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Grand Terre — an island of UNESCO World Heritage lagoons, lakes and waterfalls, concealed in a dense mountain range — is the principal island in New Caledonia. This MSC World Cruise destination is home to Nouméa, the culturally vibrant capital. Known for its azure waters, fabulous bistros, tranquil beaches, and shady garden squares, this South Pacific jewel is a gateway to other islands and a vast array of tours.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• Tjibaou Cultural Centre
• Amédée Island Marine Reserve and Lighthouse
• Zodiac Ride and Catamaran Tours to Marine Reserves
The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, designed by esteemed Italian architect Renzo Piano, fuses the traditional and modern architectural styles of New Caledonia. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll learn about local customs and heritage, before enjoying a 30-minute traditional Kanak dance show. Admire replicas of Melanesian huts from three different regions before browsing a superb collection of ritual masks, totems, and sculptures. Finally, discover beautiful Lemon Bay, Anse Vata Beach, and the Promenade Vernier as you make you way back to the harbour.
Venture to petite Amédée Island on an MSC Cruises excursion, a spectacular marine sanctuary close to Grande Terre. Experience a gorgeous white beach and an extraordinary coral reef from the comfort of a see-through boat! Next, admire an iron-built French lighthouse, built in 1865, which overlooks the island. Then, indulge in the culture of the South Pacific by savouring a tropical buffet, watching a dance show, and learning how to tie a sarong!
Take an MSC Cruises excursion on an elegant catamaran to the banks of Master Island. As you wander along the palm-fringed shoreline, you’ll listen to a guide reveal secrets about its fascinating ecosystem and numerous pristine environments. Afterwards, enjoy a swim in the azure waters of the turquoise lagoon – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or stay on shore to stroll the beach and soak up the glorious sunshine.