Discovering the Hidden Treasures of New Caledonia
Discover an all-new itinerary in New Caledonia, a world’s end French territory located right in the middle of the South Pacific. A 14-day expedition cruise, with an emphasis on the idyllic lagoons of the Kanak culture.
You will board Le Lapérouse in Auckland. This New Zealand city bordered by two seas will surprise you with its modernity and its cosmopolitan atmosphere. In the far north of New Zealand, you will also fall under the charm of Waitangi, in the Bay of Islands, where you will be able attend a Maori ceremony.
Your ship will then set sail north to reach New Caledonia. After a first stop on Kouare Island, discover the sublime Lifou with its picture-postcard landscapes of white-sand beaches and tropical vegetation.
Further north, the isolated and authentic Bélep Archipelago welcomes you in the heart of a UNESCO-designated lagoon, unique in the world and home to abundant marine biodiversity.
Before disembarking in Nouméa, admire the mysterious beauty of the Chesterfield Islands, lost in the Coral Sea. A real paradise for nature lovers, they offer its rare visitors immaculate long beaches, which provide refuge to thousands of sea birds.
Discovering the Hidden Treasures of New Caledonia itinerary:
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Vessel Type: Yacht
Length: 131 metres
Passenger Capacity: 92 cabins
Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.
Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.
Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.
As it is an essential part of French culture, gastronomy will naturally have pride of place aboard this new ship. Through its two restaurants, Le Lapérouse will invite you on a journey to elegance and epicureanism.
In a relaxed atmosphere, a first dining area located on Deck 3 and able to seat 70 will serve grilled meats daily, along with a variety of salads and desserts.
To the back of Deck 4, you will find a 260 m² panoramic restaurant which can accommodate all of our passengers in a single sitting. Designed differently to that on our other ships, this dining area, which opens onto the outside, will have a buffet of salads, desserts and cheeses at your disposal. Our discreet and attentive crew will provide table service for hot meals.
Le Lapérouse has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger.
A 140 m² reception area includes: A reception/concierge desk, An excursions desk, The ship’s administrative services, The sales office, manned by our Guest Relations Officer, Our 50 m² boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories, Toilets accessible to passengers with reduced mobility.
A new hydraulic platform with adjustable height provides: Easier boarding than on any other cruise ship, Easier Zodiac embarkation and disembarkation for expeditions, Easier access to the sea for swimming and practising various water sports such as kayaking or paddle-boarding.
A pool deck offering: A pool with a panoramic view, equipped with a counter-current swimming system, A pleasant solarium, An outdoor bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas.
A 200 m² main lounge which can accommodate all of our passengers to share convivial moments and to host activities organised during the day or evening.
Lastly, a theatre that seats 188, equipped with: The latest sound and lighting technology, A LED wall as the stage backdrop, for the projection of high-resolution images and videos.
• Zodiac® outings & shore visits with your expedition team.
• Discover the tropical lagoons of New Caledonia, an exceptional example of UNESCO-designated coral reef ecosystems, such as the Bélep archipelago in the large Northern Lagoon.
• Hienghene, with its black limestone cliffs, and the discovery of the arts and traditions of the Kanak culture.
• For the very first time, a call at the Chesterfield Islands, an archipelago lost in the Coral Sea teeming with sea birds and sea turtles.