Pacific – New Caledonia
Exotic Catamaran Sailing Vacations in Pacific – New Caledonia
Discovered by Captain James Cook in 1774, the island of Pacific – New Caledonia makes for a genuinely exotic catamaran sailing vacation. Famous for its enchantingly beautiful lagoon—the largest in the world—the island is also revered for its coral reefs, tropical waters, and breathtaking landscapes. The Catamaran Company offers all-inclusive sailing vacations to New Caledonia. You can charter by the cabin to experience an unforgettable journey around this storied island with so many natural attractions to behold.
New Caledonia Bareboat Yacht Charter: Design a Customized Itinerary
When you contact The Catamaran Company for your crewed yacht charter, you can customize a sailing itinerary that complements your idea of a perfect South Pacific sailing vacation. Explore uninhabited islands and sail along New Caledonia’s rugged coastline to witness its striking beauty. You’ll find that you can design a yacht charter itinerary that provides you with a wealth of exciting things to see and do. Located in the South Pacific about 900 miles east of Australia, New Caledonia is an overseas department of France, but features a myriad of cultural influences that make it the celebrated land it is today.
The capital of New Caledonia, the city of Noumea is a great place to launch your bareboat catamaran sailing vacation. The waterfront brims with cafes inspired by French cuisine as well as nightclubs and various cultural attractions. Visitors to the city enjoy exploring the lovely downtown center of the city or hanging out near the beaches. Sailing and windsurfing are popular pastimes in the city’s bays.
Parc Provincial de la Riviere Bleue
Located just a short distance from Noumea, Parc Provincial de la Riviere Bleue is an expanse of dense rainforest that includes massive kaori trees—the trunks of which may be upwards of 1000 years old. Visitors to the park enjoy hiking and even kayaking the river with its drowned kaori forest.
Located on Amedee Island, a short boat trip from Noumea, the Amedee Lighthouse is a popular tourist attraction to include on your catamaran sailing itinerary. As one of the tallest lighthouses in the world, this majestic feature is definitely worth checkout out along with the natural scenery of the island.
New Caledonia Barrier Reef
The second longest double-barrier reef on the planet (after Belize’s), the New Caledonia Barrier Reef is a major nesting site for green sea turtles and home to endangered dugongs. The reef encloses the 24,000 square mile lagoon, which is ideal for scuba and snorkeling adventures aboard your luxurious yacht charter. Witness a myriad of marine life, colorful coral, and even sunken wrecks as you explore the reef and lagoon.
The Isle of Pines
The exotically beautiful Isle of Pines is located off the southern tip of the New Caledonia. Juxtaposed to the scenic splendor are the crumbling remains of a 19th century prison, which many vacationers come to visit. With its crystal clear water and soft sandy beaches, you might be more inclined to simply sail around this pristine setting aboard your catamaran charter.
Chutes de la Madeleine
The picturesque waterfalls known are a must see attraction of the Riviere des Lacs in the southern province of New Caledonia. The botanical reserve surrounding the falls is also ideal for hiking and exploring.
The Loyalty Islands
Located off the eastern coast of New Caledonia, the Loyalty Islands of Ouvea, Lifou, and Mare make for a superb catamaran cruise experience. You’ll be entranced by the untouched beauty of the islands’ beaches and their endlessly blue waters. If you scuba, the waters off Lifou, for instance, team with tropical fish and are famous for their underwater seascapes. If you are planning a 10-day travel itinerary, be sure to include a visit to these unforgettable islands.
Set a course for the South Pacific and the isolated waters of New Caledonia. This far-flung setting is bursting with attractions for vacationers who are intrigued by exotic destinations. The lagoon is ideal for yacht charter vacations and many travelers enjoy simply cruising the coast and visiting seaside villages. You might also want to set aside some time simply to sail the islands stunning blue lagoon. The northern province of the island is equally stunning. You might want to return for second journey focused on the natural wonders of this landscape with its grottoes and caves.
New Caledonia Sailing Vacations: Sample Itinerary
Day 1: Explore Noumea
Day 2: Kayak, Parc Provincial de la Riviere Bleue
Day 3: Visit Chutes de la Madeleine
Day 4: Cruise to Amedee Island
Day 5: Cruise to the Island of Pines
Day 6-7: Scuba and Snorkel, Loyalty Islands
Day 8-9: Explore and scuba the Lagoon and reefs
Day 10: Return to Noumea