If you haven't made up your mind about what to do in Noumea for a few hours during your next cruise stopover, just head straight for Fernando and his team.
After you enter the terminal from your ship, turn hard right and head direct to the independent tour operators outside, under their white marquees. Here you will find the best advice from locals who are really passionate about their country. They can plan a sightseeing tour, or just take you to the spectacular beaches on the biggest protected lagoon in the world. And they will get you back to your cruise ship in plenty of time - guaranteed.
You'll get a lot more for your money than you bargained for. Fernando and his team are full of surprises. They will entertain you and share their stories about New Caledonia and its customs and cultures in a way that few others can.
Avoid the hustle and bustle of the terminal by pre-booking short or long tours with Fernando Tourisme – please check out the great tours here.
The photo shows the iirrepressible 'Mr Tourism' of New Caledonia, Fernando, at his City Terminal 'office' just outside the shipping terminal in Noumea, with a cruise ship in the background.
The Office of Tourism of the Great South of New Caledonia has just released a new video that highlights the attractions, the people, the food and the events of the historic and picturesque Great South Province.
Tours to this stunning landscape and historic villages are a speciality of Tourisme Fernando, and he is a great supporter of efforts to introduce more visitors to this part of the country.
Fernando's tours to this area take a full day and are best suited for longer term hotel and guest-house visitors.
(Look for Fernando himself at the end of the video)
New Caledonia is an idyllic French outpost, less than two hours flying time from Brisbane Queensland, on the Tropic of Capricorn, blessing it with sub-tropical temperatures almost all year round.
The real attraction of New Caledonia is its relaxed way of life, the biggest protected lagoon on the planet, the second biggest coral reef in the world, and the delightful mix of French and Melanesian cultures that combine to deliver a unique experience of fun, food and tradition.
But more than that, New Caledonia played a strategic defense role in both world wars and was the support base and key location for American and Allied troops during the Pacific war. The WWII museum is a must visit. Read the full story.
Team Fernando members speak French, English and Japanese, a real bonus in a very French country – and that is a big part of its appeal.
Fernando Tourisme is easy to find...just look for the distinctive minibus or his booth right outside the City Terminal.
If you are holidaying in New Caledonia, you will enjoy exploring the countryside on exciting exclusive day trips with Team Fernando. And if all you need is a transfer to airports or hotels, Fernando Tourisme can handle that too – you'll find that information at the foot of the Tours page.
Click on the Tour page on this website to discover a range of new and exciting tours into parts of the countryside within easy reach of Noumea.