For a more cultural experience, have your hair braided by one of the local women or enjoy a traditional Vanuatu massage on the beach.

Day 6: Port Vila, Vanuatu

Day 6
Port Vila
Vanuatu
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Port Vila, Vanuatu Mele Cascades Waterfalls
Mele cascades waterfalls at Port Vila, Vanuatu
Things to do in
Port Vila
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
In Port Vila, Vanuatu's energetic capital, you'll be greeted by friendly Bislama-speaking locals and street-side markets. Walk around the center of town — you'll see a touch of French influence still remains in the form of bistros and murals. Cruise to Port Vila to explore the hidden waterfalls of the Mele Cascades, tucked away in the Mele village rainforest with plenty of gently sloping hiking trails. Check out Mama's Market, the cultural hub of Vanuatu, where you can sample local bananas or shop for traditional island handicrafts. Or take the 10-minute boat ride out to Pele Island: Here, you'll find picturesque beaches shaded by palm trees overlooking turquoise waters that are prime for snorkeling.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Wooden Tam Tams
Two wooden tam tamsin from tree trunks in Port Vila, Vanuatu

One for the History Books

The history of Port Vila alone is impressive — add that to the story of the entire South Pacific, and you've got the Vanuatu Cultural Center. It houses one of the most extensive collections of South Pacific artifacts on the planet. Outrigger canoes, photos, videos and traditional sand drawing exhibitions await.
Insider tip
Public buses are cheaper than taxis and don't follow a set route. Just tell them where you want to go.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Meele Cascades Waterfalls
Slippery path with guide ropes at Meele Cascades Waterfalls in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Natural Heat Remedy

It gets pretty hot and sticky on a tropical island. Do like the locals do and cool down at the Mele Cascades Waterfall. At 150 feet high, the spray alone is refreshing. A bus ride and a brief walk up the valley gets you to this spectacular feat of nature.
Insider tip
The local language is Bislama. It is loosely based on English and can be deciphered with a little effort.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Hideaway Island
The beautiful tropical Hideaway Island by Port Vila, Vanuatu

Find the Perfect Hideaway

A quick drive and a water taxi trip will bring you to the tiny Hideaway Island. Jump right in and snorkel in crystal clear waters teeming with rainbows of fish. Jump onboard a Port Vila, Vanuatu cruise to swim to the world's only underwater post office, and post a waterproof postcard to your friends back home.
Insider tip
Water taxis are a great way to get a unique view of the town without breaking the bank.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Traditional Fried Pancakes
Traditional Fried Pancakes in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Local Cuisine

For cheap eats, go to Mama's Market, where you can sample taro root pancakes, Vanuatu French fries — delicious flakes of coconut deep fried and salted to perfection —or traditional lap lap, grated yam and banana cooked with coconut cream in an earthen oven. Or dine al fresco along the waterfront: Modern eateries serve up French-inspired takes on local fish and grass-fed beef, which is some of the world's best.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Wooden Tam Tams Totem Process
Woodem Tam-Tams spiritual totems being created in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Shopping

Along Wharf Road in the center of town, you'll see the charming Vanuatu Handicraft Market. Here, local vendors sell authentic Vanuatu wooden carvings, as well as prints and other crafts. If you're looking for something a bit more tailored during your cruise, pop in at the nearby Pandanus shop, which supports local creators.

Day 7: Mare, New Caledonia

Day 7
Mare
New Caledonia
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Mare, New Caledonia, Coastal view
Coastal view of Mare, New Caledonia
Things to do in
Mare
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
As the southernmost Loyalty island, Mare is the first to welcome the sun's golden rays in the morning. Untouched by the outside world, the island holds a wild beauty supported by environmentally sustainable tourism. The landmass itself is formed from layers of coral, and the entire island is honeycombed with secret freshwater lagoons, grottoes and sinkholes. Cruise to Mare and head to Yejele Beach to walk the white sands and wade in the aquamarine waters punctuated by colorful coral. Descend into Trou de Bone, a limestone cave leading to lush gardens and a natural pool. Or check out the Yeiwene Yeiwene Cultural Centre to learn more about the indigenous Kanak culture and see the stone ruins of the Hnaenedr wall, which dates back to 250 AD.
Mare, New Caledonia, Rocky coast
The rocky coast on Mare, New Caledonia

