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. World class reef breaks are providing the best surf conditions, for all intermediate and experienced surfers. Beginners are welcome at Bourail or may enjoy some remote spots in the lagoon when the swell is pumping at the reef. SURFSPOTS
“Nouméa sits on the edge of the largest lagoon in the world and has traditionally been a big windsurfing destination. It’s only in the last couple of years that New Caledonia has begun to reveal it’s potential for outer reef barrels to a waiting surf world. Though the waves that have been found here are the equal of anywhere else in the South Pacific, it is unlikely that New Caledonia is ever likely to become as popular as some of it’s neighbouring island states. The reason being that the waves break on reef passes between 5-20km (3-12mi) offshore, and stretched along a 700km (400mi) fringing barrier reef, which is too far for even the most hardcore of paddlers! This means that unless you charter a boat, then you aren’t going to do a lot of surfing.” STORMRIDER GUIDE
Le Lagon : nice location, 100 meters from Anse Vata bay. Easy access to the speedboat departure area. A very good value for money, this hotel has been selected since 2009 and our guests are very happy with this choice. Considered as a 2 stars hotel, it provides good facilities. Enough space to store your surfboards. Discover the Studio Room and One Bedroom Suite, the beauty institute, the heated swiming pool, Spa pool and fitness room.
Nekweta: Accomodation, restaurant and taxi-boat. Operated by a local surfer, all services are taylor made for watermen ! Surfing, fishing, looking for turtles and dolphins, pearfishing, snorkeling … Manu, your host and surf guide, will do his best to provide an unforgettable adventure with lot of fun. Stephanie, his wife, makes awesome dinners with fresh local food, cooked with a french island touch. Nekweta is the place to stay to feel the surf atmosphere in New Cal !
Catamaran: With 3 boats we should now be able to have one available for you and your mates when you want ! Ideal for groups of 6 watermen looking for surfing, snorkeling, relaxing and fishing. All skippers can choose the best surf spot, depending on your skills and weather conditions. Don’t forget that surf charters are probably the best option to discover more than 10 waves on the reef, around Noumea city. Moorages next to small islets. Our network of taxi-boats skipped by local experienced surfers allow us to propose many options for surfing, wherever is your headquarter : Noumea or Bourail.
SURF TRIP NC is a common brand by two local operators, Nekweta Surfcamp and Nautilus Tours, to promote surfaris and surf charters in New Caledonia. All bookings and payments are under the responsibility of Nautilus Tours Ltd, acting as inbound operator with all agreements and guarantees to make your transaction and trip safe.
2847 route du Vallon Dore BP 4574
98810 MONT DORE // New Caledonia
Phone : 687 + 78 59 48
Manager / Seb DAVIGNON
When to Go
Swell comes primarily from the Roaring Forties and is funnelled through the Tasman Sea and onto the SW facing coast of New Caledonia. May to Sept is the prime time with consistent S-SE swells producing 2-10ft (0.5-3m) waves. The swell shadow cast by New Zealand makes for shorter swell duration. The cyclone season also produces occasional E swells but they’re fickle and the spots that break on these swells, like Ile des Pins, are hard to reach. Year round the wind blows primarily from the SE, around 71% of the time in Jan-Feb and 44% of the time in Aug. Most of the reefs face SW, so these winds are cross-shore. From Sept to May the wind has more of an E-SE direction, which is more offshore, but not the prime swell season. During the short dry season, the wind varies a lot more and can blow anywhere from dead offshore NE round to blown out SW. Most of the reefs are effected by the tide. STORMRIDER GUIDE
Weather: The warm, sticky wet season lasts from December to April and the chances of torrential rain and cyclones are always present. The best surf occurs during the dry season (May-Oct), while the best all-round months to visit are Sept-Nov. Deep winter (July-Aug) may feel a little colder than you would expect of a tropical destination. In deep winter, a light shorty for early or windy sessions is recommended, otherwise boardshorts and a rash vest.
If you’re not surfing then onboard activities are limited to sunbathing, fishing or scuba diving. On land there is trekking, horse riding and exploring the many caves. It’s a very safe island, so the only worries are the standard tropical surfing hazards of reef cuts, sun stroke and marine life.
The French influence in New Caledonia is very strong and the standard of living is high. There are no surf shops so bring all your own equipment.