Originally Posted by Sunnygirl
Jim, well done, thanks, really useful, we depart Qld. Southport Monday! We have a few weeks in NC then leave Sunny in Noumea for a few weeks and return by air to explore more - then - either sail to NZ or back to Aus for summer.
Q, What do you suggest as introductory NC cruises?
Mike and Tessa.
PS what's your current
G'Day Mike & Tessa,
First, I assumed that you will be travelling on Aussie passports. You guys, and most others, are granted 90 days on your simple entry visa, issued on arrival. If per chance you are on Yank p/p, you only get 30 days. Must have been something we said...
Anyway, the canonical cruise
for newbies in NC is Noumea-B. de Prony-Il de Pins and back via the southern lagoon
. This is easy, and I-de-P is truly beautiful (if a bit touristy). You will find that of the 400 +/- boats that arrive in NC each year, 90% never leave Noumea. Of the 10% that do venture out, 90% do the above circuit. This means that the rest of NC is little visited, and if some seclusion and some non-touristy exploring is your thing, going north from Noumea is rewarding. Even better is to circumnavigate Grande Terre, spending some time in the very seldom visited Northern lagoon
and the Belep group of islands. Expect to take 6+ weeks to do the circuit.
There is a cruising guide available in both book and DVD
format. If you don't already have it, can be bought on arrival at Marina Moselle. The DVD
version is well done, but a bit pricey. If you use CM93 charts
, you will find that recent issues are quite complete and very accurate. Paper charts
are available in NOumea.
Our plan??? Well, we're in the States now... Ann is recovering from having titanium knees installed, and the time line isn't well defined. Hope to be back aboard in the spring, and if she is seaworthy
enough we'll head
for Tassie for the summer, then likely back to NC the following winter. Our plans at best are written in the sand at low water
Cheers and have a great sail to NC and enjoy the place.
Jim and Ann