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Mythical Kanak Culture

Drive to the Kanak Cultural Center passing the beautiful bays of Nouméa en route—Lemon Bay, Anse Vata Beach and the Promenade Vernier. The Cultural Center, designed by Renzo Piano, is a harmonious alliance of traditional and modern indigenous New Caledonian (Kanak) architecture. The highlight of your outing is a 45-minute, very easy walk with your guide along the Kanak Pathway. With tales of Kanak myths and folklore, your guide will capture your imagination as you walk the shaded, flora-lined trail leading to the three imposing, faithfully reconstructed, traditional Melanesian huts from three different regions. Back within the main air-conditioned center, view the various exhibition huts housing precious ritual masks and costumes, totem poles and sculptures—all of exceptional standard.
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2 out of 3(67%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Mythical Kanak Culture
Review 1 for Mythical Kanak Culture
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Mythical Kanak Culture

Date:February 20, 2015
JoeA
Location:Indiana
Cruise Date Year:2015
Cruise Date Month:January
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
In my opinion there is relatively little to do in this port of call. Many cruisers use this as a day at the beach. However, the HAL Pacific Treasure Cruise offers that opportunity in several other ports -- notably Mystery Island, and Ile des Pins. This is why we chose this particular excursion. This particular excursion is as advertised and provided a good introduction into the Kanak Culture with full size reproductions of important native buildings, multiple examples of contemporary native art, and a very interesting museum from both an architectural and exhibit side. Our guide was well organized and informative providing us with general information and accounts of Kanak culture, myths, etc. In summary, this is a worthwhile way to spend a day in Noumea although not a truly exceptional experience.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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Review 2 for Mythical Kanak Culture
Overall Rating
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Very disorganized tour

Date:January 10, 2015
Dangles
Location:Australia
Cruise Date Year:2014
Cruise Date Month:December
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Enjoyed it?
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Value
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Upon boarding our bus we were told of a power outage at the Cultural Centre but we could still go and were lucky that no one else wold be there. As a bonus we would do a tour of the Museum in Noumea. The 40 minute allowed for the tour was crazy as we spent 35 minutes looking at about 1/4 of the exhibition and were then hurried off to catch the bus. When we arrived at the Centre the gates were shut and it was obvious that we weren't expected. Lo and behold once inside there was another tour already in there! Hmmm "lucky that no one else would be there" we were told. All of the huts were locked, none of the exhibition rooms were open so we spent an hour wandering aimlessly around the gardens.
We were really looking forward to this tour and felt badly let down.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
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Review 3 for Mythical Kanak Culture
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Knowledgeable Guide

Date:November 14, 2013
Maggie42
Location:Tampa
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:October
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
We enjoyed this walk through the Kanak Cultural Center and Gardens. Our guide was very knowledgeable about Kanak culture and able to share this knowledge with us. The design of the center is beautiful and full of meaning to the Kanak people. The photos I took are among my most interesting from the trip. I gave the excursion 4 stars because it wasn't over-the-top great, but very good.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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7out of 7found this review helpful.