New Caledonia is an ideal South Pacific holiday destination. Firstly, head to Grand Terre, the main island. Provision up in Nouméa’s local market and you are ready for the overnight sail. When you set off, navigate eastward around the tip of Grand Terre to reach the Loyalty Islands. The distance to Ouvéa is approximately 140 nautical miles. On the way, you will sail close to Prony Bay which is famous for its rainbow-coloured shells and nature reserve. Opposite the bay lies the Isle of Pines – also worth a stop off.
Chartering a yacht to sail to Ouvéa requires a reasonable level of experience in ocean cruising. Therefore, hiring a local skipper is a great way to take the stress out of your holiday and enjoy a unique island-hopping adventure.
The largest lagoon on earth
New Caledonia’s lagoon is the largest on earth and listed as a World Heritage Site. While crystal clear waters caress the white sandy island beaches, deep water sailing is plentiful, out in the ocean. Passages between the islands can offer sailors a small challenge, so there is something for everyone here.
The coral islands have breathtaking reefs. Diving or snorkelling takes you on a voyage into a new underwater world, alive with colourful coral, fish and turtles.
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