Visiting the Chesterfield, Entrecasteaux, and Bellona protected areas.
In August 2018, New Caledonia created the Parc Naturel de la Mer de Corail reserve that includes the Chesterfield, Bellona, Entrecasteaux, Pétrie and Astrolabe reefs. Some islands and reefs are designated "integral reserves" allowing no access or human activity except scientific research authorized in advance by the Parc Naturel de la Mer de Corail. Most of the reefs and islands are classified "natural reserves" allowing visits approved in advance by the Parc Naturel de la Mer de Corail.
Permission to visit the park
Yachts in transit from one Customs Port (like Vanuatu or New Caledonia) to another Customs Port (Australia) must apply for permission to visit the Parc. The application must be emailed at least 3 months in advance to the email address included in the application form.
Obey Park Regulations
Strict regulations prohibit, fishing, hunting, bivouacs, picnics, and any activity that harms or disturbs the marine life.
Send a report after your visit
Visitors must file a report to the Park authority following their visit.