The ocean plays a vital role in sustaining life on Earth. It covers almost 75 percent of the globe and contains nearly a quarter of the world’s known species—with many yet to be discovered. Its waters sustain billions of people and myriad wildlife. But today, the ocean faces many threats, including overfishing, plastic waste, climate change and loss of biodiversity.
A voyage to Australasia and the South Pacific is your chance to experience some of the most amazing destinations on earth…
Naturally splendid and culturally rich, New Caledonia boasts a plethora of delights for the tropical traveller.
Ten years ago, the lagoons of New Caledonia—a huge area of ocean containing several coral reefs and associated ecosystems—earned designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The staggering biodiversity of this area, which includes islands and coastline, features brilliant, healthy corals and thousands of species of plants and animals found nowhere else.
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.