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 New Caledonia

Australia & Pacific

Better known for diving, New Caledonia has a great surf potential. But you need a boat: only one spot is on the mainland. The others are far (more than 5km...) all along the barrier reef. Many passes have a surf potential, but swells are not very consistent.

The locals are all super cool even at the best spots and are more likely to hoot you in to one than to kick your ass. The crowds are very thin and mellow even if you dont speak French they'll be cool.

Location: Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Australia
Geographic coordinates: 21° 30' S, 165° 30' E
Coastline km: 2,254 km km
Climate: tropical; modified by southeast trade winds; hot, humid
Terrain: coastal plains with interior mountains
Elevation: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: Mont Panie 1,628 m
Natural hazards: cyclones, most frequent from November to March
Currency: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc (XPF)
Population: 221,943 (July 2007 est.)
Languages: French (official), 33 Melanesian-Polynesian dialects
Capital: Noumea
Divisions: none (overseas territory of France); 3 provinces: Province des Iles, Province Nord, and Province Sud

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Water temp. 26°C
Air temp. 24°C

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Quality Direction Type Frequ Experience
Dumbea left 7 / -
Left Reef-coral Experienced surfers
Dumbéa Right 3 / -
Right Reef-coral All surfers
Fausse passe 6 / -
Left Reef-coral Pros or kamikaze only...
Guaro 2 / -
Right Reef-coral All surfers
Néra Rivermouth 5 / -
Right and left Rivermouth Beginners wave
Noumea pass 2 / -
Left Reef-coral Experienced surfers
Ouano 12 / -
Left Reef-coral Experienced surfers
St Vincents - / -
Left Reef-coral All surfers


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By CarolineGrossi , 20-09-2017

RE: - I've never been there, but I can imagine ow beautiful this place is!

By kyuki , 04-09-2011

wow - there was some french dude ripping on the Hawaiians. That guy probably just cant cut it. I had a blast down there, well we sailed in there on our own boat. There's a kinda secret spot off of ilse de pine. It's hard to get to and the channel has some ripping current which makes for bad anchoring. But the wave sucks up fast and throws out when it's big. I heard they tow in there when it's really big.

By Marc , 29-09-2010

My trip - Third time i came in new caledonia for 10 days surf trip. Always wind early in the morning. The spots are crowded even by the SUP ! Very expensive ! And on first page of the news Scuba divers have seen white sharks ! Come back in France as soon as possible !!!

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