Cruising New Caledonia and Vanuatu

Published May 9th, 2012

Dreaming of a tropical cruise? Tara Ham of Student Flights lived out the dream when she cruises around Noumea, Lifou and Port Vila in Melanesia. He she shares her stories and makes us incredibly jealous. 


The day our cruise was set to depart was a beautiful sunny day in Brisbane. We excitedly boarded P&O’s Pacific Dawn and set sail along the Brisbane River, under the Gateway Bridge and out of the Port of Brisbane with the "Sail Away" party in full swing.


Noumea, New Caledonia

After being at sea for two days, we arrived into Noumea, New Caledonia. Some people had booked a day tour, but we decided to do some exploring in the evening. We visited one of the most popular bays and hunted around for some French food. We returned to the ship later that evening and sailed away for our next destination, Lifou in New Caledonia.


The crystal clear water at Noumea


Lifou, New Caledonia

The next morning when we woke we had moored offshore from Lifou and had perfect crystal clear water awaiting us. From the ship we were then ferried to the island and joined a day tour called "Cliffs of Jokin" where we drove in a mini bus past the local huts and homes. We also stopped to walk through the forest to see where the vanilla plants are grown before heading on to our destination, the Cliffs of Jokin. Once there, we were met by locals who had woven hats for us out of leaves. We then walked down over 200 steps to reach the Cliffs of Jokin where we found magnificent, crystal clear water. There were a few people snorkelling around and I can safely say that I have never seen water that has looked more inviting.


Port Vila, Vanuatu

The next day we docked in Port Vila in Vanuatu. The first thing that we noticed was the humidity, it was a beautiful day but the heat was stifling. That day a group of us had booked a morning horse riding tour so we were whisked away to meet our horses for a morning ride.


The rest of my group had booked more tours for the afternoon but I decided to do some exploring by myself. I jumped into a taxi and went into the town where I did some duty free shopping followed by a blissful afternoon of swimming and snorkelling at Ramada Breakas Resort.


That afternoon we all met back on-board and shared the stories of our adventures with each other. I didn't want my cruising holiday with P&O to end. It was a fantastic and that I highly recommend it.


Interested in taking a cruise to the islands of New Caledonia and Vanuatu? Contact Tara Ham, an International Travel Consultant with Student Flights based in Upper Mount Gravatt, Queensland who can be reached at 1300 838 926 or by email.


Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.