We may finally have a weather window that will allow us to make the passage from Vanuatu to New Zealand. At this time of the year, NZ has wild Spring weather with storm after storm coming in off the Tasman Sea (from the West). The storms are about 3-4 days apart so we have to time carefully to be able to do the passage and arrive in time to avoid running into the next storm coming...
A friend of mine recently asked me about cruising the western Caribbean and transiting the Panama Canal. In the process of replying in email, I realized it was going to be a fairly long response that might be better served on our website where more people could see it.
Great holding, sheltered from most wind directions and a really nice local resort (Ratua Island Resort) onshore with a good restaurant and bar. They also put on a wonderful beach BBQ and allowed us to participate as well. Be sure to stop by and say hello from Feelin' Good!
New Caledonia was a great time for all of us and we enjoyed a huge diversity of activities and geography during our three months there. The diving was extraordinary and a separate photo gallery will showcase what we experienced underwater however these photos document what we did topside. Enjoy!
Our first anchorage once we left Port Vila just had to be Lelepa Island. Last September we spent some time here and loved it. The winds this time caused us to come around to the west side of the island to remain protected from the eastern trade winds.
Since we arrived in New Caledonia at the end of April, we have experienced a brush with Cyclone Donna, wonderful diving and island BBQ's, a visit from Eric and extraordinary islands, atolls and reclusive anchorages. New Caledonia has it all along with a vibrant capital city complete with any provision you'd like (as long as you are prepared to pay dearly for it!).
About 60nm south of Noumea lies the Isle des Pins. It's outside the South Lagoon so you have to cross a bit of ocean to get here but we picked a very nice day to cruise across without any wind and no swell to speak of.