Happy New Year's Eve from Noumea!
Noumea is the capital of New Caledonia. It has the world's largest lagoon and the second longest barrier reef. Besides snorkeling, scuba diving and windsurfing, one can travel to Mount Koghis to enjoy the rain forest and zip-lining.
Captain James Cook chose the name New Caledonia following the discovery of the region in 1774 because the mountains where he anchored reminded him of his travels through Scotland.
As the ship sailed into Noumea, one knew that this island was different due to the landscape of tall buildings and industry.
While visiting the city, it became apparent that it is described as the "Paris of the Coral Sea" by the culture and French population.
After exploring Lemon Bay and Anse Vata, we headed back to the ship to prepare for the New Year's Eve festivities.
The evening ended on the South Pacific Ocean and welcoming in a new year! Happy 2017!