A Legendary Leap

Head to Wakone called to see Le Saut du Guerrier — the Warrior's Leap. According to island legend, warrior Here Hnor was once cornered here by his enemies, and to escape, he made a daring seven-meter leap over to the other side of the cliff. Soak up the history as you stand in the same spot as the warriors of old.
Insider tip
Many of the main sights are unmarked — chat up a local to point them out to you, or hire a guide to take you around.
Mare, New Caledonia, Tropical fish and coral
Tropical fish and coral off the coast of Mare, New Caledonia

Crazy for Coral

At the Shabadran Terraces, layers of coral form an expansive reef under turquoise water and crashing waves. Every so often, water rushes through blowholes, exploding into the air with a rainbow spray. Reach the terraces with a short drive through swaying coconut trees or a two-hour hike.
Insider tip
English isn't widely spoken in Mare, only French, so keep a phrase book handy.
Mare, New Caledonia, Sea turtle in shallow water
A sea turtle swimming in shallow water

Turtle Time

Head to the La Baie des Tortues at high tide to find a wealth of sea turtles milling about, casually munching sea grass as they go. After checking with a local, you can swim with these gentle creatures in their natural habitat during your cruise.
Mare, New Caledonia, Chicken shish kebob
Multiple chicken shish kebobs with a bowl of salad on the side

Local Cuisine

For the best eating on Mare island, head to the casual beach-side huts. Settle down and indulge in a few brochettes — island-style skewers of chicken grilled over a fire. Eager to share the catch of the day, locals will offer you freshly caught lobster and crab platters with a rustic charm.
Mare, New Caledonia, Wooden turtle sculptures
Wooden turtle souvenir sculptures

Shopping

There are a few small market stalls where you can find little handicrafts and keepsakes. Experience Kanak fashion and get your hair braided in a traditional native style by one of the local women. You can use Australian Dollars on the island to pay for any goods you want to buy. Cruise to Mare and bring home a tribal turtle sculpture for good luck.

Day 8: Lifou, Loyalty Islands

Day 8
Lifou
Loyalty Islands
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Lifou, Loyalty Islands, Cliffs of Jokin
View of the water surrounding the Cliffs of Jokin on Lifou Island
Things to do in
Lifou
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The largest of three islands in the diverse Loyalty Island coral archipelago, Lifou is surrounded by secluded coral reefs, limestone grottoes and powdery white beaches. The locals protect their coral reefs with reverence — head to Jinek Bay to find some of the world's most beautiful and untouched coral gardens. Cruise to Lifou and take a dip in the natural pool at Jinek, surrounded by steep cliffs, or go snorkeling with the vast array of tropical fish. Stroll the village of Easo, and visit the Notre Dame de Lourdes church, dating back to 1898 — its cliff-top perch is the perfect spot for views of the coral sea.
Lifou, Loyalty Islands, Reef fish
An assortment of reef fish in the ocean

Rainbow of Fish

Jinek Bay is a marine reserve, a natural swimming pool and a delightful aquarium. In its aquamarine waters, you'll snorkel among 2,000 varieties of fish darting around the pristine coral reef. Each visitor makes a donation that goes towards the upkeep of this natural marvel.
Insider tip
Respect the culture of the island, and always ask before entering a beach, grotto or hut.
Lifou, Loyalty Islands, Easo Beach
A beach at Easo in Lifou, Loyalty Islands

Wander the Water's Edge

Lifou's beaches are long stretches of postcard perfection. Sand as soft as talc powder and oceans as blue as the lapis lazuli will tempt you to stay forever. Luengoni Beach is a prime spot to work on your island tan. If you want to do some exploring, take a special tour of the nearby limestone caves.
Insider tip
Chemicals in sunscreen can harm baby coral, so make sure you wear coral-safe sunscreen.
Lifou, Loyalty Islands, Traditional hut
A traditional hut on a beach on Lifou, Loyalty Islands

