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10 Reasons why New Caledonia is one of the best cruising grounds in the South Pacific

There are lots of reasons why sailors love New Caledonia, but these are the top 10 reasons that over 900 international cruising boats, and hundreds of people who charter yachts and fishing boats come to visit New Caledonia every year.

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1. New Caledonia is close to Australia and New Zealand

New Caledonia is 780 nautical miles from Bundaberg Port Marina in, Queensland and 860 nautical miles from the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. The passage normally takes less than a week to or from Australia and about one week to or from New Zealand. New Caledonia is located to begin or end a Pacific cruising season. For more details on passages to and from New Caledonia see the Passages section of the Nautical Guide to New Caledonia.

2. The Best Navigational Aids in the South Pacific

New Caledonia has an impressive system of navigational aids. Reef passes, major routes and all harbours are clearly marked, and lit. This reflects a long tradition of service to sailors. The magnificent 56 metre high Amedee Lighthouse symbolizes this commitment. It was built and assembled in Paris in 1862. After dominating the Paris skyline for two years the lighthouse was disassembled into 1,265 pieces weighing 388 tons, and then shipped to New Caledonia where it was reassembled on Amedee Island and began service in 1865. Today the lighthouse has a new high powered strobe light visible for 20 miles, and the island has become a popular day-trip for over 60,000 visitors a year. . For more about the Navaids of New Caledonia and the symbols used on this guide, click on the anchor overlay of the all New Caledonia space image and then click on "aids to navigation". Rocket Guide's Cruising Guide to New Caledonia has all of these Nav aids and the lights flash at the correct frequency and gives a lit circle to show how far you can see each light and marker.

3. Modern Full Service Marinas

Noumea, the primary port of New Caledonia, can berth yachts of any size. There are three public marinas and one private one. The marinas have water, 220vt AC, wireless Internet, and superior marina infrastructure facilities. Our guide has complete details on every Marina thoughout New Caledonia.

4. Excellent Slipway and support facilities

Nouville Plaisance has a 50 ton travel lift and the Noumea Port shipyard can take vessels up to 1000 tons. There are three smaller but excellent slipways in Noumea including one set up to handle catamarans and trimarans that are too wide for the Nouville Plaisance slipway. Noumea has well stocked ship's chandleries, competent tradesmen, machine shops, parts and supplies. High quality fuel is easily available in Noumea.

5. The largest lagoon in the world with lots of excellent anchorages.

It is a real pleasure to sail New Caledonia's vast lagoon. The water is deep, clear and protected by the second longest barrier reef in the world. Over a dozen choice anchorages are within a 2 hour sail of the main harbour. It is possible to day-sail along the entire coast of New Caledonia and the outlying Loyalty Islands and Ile des Pins enjoying over 151 anchorages along the way. All these anchorages and routes have been recently surveyed and are on the latest Cruising Guide to New Caledonia.

6. Stunning scenic beauty protected by over 34 marine and terrestrial reserves.

The lush coral reefs, gleaming white sand beaches and exotic island birds and vegetation are protected in a system of marine reserves. Fish in the marine reserves are abundant and tame, offering perfect opportunities for underwater photographers. The entire lagoon is a World Heritage Site

7. Springtime all year round

Extending from the tropics at 18 degrees South to the Temperate zone at Latitude 23 degrees south, New Caledonia enjoys one of the nicest climates on our planet. There is normally a brisk trade wind for sailing and, from December to May, the chance of a tropical cyclone. But all in all, New Caledonia's weather is a delight, made even more perfect by the luminous colours of the lagoon and the islands in the sunshine.

8. A fascinating blend of cultures

Melanesians, Europeans, Vietnamese, Indonesians, Polynesians, Micronesians, Chinese, and others offer visitors a wealth of culinary and cultural delights.

9. Supplies, entertainment and fun.

In Noumea, supermarkets, shops of every description and transport facilities are readily available to resupply the vessel. Plus there are the pleasures of a major international tourism destination - beaches, night clubs, casinos, museums, restaurants, spas, art centres, festivals and theatres.

10. Wilderness areas and trekking.

Take time to go walking on the many wilderness trails of New Caledonia, especially along the fabulous rivers and waterfalls.


Plus One Extra Special Reason

The comprehensive and accurate, easy to use, interactive Nautical Guide offered here on this website. There are simply no other destinations in the world with cruising and tourism guides like the Rocket Guides to New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

It makes your cruising more fun because you can plan your cruise with confidence and a wealth of information.


Download or order on DVD the very best cruising guide to New Caledonia right now to plan your cruise in New Caledonia.


Call Richard 87 95 63 to purchase the guide directly from the author or purchase the guide from Chloe at Yacht Agent Noumea Ocean Services- her phone number, email and location are on the Noumea Ocean website.

Cruising Guide to New Caledonia DVD

Order the 2017 Cruising Guide to New Caledonia on DVD

Includes the companion Activity and Travel Guide.
Works on Windows (XP or later) and MacIntosh (OSX 10.7 or later).

This is an excellent gift for someone who plans on cruising, chartering, surfing, kayaking or diving in New Caledonia.

There is an extra charge to mail the DVD to an address that is not your billing address and they cannot be mailed to a mid-Pacific Island address, like Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga or Samoa.

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Euro €125.00.

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DVD nautical guides to New Caledonia and Vanuatu

Special 4 Guide set:

Cruising and Travel Guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia

If you are also planning to cruise Vanuatu, we have a special offer for all 4 guides that includes the New Caledonia cruising and tourism guides plus the latest Nautical Rocket Guide to Vanuatu and it's companion Travel Guide to Vanuatu.

There is an extra charge to mail the DVD to an address that is not your billing address and they cannot be mailed to a mid-Pacific Island address, like Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga or Samoa.

Mailed to your Billing Address

Euro €210.00.

Mailed to a Transient Address

Euro €220.00.


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Installation file for the cruising guide is 386MB and the companion Activity and Travel Guide 481MB - Euro €125.00.

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Installation file for the guide is 403MB and the companion Activity and Travel Guide 561MB - Euro €125.00.

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Vanuatu + New Caledonia

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Installation files for the 4 guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia are 220MB, 480MB, 386MB, 481MB - Euro 210.00

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Vanuatu + New Caledonia

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Installation files for the 4 guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia are 225MB, 494MB , 403MB, 561MB - Euro 210.00