New Caledonia - a water sport lover's paradise

New Caledonia's Barrier Reef, which surrounds Grande Terre and the Isle of Pines, is the second-largest coral reef in the world offering outstanding scuba-diving and snorkelling.

New Caledonia’s Barrier Reef, which surrounds Grande Terre and the Isle of Pines, is the second-largest coral reef in the world offering outstanding scuba-diving and snorkelling.

New Caledonia is a water sport lovers’ paradise. The warm water of the lagoon and its underwater splendours makes this island nation the perfect destination for scuba-diving, snorkelling, kayaking, fishing and sailing.

 

Scuba-diving and snorkelling

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There are many half and full day trips that allow visitors to explore the crystal clear waters and UNESCO World Heritage Listed Lagoon surrounding Noumea.

In between snorkelling to spot turtles, tropical fish and colourful coral gardens, you can enjoy a fresh picnic lunch of baguettes and cheese on a white sandy beach at one of the areas many picturesque islets, while soaking up the serenity and beauty of the area.

 

Kayaking, windsurfing and paddle-boarding

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While New Caledonia’s perfect beaches and isolated bays allow for complete relaxation, those seeking a more active holiday also have this option. Anse Vata Bay is popular with water sports enthusiasts. When you arrive at the bay you will find a number of places to hire stand up paddle-boards (SUP), kayaks, water-skis, windsurfing and kitesurfing gear, wakeboards and jet skis.

If you are a keen surfer, head further north to Roche Percée (near Bourail) or Ouano, a one hour drive north of Noumea and catch some waves.

 

Fishing

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For fans of fishing, fresh water lac de Yaté (Lake Yate), located in the Deep South just 30 minutes from Noumea, offers a large reservoir perfect for fishing for black bass and brown trout. While the abundance of reef and coral surrounding Noumea, provides amazing opportunities for sea fishers to catch species such as dogtooth tuna, wahoo, and grouper.

If you prefer your activities on dry land, then Ouen-Toro Park, a protected reserve with forests of sandalwood trees, is ideal for walkers, joggers and paragliders.

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