At 24,000 km², the Caledonian Lagoon is a wonderful playground for those who want to enjoy the pleasures of boating. Caledonians also love it, and spend their free time as soon as they can on outings that last from a few hours to several days. Experienced and beginner sailers will love the countless ways to enjoy the Pacific Ocean off the coast of New Caledonia.
Take a guide
Deep South, the northern lagoon, Isle of Pines or the Loyalty Islands, why not plan on discovering all these wonders from the ocean? There have never been more boating professionals who are willing to guide passengers who love wide open spaces and who want to spend a few days on the sea. This is a unique opportunity to discover islets that are still wild and to cross paths with dolphins, turtles, dugongs and other inhabitants of the lagoon, all while you relax in the hands of an experienced skipper.
Take the helm
Sailors can also enjoy the sea in catamarans, canoes, or even motorboats. The lagoon is perfect for cruising, relaxing and discovery. Rent a boat in Nouméa or Koumac and set off for the sailing adventure you want on a welcoming, gentle lagoon. Perfect to travel at your own peace and to be at one with nature
Stopover handbook in New Caledonia
To plan your boat trip, consult the Stopover Handbook in New Caledonia which presents a wealth of information perfect for those looking to enjoy a spot of sailing on New Caledonia’s iconic lagoon (anchorage areas, access conditions, marine reserves). Discover unmissable sights scattered across the archipelago, from untouched islands and spectacular stretches of coastline to fantastic diving spots. Learn about the region’s incredible biodiversity, the marine reserves that sit within its waters, and the variety of facilities and services available to visitors and locals alike.
Ready to set out on your own New Caledonia sailing adventure? View the Stopover Handbook in New Caledonia here.
Navigate with UNESCO
Since 2008, boating on the Caledonian lagoon has taken on another dimension. Recognized as a World Heritage Site, six areas are included on the prestigious UNESCO list. By the reef of Entrecasteaux in the Southern lagoon or in the coastal areas of the West, North and East, sailing the New Caledonian lagoon now involves a commitment. You can take a boat and protect the environment, aware of the universal heritage that surrounds us.
In the open ocean
If you want to, why not go a bit further on your adventure? Whether you take the helm yourself or you use an experienced team, anyone can find their place on board and set off for an even more exciting adventure to Vanuatu or even Australia and New Zealand. These crossings take time and still require some experience on the sea. But in New Caledonia, a desire for boating will surely seize you in no time at all!
Top cruises by duration (in days)
-1 day : Amédée lighthouse or Larégnère and Signal islands, classed as protected marine reserves.
-2 days : Mooring at Ouen Island, then setting course for the 5 islands to the south with a return the following day by Mato Island.
-5 days : Crossing to the bays of Kuto/Kanumera on the Isle of Pines, then, visit Brosse Island and Oro Bay.
-7 days : Sail to Prony Bay, mooring at Port Boisé on the southern tip of the Grande Terre (the main island). Then set course for Port Bouquet, at Thio on the East Coast.
-10 days : The Loyalty Islands (Maré, Lifou and Ouvéa) for a total immersion in island life, before returning to Nouméa by the East Coast.