Why arrive in a port so late in the day? SUn Princess arrived at 3pm.
No-one we spoke to liked Noumea, especially those who had been before. Maybe with a full day people would be able to get out of what was a pretty ordinary town. We took a three hour tour with Noumea Shore Tours Gateway Tours for 3000 Pacific Francs each.
We visited a couple of look outs, a patisserie and a cafe renowned for its milk shakes. At the end of our tour Alfred dropped us off at the restaurant that Genny had booked for my birthday dinner -- Le Miretti Gascon. The food was wonderful and the staff were great and all spoke English.
Alfred then came back and picked us up and returned us right to the ship. Alfred was very entertaining, the van was very comfortable and even if the tour wasn't that great, the service provided was worth every franc.