The Isle of Pines, Noumea
18.12.2010 - 27.12.2010 28 °C
Well, we made it to our first port – the Isle of Pines, Noumea.
Not an early morning by any standard for us – there wasn’t much point rushing to be in a queue with a couple of thousand people trying to get on 4 small boats to get ashore!! We took our time, went to breakfast and gathered our belongings for a smaller queue and onto the island by 9.30am – I did a bit of snorkelling with the boys whilst Glenn walked around with the big camera taking some ‘top shots’ (I hope). The boys and I tested out the new waterproof camera – it doesn’t do to bad – only problem was that any decent coral was too far out for me to be taking Jakob on my own.
After our swim we wandered around for a bit when Jakob found a couple of coconuts and proceeded to carry them everywhere – he had big plans of breaking them open to get to the juice and pulp; too bad they weren’t any good and he had no hope of breaking into them…
After wandering up and down the beach we soon realised that there wasn’t much to be seen unless you got a taxi or bus to the village. The boys didn’t seem interested and I wasn’t fussed either way, so I bought them back on board for lunch and shipboard fun. This left Glenn to explore and he caught a bus up into the village for some more photo opportunities till he ran out of space on his CF card (note: I did NOT pack the camera gear – otherwise this would not have happened!!).
So my peaceful afternoon by the pool uploading photos and blog entries was disturbed due to an early return to the ship by Glenn! What’s more, I had to buy him a drink when he got back too!!
After leaving Isle of Pines everything went back to normal….. Jakob kids club, Lachlan roaming the ship and Glenn and I relaxing – I even managed an afternoon nanny nap!!
Lachlan joined us for dinner tonight, he seemed to enjoy it but was very quick to escape once desert had left his plate. So back to our room via kids club picking up a very “pirate” looking Jakob! He was amazed at the ‘rabbit’ towel awaiting us in our room. It took some effort to get all the makeup off of him and off to bed (still black around the eye from the tough makeup tho).
That’s it for today’s update.
Till tomorrow – Mystery Island (Vanuatu). Bye for now
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