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Hop On Hop Off bus is a good way to see Noumea

Like many tourist destinations Noumea offers a dedicated hop on hop off bus service at a modest price to encourage visitors to see as many of their attractions as possible. In Noumea it is called the Explorer Bus and costs 1000 Central Pacific Francs (XPF) which is about NZ $15 for a whole day’s travel. There are ten stops on the route and with the normal bus charging a uniform XPF 210 per journey, the Explorer is reasonable value. Its best feature is that it goes to the zoo, which is not on any bus route, and also to the TJibaou Centre which is otherwise hard to reach. My wife and I had already been to the several of the ten destinations, Anse Vata beach, the Baie des Citrons, the town square and the supermarket, so we crossed those places off our list. Picked up at our hotel, our first stop is at the Aquarium. It’s not a large place but I learn that coral is classed as ‘animal’ in the three way classification of animal, mineral or vegetable. Coral
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