Exploring New Caledonia’s Waters | A Sailing Guide

16/04/2020

New Caledonia is a French territory that comprises dozens of small islands in the South Pacific. New Caledonia’s clear blue waters and crisp fresh air has made it an incredibly popular destination for tourists and sailors alike. Cruising through New Caledonia is truly an experience not to be missed with family, friends and loved ones. In today’s article, we have a look at a sailing guide to New Caledonia’s waters, so read on to find out more!

Get Your Hands on The Stopover Handbook

Once you have hired your yacht charter in New Caledonia, the first resource you should get your hands on is The Stopover Handbook of New Caledonia. This is a book that will provide you with a wealth of knowledge and information that is perfect for those who are looking to enjoy a spot of sailing over the iconic lagoon of New Caledonia. The Stopover Handbook will tune you into some of the most unmissable sights that are scattered across the Archipelago, from various diving spots to marine reserves and untouched islands. 

Don’t Miss The Isle of Pines

The Isle of Pines is an absolute must-see in New Caledonia. No sailor is done with their voyage until they have made a pit stop at the Isle of Pines. The Isle of Pines is a designated control area where experts from all around the world study marine life. From July – September each year, this stretch of water is used by whales as they migrate to the North. Whilst there aren’t many activities to do on the Isle of Pines, it is the perfect sailing spot for anyone who is looking to simply embrace the natural splendour of deserted beaches, marine life and clear blue waters. 

The Natural Reserve of Nokanhui 

The natural reserve of Nokanhui is another top destination in New Caledonia that sailors should have on their bucket list. With one of a kind ivory sand that is so blinding that you have to look at it through sunglasses to the bluest waters you have ever seen, Nokanhui offers other-worldly beauty that you will see nowhere else in the world. Once you are done taking in the sights and sounds of Nokanhui, you can cruise to nearby Moro Islet for a delicious lunch of local delights such as fresh lobster, fish and yams. 

The New Caledonia Barrier Reef

Get ready for a kaleidoscope of colours in the coral islands of the southern lagoon in New Caledonia. The New Caledonia Barrier Reef is the longest continuous barrier reef in the world and home to an abundance of sea life and colourful coral that serve as effective footholds for seeds, drifting sand and the general flotsam of tides. Scuba divers can spend hours swimming through the several dive sites in the lagoon and be treated to a sky full of singing birds at dusk. Paradise on Earth! 

Enjoy a Meal at Port Moselle

No sailing adventure is complete without a quick stop off at Port Moselle. Located in the centre of town, Port Moselle offers visitors clean toilets and showers, along with a bounty of fresh produce and seafood at its local supermarkets. Dock your boat and stock up on cheese, cold cuts, desserts, wine and other treats for your tastebuds. Do remember that you have to bring your own bags as supermarkets and stores do not offer single-use plastic. On your way out, don’t forget to grab a drink or cocktail at the bar located at the end of the visitor’s wharf.

Enjoy A Spot of Whale Watching

Last but certainly by no means least, if you happen to find yourself sailing in New Caledonia during the winter months, you can be sure that you’ll be able to enjoy a spot of whale watching. Winter is the time when you’ll be able to spot humpback whale calves learning the ways of the ocean whilst their mother watches closely. Whale watching is a once in a lifetime experience made even better by the majestic beauty of New Caledonia. During the earlier months of winter, whale calves stay closer to the shore before they venture out further as they grow. Bring your camera along because whale watching is truly a sight to behold. 


New Caledonia is one of the most majestic places in the world, and one of the top destinations for sailors all around the world. We hope that this guide to exploring New Caledonia’s waters has given you insight into some of the top destinations that you should add to your list for your next sailing adventure. 


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