New Caledonia Yacht Charters
New Caledonia is the perfect yacht charter destination for active individuals
Dividing the main island of New Caledonia into two coasts is none other than the majestic Grande Terre mountain range – one of the destination’s most impressive natural sites. Floating peacefully in the South Pacific, New Caledonia gives yacht charter guests a serene, beautiful escape from reality; painting a picture of Paradise with its awe-inspiring volcanoes, aquamarine and emerald lagoons, perfect white beaches and lively, colorful species of fish.
Designed for more active yacht charter guests, New Caledonia is a haven for surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, wakeboarding, water skiing and paddle boarding enthusiasts and more, as well as a bevy of on-land activities: like hiking, biking and ziplining. Home to the enchanting Isle de Pines and the second largest coral barrier reef in the world, it should come as no surprise that New Caledonia has developed into a popular yachting destination.
New Caledonia Highlights
History & Culture: First discovered by Captain James Cook, an Englishman, in 1776, the island of New Caledonia was colonized by the French in 1853 and became a French Overseas Territory in 1946. Given its varied origin, this locale is a mix of indigenous and European customs. While French is the official language, English, Japanese and more than 30 Melanesian languages are also commonly spoken – fitting, considering its close distance to Asia and location in the South Pacific.
Cuisine: In New Caledonia, rice, fish, tropical fruits and various root vegetables – like taro, manioc, yams and sweet potatoes – are common additions to every meal. However, one traditional casserole, Bougna, still reigns supreme. Made of sliced root vegetables, pork, seafood, banana leaves, locally-grown haricot and more – and cooked in an earthen oven – Bougna is considered a national food by many Kanaks, the indigenous people of New Caledonia.
Landscape: The geography of New Caledonia is as diverse as its culture. Divided in two by the La Chaine mountains, New Caledonia is home to an exotic paradise filled with lush vegetation, green valleys, idyllic waterfalls, wild rivers, white sandy beaches, and its very own “lunar landscape,” which is characterized by red earth and the drowned forest of Lake Yaté.
Nightlife: In New Caledonia, a night out begins with happy hour – typically in the town of Nouméa’s various karaoke and piano bars. Following this, visitors to the islands have a choice of casinos, European-style nightclubs, French movie theaters, local bars and places with live Pacific-style music and international chart-toppers.