Sailing in Noumea
Noumea’s climate sees a wet season between November and April, and dry season from May to October. As cyclones are prone to occur in the wet season, it is recommended to charter a yacht between June and September, in order to fully enjoy your sailing experience. When you rent in this time period, expect winds to be of moderate strength and averaging between 15 and 18 knots – perfect for exploration of this gorgeous corner of the Pacific. Temperatures tend to hover in the low twenties in these winter months, which means you can sunbathe on your boat or on one of the tropical beaches. Sea temperature in Noumea is relatively consistent throughout the year, falling slightly from July onwards to a mild 23°C.
Things to do during a yacht charter in Noumea
The capital of New Caledonia offers a striking resemblance to the French Riviera yet retains its own unique and distinct charm thanks to its location in the Pacific. There is no shortage of places to visit and things to do during your yacht rental – here are just a few:
1. Snorkelling in Duck Island
If you want to see some of the most intriguing and diverse marine life, then no better way than taking a dive in Duck Island. Noumea’s best diving spot is found here and offers a heavenly location of turquoise waters and pristine white beaches. Just a short sail on your chartered yacht and you will arrive in this secluded natural playground. The colourful coral brimming with curious fish and crustaceans will be unforgettable. If you are extremely lucky, you may even be fortunate enough to see a shark or turtle – although some of the smaller fish can be equally as magical. A perfect morning activity before returning to Noumea for some food and to discuss the day’s adventure!
2. Discover the History of New Caledonia
Noumea’s capital status means it is the best place to uncover the rich and layered history of this Pacific Island. Those who charter a yacht here should pay visit to the Museum of New Caledonia, where artefacts and exhibits present the culture, history, and lifestyle of the Melanesian people. Whether it is tools, pieces of jewellery and clothes, or something unusual discovered, there is something to marvel at in this museum. There are call backs to the French influence on Noumea, and some incredibly intricate finds on display.
3. Relax in the Lagoon
Breath-taking views of Noumea and New Caledonia’s iconic landscape can be found in the lagoon which is actually the biggest in the world. The blue of the water contrasting with the green countryside and pearly white beaches creates a heavenly paradise - the perfect sailing location for your yacht charter holiday. Moor your boat and go for a swim, or top up your tan on the shoreline. Anything you may need during your sail can be found in the local markets, making your journey that bit easier and stress-free! Noumea’s perfect coastline is unparalleled by anywhere else, and a truly exceptional experience.
Eating in Noumea
Of course, the French influence on the island of Noumea is perhaps most obvious through the dining and cuisine of the vast array of restaurants. With a signature Pacific flare, some scrumptious meals are available to your during your yacht charter. Perhaps most impressive is Le Roof, with a gorgeous setting overlooking that bold blue ocean. Equally as distinct is the décor at L’Hippocampe, where the garden setting offers a relaxing hideaway where you can enjoy their range of expertly prepared dishes. Looking for just a snack? Then the oldest bakery in Noumea, A La Vieille France, offers signature French pastries and bakes that will leave your mouth watering.
How to get to Noumea
Flying from Australia or New Zealand is a relatively simple affair as there are often flights between Noumea and these countries. Getting there from a European destination requires a transfer from Australia or Japan, so the travel time must be factored into your yacht charter holiday. Once you arrive in New Caledonia, airport transfers and bus shuttles will transport you to the marina. Then, your holiday will be focused on the best form of transport in Noumea – sailing!
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