Watersports in New Caledonia
Scuba Diving Holidays
New Caledonia has some exceptional scuba diving sites and is one of the undiscovered regions of the South Pacific. Grand Terre is surrounded by the second largest barrier reef in the world and dive sites are usually within a 20-minute boat ride from shore. Like other South Pacific destinations, New Caledonia has year-round warm water and a good selection of dive companies.
Noumea waterfront is a popular spot for yachts and luxury motor cruisers and there is a sailing club on the eastern bay where holiday-makers can rent Hobie Cats.There are a a handful of sailing charter companies based in Noumea which offer skippered day and overnight sailing tours and visit the offshore islands as well as cruising to the Isle of Pines and Loyalty Islands. The following resorts offer small pleasure yachts to its guests:
Surfing in New Caledonia is not as good as most other South Pacific Islands with less reliable swells and the majority of breaks are along the fringing barrier reef and at least several kilometres from shore meaning access is only by boat. The best breaks are along the west coast off from Noumea, La Foa and Bourail.
Windsurfing & Kite Surfing
Both are excellent offshore from Noumea. Anse Vata Beach is a good place to learn windsurfing with a protected bay but gets good winds in the afternoon. Experiences windsurfers head to Isle Maitre, a ten minute boat ride from Noumea harbour which has fantastic winds, especially from May to October and is very popular with kite-surfers.