Located 1,500 km east of Australia, on the other side of the world, you will have to take a long plane trip before being able to set foot on Kanak soil in New Caledonia.
But what a reward! Rent your boat in Noumea and sail in the most beautiful lagoons of the world.
In the heart of the Pacific Ocean, there are not enough superlatives to describe this little piece of France: breathtaking beauty, a mosaic of blue and turquoise in the largest lagoon in the world. the luxuriant vegetation.
If, during colonial times the destination was where prisoners were sent, today it is a great pleasure to see its atmosphere of paradise restored. Renting a yacht or a catamaran is still the best way to discover its islands, its beaches lined with mangroves and its lagoons.
It is also a country with a multitude of cultures and a very ancient history: Melanesian, French, Asian and Polynesian populations share this archipelago. The Kanak (Melanesian) culture is the strongest: Its traditions are still very much part of daily life: clothes, cuisine, customs, and more. Do not be surprised if each person you meet waves at you. It is a custom in New Caledonia. Get used to doing the same so that you can blend into the crowd!
Grande Terre, the main island, is 400 km long and 50 km wide. It is on this island, with a varied range of landscapes that the vast majority of the population lives.
On its western coast, called leeward, you will find lush plains. This is the region of the Stockmen, the Caledonian cowboys and their extensive cattle farms. An air of the Far West reigns over these hills. It is on this coast that you will be able to admire the Cœur de Voh, the island with a mangrove in the shape of a heart immortalised by the photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
As you sail along this coast, you will discover the reef: a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lagoons in New Caledonia, a paradise for divers.
On the east coast, you will find a chain of mountains that rises to 1,629 metres. Sheer mountains, cliffs that drop into the ocean and a luxuriant natural environment are the specific features of this region.
Finally, the south coast is characterised by its dense vegetation that grows on the red earth hills. Colours that create a magnificent contrast with the lagoon. Before your cruise, you will be able to visit the region along the many hiking and mountain biking trails And, of course, you will also be able to discover the seabed and the curiosities of the Aiguille de Prony.
It is on this coast that you will find Noumea, the capital, from where you will be able to set sail for your cruise. This town stretches along the bays offering white sand beaches and magnificent viewpoints. There is no shortage of things to do there and you will find everything you need for your cruise: sarong, swimming costume, flippers, mask and snorkel! A pair of walking boots may also be useful if you want to explore the islands.
Once you are on the boat, the route is entirely natural: the Isle of Pines, the jewel of New Caledonia, and the "island closest to paradise"! On the crystal-clear waters that line it, you will meet Kuniés, the island's inhabitants on their outriggers. Cast anchor in the bay of Kuto or Kanumera, alongside the white sand beaches. Do not hesitate to make your way to Oro bay and dive into its natural pool: an aquarium accessible via the river of sand: an experience that you will never forget!
Ouvéa is, without a doubt, the other island not to be missed. This atoll owes its reputation to its superb beach that is almost 25 km long. On this island, you will be able to admire the Hanawa Blue Hole and Turtle Hole, natural curiosities where you will have to resist the desire to dive in if you want to avoid getting stuck!
For your boat rental, we recommend that you opt for a catamaran. It will allow you to get closer to the beaches and you can take full advantage of the exterior spaces. The best time to visit is between April and October, but the exceptional climate of New Caledonia means that sailing can be enjoyed all the year round.
There are many treasures to be discovered from your boat. Plan at least two weeks there to get the most out of the trip. We can help you to organise your rental and your itinerary. Please contact us for further information.
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