New Caledonia is a treasure chest for visiting cruising yachts with its incredible sheltered lagoon (a World Heritage site since 2008), the white sandy beaches, the ancient forests, the untouched landscapes and the endemic biodiversity (land and sea).
New Caledonia is also a land of ancestral culture and above all a land where tradition is still the guiding hand behind social and festive relationships. A world unto itself…
New Caledonia, a land of traditions, also welcomes modern artists to exhibit work in the art galleries near the Noumea museums which houses the most beautiful collections of Melanesian tribal art (New Caledonia Museum).
The coral reef of New Caledonia is recognised by the international community as a « hot spot » of world biodiversity, one of the three most extensive reef systems in the world in an excellent state of preservation.
New Caledonia alone represents nearly 75% of the entire reef and lagoon surface of all of the French territories. Their inscription as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2008 is an international recognition of the richness of its lagoons.
Called the Paris of the south pacific, Noumea boasts the same ambience when it comes to Art, Music and French Gastronomy. Along with diverse activities such as surfing, kite surfing, scuba diving, game fishing, trekking, hunting…the only difficulty is choosing what to do.
The Down Under Rally - Loyalty Islands Rally
The purpose of the Down Under Rally "Loyalty Islands Rally" is to provide vessels heading to New Caledonia with the opportunity to be able to make the most of their time in New Caledonia by providing them with the option to join the rally and obtain full clearance into the country in the Loyalty Islands.
Normally vessels are not permitted to stop anywhere in New Caledonia without first having cleared into the country in Noumea which is on the western side of the mainland.
By joining the Loyalty Islands Rally participants are able to experience more of New Caledonia's magnificent cruising grounds especially those in the east and to the south that are often difficult if not impossible to return to from Noumea in the limited time available.
Cruising New Caledonia Blogs & Videos
Below are some links to the Blogs and Videos that have published by other cruisers who wish to share their New Caledonia cruising experiences :
Wade and Hodges Miller - s.v Coco de Mer (Catamaran). Click here for great info and to see some stunning images on the blog of Coco de Mer
Debbie & Warren - s.v Phase 2 (Catamaran). Debbie & Warren have a YouTube channel called "Phase2 Productions". Click here to visit Phase2Productions YouTube channel and see them all.
Leanne & Steve : s.v Easy Tiger (Catamaran).Click here to visit -Easy Tiger's Sailing Adventures
Eva & Brian - s.v Zofia (mono hull). Click here to visit Zofia - Sailing Adventures
Neville & Amanda - s.v Bossa Nova (Catamaran). Click here to visit Bossa Nova Fusion
You can also click on any of the links below and be directed to some great websites that provide more info about cruising in New Caledonia.
New Caledonia ‘Stopover Handbook’ - FREE DOWNLOAD
The second edition of the Stopover handbook in New Caledonia brings together all information useful to local and foreign boaters sailing in the world’s largest lagoon.