Caledonia: The Pacific’s Biggest Secret; Neville Hockley; Cruising World


France – Lagoons of New Caledonia: Reef Diversity and Associated Ecosystems

A voyaging couple explore a new territory and discover an unexpected cruising nirvana.

Almost everyone has heard of the legendary Tahiti and Bora Bora in Polynesia. Armchair sailors could find Fiji and Tonga in the South Pacific. New Zealand, well, that’s easy. But ask most people to pin New Caledonia on the globe and they wouldn’t know in which hemisphere to begin looking. Shortly after my wife, Catherine, and I arrived in the country, we telephoned our bank to reactivate an ATM card, and when hearing our location, the banking specialist sighed wistfully and shared, “Wow, New Caledonia, I’ve always wanted to go to Africa.”

The truth is before Catherine and I sailed Dream Time, our 1981 Cabo Rico 38, to New Caledonia we also knew little about the country.

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