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in New Caledonia

Colourful boards, kites, and sails are an integral part of New Caledonia’s breathtaking scenery. With conveniently located sites, often just minutes from the city centre, boardsports are deeply ingrained in the local culture. With year-round sunshine, vibrant bays, and a sports-centric atmosphere, Nouméa sometimes resembles the Californian coast. Whether it’s kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing, or other water sports, find out below why New Caledonia is a top choice for riders from across the globe!

Embracing ideal conditions

White sandy beaches, consistent winds, warm water temperatures throughout the year, shallow waters sheltered by the coral reef – New Caledonia offers all the prerequisites for board sports enthusiasts to explore countless playgrounds in a dreamlike setting. You can enjoy sailing on the world’s largest lagoon year-round, but the prime period is from November to March, when the trade winds are well-established, and temperatures hover between 25 and 30°C. No wetsuit needed here – all you require is a swimsuit and lycra for sun protection. Perfect your tan while gliding across the water in a postcard-worthy landscape.

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Despite my lack of experience in Stand-Up Paddle, we all paddled out into the lagoon this morning. I couldn’t miss this chance to reach those beautiful translucent waters, and I ended up having a fantastic time.

Daniela Brunner, Caledonian Dream season 2

Access unique, less travelled spots

In stark contrast to the overcrowded spots in Australia or Bali, New Caledonia offers the joy of surfing in tranquil settings, whether you prefer a solitary outing or a small group of friends. Access to the most secluded beaches and pristine wilderness locations can be arranged via water taxis. These days on the sea will let you engage with the locals, immerse yourself in board sports, and enjoy a truly authentic experience.

Swimming in turquoise waters

New Caledonia is a haven for riders with its consistent waves, and it’s equally enchanting for nature enthusiasts, boasting a UNESCO World Heritage lagoon and numerous protected marine reserves. Whether you’re near the islets or on the reef, the water is incredibly clear, making it perfect for switching between riding and swimming. You’ll easily spot the white sandy bottom beneath your board, so don’t forget your GoPro to capture some unforgettable moments

Observe marine animals during your session

Regardless of your chosen board sport – surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing – engaging with these activities in harmony with the elements allows you to explore otherwise inaccessible landscapes. While cruising or taking a break between sessions, encountering dolphins, turtles, dugongs, and other inquisitive marine creatures is not uncommon. Often found near islets, these moments offer opportunities for snorkelling to observe a vibrant underwater world teeming with colourful fish and coral. Make sure to pack your gear!

Frequently asked questionCan I bring my own equipment?

If you plan to bring your own equipment, be sure to check your airline’s baggage regulations before your departure.

Attend a sporting event or competition

New Caledonia is a mecca for riders and international competitions. Various championship stages and sporting events are regularly held, welcoming enthusiasts and pros from around the world in a friendly, sports-focused ambiance. New Caledonian riders shine on both the French and global boardsports scene.