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New Caledonia Adventure

New Caledonia Adventure

Trip Ports of Call Dates Days
168 Noumea Jun 14 - Jun 23, 2016 10
A repeat of 167. "There's no better place to experience the Pacific with a taste of France than New Caledonia, where Melanesian tradition blends with French sophistication. This mix of the chic yet casual, très French but ultimately Pacific comes together with peerless élan in Noumea, the cosmopolitan capital. Dining out and shopping run the gamut from gourmet restaurants to humble roulottes, from Chinatown's colourful shops to the expensively elegant, air-conditioned boutiques on rue de Sébastopol. When you leave the capital, the urban scenery gives way to a wealth of changing landscapes - the rolling plains of la brousse (the bush), lush river valleys, steep mountains coursed by tumbling waterfalls, cool rainforests and wild coastlines."-- Lonely Planet Intro

We haven't sailed through New Caledonia since two brief trips in 2003 and 2004 on our way to and from Vanuatu. But I've always wanted to return. Noumea is a proper city, with sophisticated French restaurants and luxury bungalow style hotels looking out on the great Pacific. Grand Ville, the largest island in the chain is 250 miles long and is completely encircled by a barrier reef (the largest on Earth), with the entire lagoon navigable. This means protected anchorages everywhere we go, and many, many possibilities for fantastic surfing and kitesurfing. Stunning vistas, gorgeous food, endless opportunities for exploration, New Caledonia will not disappoint! On this second voyage in the archipelago we'll head out immediately to the leeward reefs and score some surf and wander as we see fit along the barrier reef depending on conditions. For those of you seeking waves, there are awesome spots on this itinerary.

New Caledonia- where marine treasures of all shapes and sizes lie waiting to be discovered - canyons and caves, exquisite coral, the smallest of tropical fish, turtles, sea snakes and sharks. Dolphin and whale spotting are other delights in store, or simply the luxury of total relaxation on the soft, warm sand of a deserted isle. -- Lonely Planet

Getting there: International flights to Noumea are offered on several different airlines, including Air France. We suggest spending a night or two in Noumea on the front or back end to see the city and dive into the French cuisine. We'll depart right from Noumea.

This trip is available to non-members! Cost per cabin (2 person occupancy) is $7400 USD. This includes all on board costs (all meals, and a reasonable number of alcoholic drinks, and 2016 Cabrinha gear). A cash bar is available (we charge what it costs us) and other possible extras include internet (we have high speed internet on board provided via satellite, crew tips (optional), and coaching (must be arranged well in advance). Let us know if you are interested and what questions you have. This is a very rare opportunity to join the Quest, we rarely sell cabins to non-members.
Pluses
  • Easy Logistics (flights)
  • Excellent Provisioning
  • French Culture
  • Largest Circular coral reef on Earth
  • Protected Anchorages
  • Reliable wind and waves
  • Sophisticated Noumea
Minuses
  • Slightly colder water
  • Touristy, but not bad outside of Noumea
Conditions
Air70
Water75.9
Mean Avg Wind10 ESE
Miles50

Reservations
ReservedReserved
ReservedReserved
Cabin 1 - Brett Hatton - Guests: Guest
Cabin 3 - Sarah Disston - Guests: Yiannis
Cabin 4 - Marc Peterson - Guests: Guest


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