Map - Best Ports & Anchorages in New Caledonia
New Caledonia boasts one of the world's largest lagoons, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The sheltered waters are a playground for sailors, offering endless opportunities to explore secluded coves, remote islets, and vibrant coral reefs. The indigenous Kanak heritage, European influences, and diverse Pacific traditions come together to create a unique cultural diversity.
Sailing season in New Caledonia
May to October
The main sailing season extends from May to October, marked by cooler and drier conditions. During this period, the southeast trade winds, known as the "alizé," take center stage.
These steady winds provide reliable propulsion, guiding sailors through the picturesque Pacific waters with ease.
November to April
Come November, a transition occurs as the "vent du nord", or northerly winds, become more prominent and the warm rainy season begins.
This marks the beginning of the off-season, with the northerly winds prevailing until April.
Water quality adheres to European standards. The water is potable and safe to drink, whether you're on the main island or exploring the lagoon.
The standard voltage in New Caledonia is 220-240V with a frequency of 50Hz, making it important for sailors to have appropriate adapters and voltage converters, if necessary.
Major ports, marinas, and key coastal destinations offer reliable fuel facilities. While the price may vary, sailors can rest assured that the quality of fuel meets high standards.