Uncover the Gems of New Caledonia – Nouméa, Maré, and Lifou

Majestic in beauty, diverse in landscapes, and rich in culture and history, the captivating islands of New Caledonia entice visitors with the promise that they will leave feeling as if they have discovered a whole new world.  These exotic lands located just off the eastern coast of Australia are the perfect vacation destination for luxury travelers seeking an escape from the ordinary.  A truly fascinating locale, New Caledonia lays claims to the world’s largest lagoon in the Coral Sea, has spectacular golden sand beaches, crystalline waters that vary in color from turquoise to cobalt, and dazzling backdrops of lush green mountains and towering coral cliffs. There is no better way to see these awe-inspiring islands than by sea, so step aboard your charter mega yacht, charter sailing yacht, charter luxury catamaran, or charter power boat and prepare yourself for an unforgettable yachting holiday in the South Pacific.

Nouméa

A sublime combination of South Pacific laid-back island style with a touch of French sophistication, Nouméa boasts of stunning palm tree lined powdery soft beaches, world-class shopping, and a thriving epicurean scene.  A little slice of France in the tropics, the cosmopolitan capital of New Caledonia offers phenomenal cafés, gourmet restaurants, colorful markets, and designer boutiques.  With endless sunshine and translucent sapphire blue waters, charter guests have the perfect playground to enjoy swimming, windsurfing, snorkeling and scuba diving.  Main attractions include Le Grand Casino where you can try your luck at roulette, blackjack, or poker, the Tjibaou Cultural Centre to learn about traditional Oceanian and Melanesian cultures, and the Aquarium des Lagons.

Maré

Part of the Loyalty Islands Province of New Caledonia, Maré is a pristine oasis suited for guests that appreciate unadulterated natural beauty.  A raised coral atoll protected by the second-largest barrier in the world, Maré will astound you with her striking coastline featuring beautiful turquoise lagoons, and stunning beaches with backdrops of towering pines, limestone grottoes and caves, and rugged coral cliffs.  As one of the world’s best diving regions, the crystalline seas which teem with colorful tropical fish, sea turtles, and manta rays are prime for underwater exploration, while visits to the tribal villages of Cengeite and Wabao provide great opportunities to immerse yourself in a rich and relatively unchanged culture that dates back around 40,000 years.  Trou de Bone, a daunting 130 foot deep limestone cave, is another can’t miss stop to add to your yacht charter itinerary.

Lifou

Lifou is the largest island in the Loyalty Island archipelago and home to some of the most scenic beaches in the world.  Secluded stretches of soft white sands extend for miles and there is no shortage of sheltered bays which are abundant in colorful marine life.   One of the most glorious attractions on the island is the towering seaside cliffs of Jokin.   Truly impressive, gazing out into the turquoise seas from above these fossilized coral cliffs will reward you with dazzling views that will sweep you away. For snorkeling in an aquatic wonderland, nothing compares to Jinek Bay, while those that prefer sightseeing on land should check out Notre Dame de Lourdes Chapel overlooking Santal Bay or the Mucaweng Vanilla Plantation.

With superb secluded beaches, beguiling cultures, and outstanding attractions, New Caledonia offers everything anyone could ever wish for in a South Seas escape.  This winter the five-star Sunreef luxury catamaran CHE will be travelling to New Caledonia in the South Pacific.  For more information, please contact Sunreef Yachts Charter at charter@sunreef-charter.com.

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