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 Video Library
The Down Under Rally YouTube channel has had a makeover!
The various video libraries that feature on our channel contain lots of great footage and info about Sailing & Cruising in New Caledonia,Vanuatu Cruising, & Sailing & Cruising in Australia - East Coast & Tasmania and more.
Click the image below or the following link to check it out and when you are there click subscribe so you know when we add more content. https://www.youtube.com/c/DownUnderRally
Click on any of the images below to see some great imagery of the New Caledonia Lagoon and islands thanks to Cruising New Caledonia.com
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.