Ouvea atoll to Koumec and the Northern Reefs
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|172||10||Ouvea and Koumec||Aug 10 - Aug 19, 2016|
We haven't sailed through New Caledonia since two brief trips in 2003 and 2004 on our way 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 fifth voyage in the archipelago we'll begin at the stunning Ouvea atoll, dither around on the outer reef for some kiting and snorkeling, then make our way across the channel to explore the rarely sailed northern reefs of New Caledonia. Check this area out on our map below, it needs little explanation. Awesome anchorages, vast reefs to fish and explore, and the kiting- well given the reliable trades in the heat of the trade season, it should be EPIC.
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. Then you can take a flight out to Ouvea for the start of the trip (please arrive before noon if possible on the start day posted). Then you'll need another one-way flight from Koumec airport (or you could make the journey by land) back to Noumea anytime in the morning on the last day of the trip.
- Great anchorages
- Potentially awesome surf
- Radical Exploration
- Remote beauty
- Seriously good wandering and gunkholing
- Who knows what we'll find?
- Lots of miles?
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Cabin 1 - Available
Cabin 3 - Sebastien Vilgrain - Guests: Guest
Cabin 4 - Juraj Priecel - Guests: Guest