New Caledonia

Sailing New Caledonia

If you’re looking for a varied sailing experience, then you should think about spending some time abroad in New Caledonia. This part of the world is a playground for sailors and anyone who enjoys being on the water. So, if you have an adventurous heart, then this should be on your list of must-visit yacht charter destinations.

Here's why you should sail New Caledonia on a yacht at least once in your lifetime.

Where is New Caledonia?

New Caledonia is an archipelago of islands in the southwest Pacific Islands, south of Vanuatu and about 1,210 kilometres east of Australia. This collection of islands is still technically part of France, which shows throughout the local culture and cuisine.

One of the best things about New Caledonia is the lagoon. It’s the largest in the world and has such a diverse array of marine life that it was appointed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008.

If you want to experience this beauty for yourself whilst on your yacht charter with Ahoy Club, then here are some of the top attractions in New Caledonia.

The Isle of Pines

The Isle of Pines is in the southern region of New Caledonia. This island is surrounded by pristine, stunning waters that glisten under the warm sun, and has a mild climate that's warm without being overly hot. The perfect destination to explore on your private and professionally crewed yacht charter.

While you’re visiting the island, take in views from N’ga Peak or steer your yacht towards Kuto, Oro, or Upi Bay. These bays offer turquoise waters that teem with marine life, stunning white sands, and a relaxing, soothing atmosphere that will make you happy that you chose New Caledonia for your yacht charter destination.

While you’re on the island, make sure you try the local food as well. The Isle of Pines is famous for its Escargots de l'Île des Pins or snails, and most restaurants serve a version of this dish.


Noumea is the capital city of New Caledonia and located on the main island. The island is home to a mix of cultures that makes the gastronomy and the atmosphere well worth experiencing along your yacht charter itinerary.

While you’re in Noumea, you can explore beautiful Anse Vata Beach, be seen in fashionable Baie des Citrons (Lemon Bay) or head over to Duck Island.

The Lagoon

New Caledonia’s lagoon is a destination in itself, especially if you have your own yacht and don’t have to stop at the islands. This lagoon is the largest in the world and home to a huge variety of marine life. It offers amazing scuba diving sites from shipwrecks to underwater caves near Poum, and world-famous spots off the town of Poindimié. Ensure you ask Ahoy Club to include some snorkelling or diving gear so you can explore life beneath the surface.


Mato is in the southern part of New Caledonia and is one of the most popular anchorage spots for pleasure craft. So, if you’re sailing through New Caledonia on your charter yacht, then you will probably anchor at Ilot Mato to take in its beauty and natural surroundings.

Gadji Bay

New Caledonia is a popular holiday destination for yacht charters and the main parts of the lagoon can get a little crowded if you visit in peak times. If you’re looking for somewhere secluded and private to anchor up at, then head to Gadji Bay.

Located on the Isle of Pines, this bay has beautiful clear waters filled with bright, colourful, and varied marine life. While you’re there, you can enjoy watersports from your private yacht in azure blue water, venture closer to shore to explore the white sands, and after a long day exploring retreat to your yacht for a delicious meal prepared on board by your personal chef.

The Takeaway

New Caledonia is the ideal yacht charter destination because of the area’s stunning natural scenery and the chance to indulge in adventure experiences. If you’re looking for an unforgettable island experience, enquire about booking your yacht charter with Ahoy Club and explore the pristine waters of New Caledonia.

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