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Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

We arrived on Carnival Spirit and having visited Noumea 7 times before I really wanted a great memorable day.

I pre planned out trip to Escapade Island with Alfred via Facebook (Alfred Genevieve Nauka) from Gateaway Tours. I had heard a lot of positives of both Alfred and the tour so we wanted to try it out. We emailed, pre paid an AUD deposit (direct debit) and paid the rest in cash XPF on the day.

Alfred met us where he said he would, we waited sufficient time for stragglers then we loaded up for our local tour, info along the way as we headed to the cannons look out for some great views and photos.

Then down to Port Mosselle for a quick visit to the markets (they take AUD) whilst waiting for our transfer to Escapade. A 20 minute or so trip out in a comfortable ferry / transfer (fully enclosed from any weather).

Arrived and explored, such a lovely little island that just looks beautiful looking back towards Noumea and walking out over the walkways. We jumped in soon after and snorkelled around, relatively empty waters do was quite peaceful. Alfred walked along the walkway and pointed out where the turtles were so that was good so we made a b line straight to them. We spent around 2 hours following turtles (never too close) doing their thing, swimming, chilling, feeding and when they had enough they would just take off. We saw around 5 turtles but the other side if the island had more in shallower water, just a lot windier on that side.

Enjoyed a lovely buffet lunch which had a great selection of sea good, fresh fish, lots of different shellfish plus other selections and some really yummy desserts (we had a few). In the afternoon we chilled by the pool enjoying the view while the kids happily played in the resort pool.

It was a very enjoyable day and a great memory from Nounea. My teen even said his life was now complete after snorkelling with turtles. We would all definitely do this again.

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank Flubbernugget
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Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

Fantastic tour. Alfred and Gen very easy to communicate with. They picked us up from the Cruise Passenger terminal gave us a tour of Noumea, a visit to the morning markets then a quick boat ride out to Escapade island where we swam and snorkelled with wild sea turtles and had a fabulous seafood buffet lunch at the islands resort. They had us back ready to our cruise ship on time with no fuss. Will definitely book with them again next time I’m in Noumea. Perfect tour for all ages

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Nicole G
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Reviewed September 15, 2018

We booked Gateway Tours for airport to hotel transfers on our recent holiday in Noumea. The booking process was very easy and Genevieve was quick to reply with details and confirmation.

After arriving at the airport, we were greeted by Alfred who was very friendly and welcoming. Our family of 4 also traveled with another family of 4 and there was no waiting around. It cost 5,000 francs for 2 adults, and our 2 children (under 5yo) were free.

The shuttle bus was very comfortable, modern and clean. Alfred spoke perfect English and provided information on Noumea along the way. The whole experience was easy and trouble free.

We decided to use the same service for our transfers back to the airport too. Alfred arrived at the exact time specified, and this transfer was also great.

I would definitely book Gateway Tours for airport transfers again, and highly recommend their service.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Mark P
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Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

Words will fail to fully describe how much we enjoyed our tour with Alfred. From first getting into the bus, to saying goodbye there was not a single thing we could fault - Alfred even went out of his way to recoup our bottled water we had paid for and not received from a local cafe we visited prior to boarding the boat out to the Island! What a legend!
The friendly tour prior to heading out to Escapade was really delightful, but the magnificent island was the real highlight! What a spectacular place, made better by our daughter getting to snorkel for the very first time and managed swim with some turtles!
A remarkable day to remember! Thank you Alfred.

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Sue P
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Reviewed June 17, 2018

we visited in june this year
six of our group of 8 had never been to noumea before
Alfred was awesome as usual....its been a two years since I was last here
as ouf ship docked late in the afternoon we couldnt do Escapade Island
Instead alfred and genie arranged a combination of their city and country tour
Alfred offered everyone free wifi from his bus which was great and the younger ones were estatic
plenty of time was spent for photos at the lookout with the cannons
then off to the patisserie shop where Alfred shouted some freshly baked baguettes
all we needed was butter and vegemite lol
then offf through the traffic to the local milk shake shop
next we stopped at mcdonalds so some could try the local version
My friends were all vey impressed with Alfred,s friendly and funny nature
Talked about the time with him for ages once back on ship
next time hopefully we will get to escapade again...its brilliant
thanks to alfred and genie for taking us to places Ive not been to when at noumea in the past
this was the 5th time I have booked tours with Alfred and Genie
well done again guys
hope you enjoyed the jelly beans too lol

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Pat A
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