When you close your eyes and think of the South Seas, you’ll likely imagine turquoise blue waters, white beaches and palm trees swaying gently in the breeze. This place in your dreams really exists – and it’s called New Caledonia. It isn’t located in the Scottish Highlands, but rather in the heart of the South Pacific and is a gorgeous location for yacht charter.
New Caledonia was given its name by the man who discovered it. James Cook was the first person to arrive on the island in 1774. As the rugged coastline reminded him of Scotland, the name for this newly discovered island was quickly found.
Today, New Caledonia is a self-governed part of France. It is protected by a 1,600 km-long reef which creates the largest lagoon in the world. Stretching over 24,000 square kilometres, it is one of the most remarkable and beautiful sailing regions in the world. Caressed by the trade winds, the climate is pleasant and not too hot.
In New Caledonia you’ll find a mix of French, Malaysian, Polynesian and Asian customs and traditions that creates an exciting yet relaxed lifestyle.
Your yacht charter trip begins in New Caledonia’s capital, Nouméa. In this charming harbour city with its bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs, the French flair is unmistakable. Treat yourself to an evening in Nouméa and enjoy excellent French cuisine along with the finest wine!
Off the shore of Nouméa are many small islands and most of them are uninhabited. You can begin your tour of New Caledonia with a short trip to one of these islands. If you want to discover New Caledonia away from the tourist areas, we recommend the Loyalty Islands of Ouvéa, Lifou and Maré. Like everywhere in New Caledonia, you’ll be warmly welcomed by the locals.
We would also like to recommend a trip to the Isle of Pines. The island features one of the most beautiful bays in the world and is surrounded by tiny islet which offer fantastic anchoring opportunities.