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Around 2.5 hours flight from Australia's east coast, you will find an amazing set up of lefts and rights, and abundant marine life. It's all about surfing, fishing and eating great food at Nekweta.
New Caledonia is a fresh, exciting, hassle-free surf holiday destination close to home.
New Cal is barely a two and a half hour flight from Sydney. The climate is warm, sub tropical with water temps that average 21 to 23 degrees and land temps a pleasant mid 20’s during the Australian winter.
It is a civilized Western-style island, with a potpourri of French-speaking European and Melanesian locals and their different customs and lingual tastes.
New Cal only has a population of 250,000. It boasts the largest lagoon in the world, surrounded by a 1,600 km coral reef. The surf, fishing, diving, wind and kite surfing possibilities are endless.
The classy capital city of Noumea is only 45 minutes from the international airport. You have the option of staying in a five star hotel and enjoying the capital’s fine beaches, restaraunts and shopping, or you could choose to depart on a surf catamaran charter the day you land, or combine the two.
New Caledonia favourites.
There is nothing like cruising on a cat inside the relatively calm confines of the breathtaking lagoon, not having to deal with ocean swell at night or for the majority of travel time in between surf destinations. You really do get to relax and go island hopping, snorkelling or swimming without much risk of sea sickness. Fishing and snorkelling gear is provided on all Catamaran charters free of charge.
Where to stay
Take an adventurous Catamaran Surf Charter to revel in the spectacular scenery, world class surfing, fishing and diving.
There is no shortage of reef pass options all within a day or so travel by catamaran from the capital. There are all sorts of interesting nooks and crannies, most reefs face slightly different directions to accommodate most wind, swell angles and variables.
You cannot possibly expect to access most of the reef passes or indeed either surf camp without The Perfect Wave’s guide Sebastian. Seb is host, cook and surf guide all rolled into one. Seb and his team (Manu, Pierre, Fabricio, Dominique and Gill will all go out of their way to accommodate every little request.)
You can also stay on land camps at Ouano Surfari Camp where there is a maximum of 20 guests at any time, guaranteeing a relaxed, uncrowded atmosphere both at the camp and at the nearby breaks.
The main surf break Ouano Left is a hollow, performance wave barely 20 minutes by speedboat. Tenia Island and its assortment of surf breaks are 45 minutes by speedboat. There is numerous quality, uncrowded left and right reef passes nearby.
Nekweta Surf Camp is set on the Nera River, 1.5 hours from la Tontouta International Airport. The region is home to some beautiful beaches such as La Roche and Poe, ideal for beginners, long boarders and short boards. When the swells up, it also has some long bush walks that take you around Turtle and Lover's Bay. The beautiful white sandy Poe beach is just 6 km from the camp and is ideal for shallow water snorkelling and offers other activities like jetski rentals and kitesurfing lessons. The Bourail village offers a small range of restaurants and the local museum is well worth a visit, along with other historical sites should you wish to catch up on the area's history.
New Caledonia is definitely not just a surf destination, in fact it is for the traveller that wants more than just surf on this experience. The fishing is world class and when the wind picks up in the afternoon its a perfect time to get a GT or Wahu on the hook. As for the culture, as a French colony you can be sure of the best food and wine on offer everywhere. New Caledonia is also a great destination for kitesurfing, trekking and horseriding as well, so what are you waiting for? Book your New Cal experience today.
During autumn and winter in the the South Pacific, storms charging through the Roaring Forties push swells up through the Tasman Sea and beyond, directly towards the SW Pacific islands like New Caledonia.
Open to swell from the Tasman and Coral seas. All of the surf spots are at least a few kilometres from land and so are at the mercy of local winds.
The predominant wind in winter is SE. Most south-facing Pacific coasts are onshore or cross shore in these conditions. However most of the quality reef passes on New Caledonia are on the west coast which means the majority of set ups are offshore or at least side/offshore in SE trades. The same trades that effect SE Qld.
This, combined with the fact that New Caledonia picks up plcks up mostly SW to SE swell makes it a pretty enticing autumn/ winter and even early spring surf destination.
New Caledonia is surrounded by a 1700 km barrier reef, which counts 200 passes with surfing potential. The most consistent region is the south west barrier reef, as it offers the best swell and wind conditions.
3 types of reef breaks on the west coast:
- Reef passes: with generally long lefts and rights.
- Reef bends: with generally short sucky lefts.
- Inner lagoon spots: good option for big swells.
Only 1 beach break: Bourail Roche Percée Beach.
New Caledonia Surf Charter
Charters will take you to most of the breaks and there are around 10 known breaks within 8 hours sailing from one end of the island to the other.
- Froggies - short left that works from 1m to 3m.
- Skatepark - long fast left that can start at the take off point at only 0.5m and grows as it swings down the reef to a solid 2m "skate park". Not for the faint-hearted.
- Lighthouse - fast, long, barreling right-hander. Be warned it can get very shallow.
- Dumbea - left long fast barrel. When big, the take off can be similar too a small Teahupoo in Tahiti. Dredging from below sea level, right long steady wall, can get barreled and can be a race to keep up. Works in big swell on low tide.
- Isie - incredibly fast right hand barrel, no time to think just go!!! Finishes in shallow water, booties recommended.
- Tenia - loves a big swell. There are three breaks : two lefts and a right. The left at the pass is the go. It has been surfed at a solid 3m as well as groveled at 0.5m, a great consistent spot with a beautiful island nearby.
Ouano Surf Camp
- Ouano Left - our pride and joy. When working, this wave has three sections that link up. Takeoff outside and pull in for a short tube, race the wall with time for one reo before cutting back to line up for the second gaping barrel, come out and crack off two or three more reos before racing into the third tube section and finish the wave with a few more reos before your legs collapse in from fatigue. Love this wave, usually not much current. Has a tendency to snap boards on the takeoff and can finish very shallow.
- Ouano – The right
The right is a fast wave with a great barrel section but it is less consistent and shorter than the left. This break is just across the pass from the left, about 5 minutes by speedboat. It is a good option with south-west swell direction from 4 to 10 feet, and no wind.
- Other spots - There are other spots, lefts and rights, around the Ouano barrier reef that are good to surf with moderate swells at mid tide.
- Secrets (left) - up to 100m, for experienced surfers. Fast, shallow, steep take offs and deep barrels. Nicknamed Little 'Chopes by Adriano de Souza and Jeremy Flores. Radical wave from 2 to 10 feet.
- Guaro (right) (pronounce GWA ROW) - up to 100m. For all surfers. Fun wave with a fair bit of water under your feet, good for carves; over 6 feet it becomes seriously powerful on the inside section and offers barrel action for serious punters.
- Green Island left - a secondary break that works on specific conditions. For intermediate to experienced surfers. Short, fast, barreling wave, shallow waters at the end. Good from 3 to 6 feet.
- Nera rivermouth (left) - up to 200m. For beginners and longboarders, scarcely good for shortboarders. The wave starts from the rivermouth and dumps on the beach, generally too flat for shortboarders who surf the peaks/shorebreak. Needs big swells.