Fly-fishing, sea fishing, crab fishing, net casting, underwater fishing – in New Caledonia, fishing is simultaneously a leisure activity, a means of subsistence and a part of the local heritage. With either ancestral or modern techniques, fishing is a part of the DNA of the South Pacific archipelago.
Fly-fishing to get back to nature – ranked in the top 5 sites in the world for fly-fishing, New Caledonia is a paradise for those who love this sport. In harmony with nature and its rhythm, fishermen are invited in the North part of the Lagoon during low tide, and if they are patient and humble, they can try to capture big catches in this idyllic setting.
From beginner divers to excursions for experts, New Caledonia boasts diving spots that are each more magical than the next. Under the water’s surface, coral pinnacles shelter multicolored fauna that is often accessible even without wearing a tank. With barriers, passes and slopes, and the right equipment, divers can meet face-to-face with the big ocean-dwellers.
Flippers, mask and a snorkel – No need to dive for a long time to enjoy the splendors under the surface. With only a mask, flippers and a snorkel, a swimmer can also meet up with butterfly fish, triggerfish, parrotfish and clownfish, plus many more. The underwater path at Ilot Canard (Duck Island), the depths off the coast of the Amédée Island , the lagoon of Poé, the waters off Hienghène or the Loyalty Islands, or wherever you are, you can snorkel and be amazed.
For those who love board sports, whatever you do, do not miss the Caledonian lagoon! With perfectly smooth water, almost constant breezes, waves for a technical challenge, in Nouméa or off short from the bush communities, windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing and bodyboarding are perfect to do all throughout the year!
Sails to the horizon – as soon as the slightest sustained breeze picks up, there’s something like a rush to the beach and the water. Sails fill and set out to sea immediately. The water surface off Nouméa is ideal for daily practice, and is also friendly as windsurfers share their passion for sailing and for the ocean. And for novices who want to get in on the adventure, there’s no shortage of schools along the bays of the capital, but also outside the metropolitan area.
At 24,000 km², the Caledonian Lagoon is a wonderful playground for those who want to enjoy the pleasures of boating. Caledonians also love it, and spend their free time as soon as they can on outings that last from a few hours to several days. Experienced and beginner boaters will love the countless ways to enjoy the Pacific Ocean off the coast of New Caledonia.
Take a guide – le Grand Sud, the northern lagoon, Isle of Pines or the Loyalty Islands, why not plan on discovering all these wonders from the ocean? There have never been more boating professionals who are willing to guide passengers who love wide open spaces and who want to spend a few days on the sea. This is a unique opportunity to discover islets that are still wild and to cross paths with dolphins, turtles, dugongs and other inhabitants of the lagoon, all while leaving the reins to an experienced skipper.