I love New Caledonia! It is definitely cooler and requires warm clothing in the late afternoon but the cruising ground is amazing! There are little islands everywhere and many safe anchorages to run to if the wind gets up:) We can often find an island all to ourselves and they are so beautiful:) The water is a rainbow of turquoise blues, crystal clear and the sand a beautiful white coral:) There is an abundance of turtles and we have seen several dugongs! It is absolutely amazing! The islands are well set up for families with campfires around the island for campers and day trippers to use.
Ron and I had a week to ourselves here before Rod, Myfil and Amber came. We loved it. We did a recon of the area to map out a rough idea of where to take them as we decided against going to the Ile de Pins as we didn’t want the girls to get seasick. And there was absolutely no need anyway as there is so much to see without going all that way:)
We stayed on the marina for 2 nights when we first arrived and again when Rod and family arrived in Noumea. The marina is right beside the fish markets and produce markets. There is live music in the weekends and the place is buzzing with a very festive air. A great place to provision the boat although we still need to walk to the supermarket for the rest of the provisions. It is not too far and I take my trolley cart so don’t have to carry it by hand. Not a bad life!
Our House batteries which run our 240v system have died. Rod organised some replacements to be shipped from New Zealand at a good price so we are waiting for them to arrive so we can swap them over. Rod also sent new cables so it should be a straight forward process. All going well….