Get Cultural

Native culture still thrives in Lifou. The Melanesian people on the island follow a meaningful traditional way of life in harmony with nature. Find out more about their culture by visiting one of the traditional huts — while most are private, a few are marked with signposts that invite visitors to view them, including one on the route to Notre Dame de Lourdes church.
Lifou, Loyalty Islands, Grilled fish in banana leaf
Grilled fish in a banana leaf

Local Cuisine

Try the native dish bougna, a melt-in-your-mouth combination of crab and island yams cooked to perfection in banana leaves during your Lifou cruise. The dish is sometimes served with chicken instead of seafood and often contains sweet fruits like taro or pawpaw. The marketplace is near the port and is the perfect place to grab lunch on the go.
Lifou, Loyalty Islands, Colorful necklaces
An assortment of colorful necklaces for sale

Shopping

At the open-air marketplace, you'll find vendors dressed in traditional island garb selling native creations. The local culture is called Kanak, and they create beautiful tribal masks and jewelry you can take home as a keepsake. While you shop, grab a freshly hulled coconut to stay hydrated island-style.

Day 9: Noumea, New Caledonia

Day 9
Noumea
New Caledonia
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Noumea, New Caledonia Street Beach Views
Views of Noumea's streets and city along the beaches with tikis over the water
Things to do in
Noumea
From 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
A melting pot of ethnicity and culture, sunny Noumea will quickly win you over with its upbeat city vibe. The capital city of New Caledonia offers some of the best weather in the South Pacific. Noumea's cultural pride shines through in its museums, theaters and art galleries — check out the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre to explore the traditional Kanak culture. Head to the top of the Noumea Cathedral for views of the island, dotted with palms, hibiscuses and coconut trees. Hop a ferry out to Amedee Island to see its lighthouse and swim with sea turtles. Cruise to Noumea and relax on the picturesque beach at lemon tree-lined Baie des Citrons, or go snorkeling in Anse Vata Bay.
Noumea, New Caledonia Kiteboarding
Kiteboarding over the beach in Noumea, New Caledonia

Wet and Wild

Noumea has every water sport imaginable. Head on over to the Bay of Anse Vata to speed across the water with a kitesurfing lesson. From Anse Vata Beach, catch a water taxi to Duck Island ("Ile aux Canards") and snorkel in the majestic underwater world.
Insider tip
Taxis will only come to the port if ordered by phone, so plan in advance.
Noumea, New Caledonia Grey Kagu Birds
The face of a grey kagu bird from New Caledonia

Walk With Nature

Stretch your land legs and take a tour around the Michel Corbasson Zoological and Forest Park. Full of lush greenery and unique species of fauna native to New Caledonia, the park lets you catch glimpses of giant geckos, flying foxes and exotic birds, including New Caledonia's national bird, the kagu.
Insider tip
The easiest way to get around the city is on foot — take a tour or hop on a bus if you're planning to go further afield.
Noumea, New Caledonia Statue Musem
Old Caledonian statue on the cultural center of Tjibaou in Noumea

Kanak Culture Lesson

Although New Caledonians speak French, their native culture is called Kanak. The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre is a spectacular feat of architecture that celebrates Kanak culture and educates visitors on its core beliefs. Check out traditional Kanak totems and artifacts, as well as recreated traditional huts.
Insider tip
Most shops close between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for a leisurely lunch.
Noumea, New Caledonia Escargots
Escargots de Bourgogne, snails with herbs butter in Noumea, New Caledonia

Local Cuisine

Discover the abundance of French-influenced food found on Noumea. Head to Baie de Citrons to find the best restaurants, bistros and bars. Cruise to Noumea and sample French classics like slow-cooked lamb shanks and escargots, or experience island-inspired twists on Old World cuisine, like choucroute (a filling platter-style meal typical in Alsace) with sweet potato, cabbage, papaya and pumpkin. And look out for the bakeries — they stock bread worthy of a Parisian cafe.
Noumea, New Caledonia French Wines
Hard to find French wines found in Noumea, New Caledonia

Shopping

There are two main shopping attractions in Noumea: grocery stores and open-air markets. Head to the Casino (a grocery store) and indulge in the array of French goodies — pick up some hard-to-find French wine to take home. At the market, you'll find local spices, including regionally produced vanilla, alongside Kanak artifacts. For souvenirs, browse the market for Melanesian masks or tribal turtle sculptures.

