A seasoned marine or a sailor for a day, stop dreaming and come and enjoy the unique experience of sailing on the Caledonian lagoon!
This is one of those rare opportunities to experience the perfect marriage of man and nature.
Home to the world’s largest lagoon, New Caledonia offers a range of sailing options around this magical archipelago. There are numerous excellent mooring choices and most sites are still virtually untouched.
Carried by the trade winds, discover a route that takes you from Noumea, the capital, to Houaïlou on the east coast, passing by the Ouen Island, Ile des Pins, Lifou, Ouvéa and Hienghène to the north-east.
New Caledonia is surrounded by a myriad of coral islands and islets that are often deserted. The Boating Guide of New Caledonia lists no fewer than 150 moorings ... lovers of exotic solitude will easily find an island at their feet!
Here you will find everything a sailor could need: yacht charter, with or without a skipper, with or without a host/hostess, cruises à la carte lasting several days, trips on the Great Southern Seas following the whale route, or even water taxis to the islands closest to Noumea... The choice is yours!
New Caledonia has several modern marinas to welcome all types of boat. Hulls less than 15 feet are welcomed everywhere, both in the marina of the Southern Port in Noumea and elsewhere on the Grande Terre (mainland) and islands.
Port Moselle Marina, in the capital, accepts boats up to a length of 25 meters. Finally, the Super Yachts can moor at the Quai des Scientifiques (Scientists Wharf), at the Quai des Paquebots (Cruise liners Wharf) or at the Quai du Musée Maritime (Maritime Museum Wharf).
Many luxury ships call in at Noumea to experience the lagoon, refuel, or enjoy a touch of France for a few days in the capital.
New Caledonia is also a stop for large cruise ships, on a round-the –world trip or travelling across the Pacific. Several stops allow you to discover another aspect of the islands: Noumea, and its French atmosphere, the Ile des Pins and its turquoise waters, Lifou in Iles Loyauté (the Loyalty Islands) and its protected bays or Poum, in the far north and its natural environment.