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Reviewed April 14, 2018

We booked two tours with Gateaway Tours Noumea, one to the North of the island (Bourail) and the other to the Deep South, plus airport transfers and we were extremely happy we did! These tours are a must to do in Noumea, and I would recommend them to anyone whether they're coming on an extended stay or just for a day on a cruise.

Alfred was extremely friendly and helpful as well as knowledgable when showing us around the island. On both tours he showed us a variety of tourist sites, from military forts, to mines to great swimming places. He even gave us tips on where the best snorkelling spots were to find turtles on an island we were visiting on the following day.

The tours were thoroughly enjoyable and were a great way of seeing the diverse environments of New Caledonia. Alfred made the tours extremely fun, and knew many great lookout points to take pictures. He took us to a variety of places, telling us the history of them all and answering any questions we had. We loved the time we spent on these tours, and suggest you do both the north tour and south tour as they are very different scenery and activities but both equally as enjoyable. Whilst the North tour allows you to learn about the Kanak people and the history of the colonisation of Noumea, the South tour focuses on gorgeous scenery not seen anywhere else in New Caledonia, and Alfred takes you to a river and waterfall which was extremely fun to swim in and spend a few hours at.

Alfred went above and beyond to ensure we had a good time. Answering any questions we had whether that be about the nature in New Caledonia or about his life in Noumea. Alfred even went as far as offering everyone in the Van wifi, if they wished to use it.

A clear highlight of our two days was the lunch that Alfred made. You must try his venison kebabs, they were absolutely delicious. If you book with Gateaway Tours request this lunch be included and I promise, you will not regret it. As well as the venison, there was chicken which was also delicious, and a variety of salads and cheeses as well as baguettes. He also offered wines, and juices to complete this lunch as well as local beers.

Alfred was always reliable and punctual, when picking and dropping us off from both the tours and at the airport. We were so glad we booked with this company, as he was friendly, funny and helpful.

Overall I highly recommend booking at least one tour with Gateaway tours, they went above and beyond our expectations to provide amazing tours with many memories we all will have for many years to come. We stayed in Noumea for 10 days and the 2 days spent with Alfred were certainly one of the highlights of our trip.

Thanks Alfred! We will definitely use you again if we return to Noumea one day!

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank Natalie B
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Reviewed April 7, 2018

Thoroughy enjoyed Alfred & Genevieves tour to Escapade Island....Alfred was so funny & entertained us all the way. We did a short tour of the city & then jumped aboard a ferry to Escapade....there we had a wonderful seafood luncheon followed by snorkelling & swimming. A lovely day out & certainly a lot cheaper than the ships tours. Thankyou Alfred for a great day!

Date of experience: April 2018
5  Thank Gertie51
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Reviewed April 6, 2018

We have been on many cruises over the years with most stopping at Noumea for the day. This time we opted to do the Escapade Island Tour with 4 other friends and WOW, it truly was the perfect day and best day we have ever spent in Noumea by far. Alfred is such a happy and wonderful guide. We laughed so much and spent a great day first touring the city before boating to the island. The facilities were fabulous - lovely pool, safe snorkelling and we loved snorkelling with the turtles. Lunch was AMAZING! He even organised for us to see inside one of the over water bungalows at the resort so we can recommend our friends to stay there and hopefully return ourselves for longer than a day. We were celebrating two birthdays that day which made it all the more amazing. The personal touch on this tour created memories that will last a lifetime. All 6 of us would highly recommend this fantastic value for money tour. Thanks guys, Love Donna, Chris, Glenys, Gavin, Sil & Paul x

Date of experience: March 2018
5  Thank deejaypep90
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

We were a group of 13 all different ages. We couldn't fault the tour. Food was Excellent Alfred was a great tour guide. Swam with lots of turtles can highly recommend for everyone!

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank meijer7
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Reviewed March 16, 2018

This was our second trip with Alfred my daughter had been a few years ago and for both of us a must do trip when in Noumea. Much better value than any trips from the cruise and Alfred has never missed a departure.
We were the only ship in port.
We got the shuttle bus from our ship to the tourist information centre.
Alfred (our tour guide) met us at the otherside of theTourist Information Centre walk through to the shade cloths at the back, have a look at the shops in the information centre as you walk through.
Alfred has a big cheeky smile and lots of stories to tell.
You will need local currency for the Island if you want drinks (you get water with lunch), the money exchange near the information centre is only open on cruise days you can also visit the supermarket nearby.
A comfortable air conditioned bus took us on a guided tour of Noumea city highlights then to the ferry wharf you can leave your bags in the ferry office and have a walk around the morning market whilst waiting for the ferry.
A large ferry to paradise, Escapade Island (took approx 20 minutes), we returned on the 3pm ferry, had to hold the ferry for a few minutes for my daughter to run down the long peir to the resort and back to retrieve her sandals.
You can grab a spot by the pool or in the resort area, try the water activites, snorkle with amazing fish and turtles (need own equipment) or walk around the island and watch the kite surfers on the otherside of the Island. It takes a couple of minutes to walk to the other beach and we saw turles swimming around near the beach on that side too. We had a snorkle going under the rooms over the water it was so clear.
A highlight seeing turtles and watching a sea hawk swoop down and catch a large fish for its lunch, the sea hawks were in the trees near the pool. Work up an appetite for an amazing buffet lunch, seafood, freshly cooked steaks, salads, cheese, hot dishes and a to die for pastry selection.
A lazy float in the pools or around the pier and a lie down on the couch to recover.
We had an amazing time, again the highlight of our cruise!
Lovely to see you again Alfred thank you for another really memorable day! Big hug
The bus took us to our ship in the docks no extra shuttle bus to catch.

Date of experience: February 2018
5  Thank Butty63
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