Day 10 - 11: Cruising

Day 10 - 11
Cruising
At Sea
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Johnny Rockets Hamburgers
Hamburgers on the Boardwalk
FOR FOODIES
Giovannis Table Creamy Lasagna
Hot Lasagna

Giovanni's Table

A casual Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including fresh pastas, braised meat dishes and stews.
Johnny Rockets Burgers and Hot Dogs
Delicious Burger and Hot Dogs with a Soda Pop

Johnny Rockets®

With a family-friendly uncomplicated menu that offers all-American good eats and is reminiscent of simpler days, you’ll feel like you stepped back in time to an era of sock hops, soda fountains and drive-in theaters.

Day 12: Sydney, Australia

Day 12
Sydney
Australia
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Sydney, Australia, Aerial View
Aerial view of Double Bay in Sydney, Australia
Things to do in
Sydney
Arrives at 6:30 AM
You won't have any trouble filling up an itinerary in Sydney — there's a wealth of sights, sounds and activities here to delight adventurers of all stripes. Visit one or all of the city's three iconic landmarks: the Sydney Opera House, the massive arched Harbour Bridge and white-sanded, crescent-shaped Bondi Beach. Get your culture on at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, with works from ancient tribal Australia to medieval Europe to modern times. Cruise to Sydney and check out the North Head Cliffs at Manly Beach, which offer panoramic views of the bay and the skyline, or go snorkeling along the underwater nature trail at secluded Gordon's Bay to spot starfish and sea urchins.
Sydney, Australia, Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia

Go in Circles

Circular Quay is the perfect place to start exploring Sydney. You can find the Opera House here, and Harbour Bridge is within walking distance. Stride into one of the many walking and pub tours that leave from here. Just 20 minutes away, you can stretch your legs on the iconic Harbour Bridge walk, the first of its kind in the world.
Insider tip
There are a surprising number of interesting museums in Sydney, including the Maritime Museum, which explores the seafaring history of the city.
Sydney, Australia, Manly beach
People enjoying Manly beach in Sydney, Australia

Get Manly

Bondi Beach gets all the attention, but Manly Beach in the Northern Beaches is a bit more local. The Corso is lined with shops and restaurants, including local favorite, Hugo's. If surfing is your thing, this is the place to be. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a fantastic way to soak in the city's coastline.
Sydney, Australia, The Gap at Watsons Bay
The Gap at Watsons Bay in Sydney, Australia

Walk Watsons

Hop on the ferry or one of the regular buses that go to Watsons Bay to enjoy the scenic hike around South Head. During your journey, you'll enjoy views of Sydney Harbour, North Head, the historic Hornby Lighthouse and, of course, the sapphire-blue Pacific Ocean. The Gap offers breathtaking views of the sea from the rocky cliffside.
Sydney, Australia, Fresh Rock oysters
A plate of fresh Sydney rock oysters

Local Cuisine

With all the water surrounding you, it's no surprise seafood takes center stage on many plates in the city. Head to Sydney Fish Market for giant Sydney Rock oysters or classic fish and ships. Stop into a local pie shop for a traditional Australian meat pie, or explore Sydney's international side with udon or ramen noodles at a Japanese noodle bar, or seek out shrimp dumplings in Chinatown.
Sydney, Australia, Opal ring
An opal ring displayed on a stone

Shopping

There are plenty of shopping malls in the heart of the city, including Westfield Mall, Pitt Street Mall and the wonderful Queen Victoria Building, which is now a shopping mall featuring top designers. Seek out cutting boards made from local camphor laurel — they're not only beautiful but also have natural antimicrobial properties. During your Sydney cruise vacation, look for jewelry made from opal, the national gemstone of Australia.

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