The coastline of New Caledonia stretches for 2,254 km, and that makes for a lot of exploring:
- Islands’ hop and deep exploration
- Diving: The best diving locations lie in the waters off Hienghene, La Foa, Bourail, Koumac, Isle of Pines and Nouméa where you can spy hidden caves, submerged coral gardens and countless colourful marine life
- Swimming in a giant natural aquarium The Piscine Naturelle: this natural underwater rock pool wonderland teems with thousands of fish in a kaleidoscope of colours.
- Making scientific research around the lagoons with marine biologist Dr Bastien Preuss
- Discovering UNESCO-listed coral ecosystems
- Snorkelling at Grande Terre
- Catching 50 shades of turquoise by floating atop an Isle of Pines lagoon
- Climbing the lighthouses. From the top, you get amazing views of the bush and coral sand of the island. Trying to spot humpback whales: from mid July to mid Sept the mammals travel from Antarctica to New Caledonia to breed and give birth.
- Visiting famous Lifou vanilla plantations
- Learning about Kanak culture.
- Exploring French cuisine with Pacific flair: Thanks to the culinary influence of France, there are plenty of opportunities to secure a good french cuisine. If you want to be a bit more adventurous though then track down the traditional Melanesian Bougna, a combination of chicken and fish with bananas, yams, sweet potatoes and coconut milk all wrapped in banana leaves. It’s then steamed in an earth oven heated by piping hot stones
- Exploring the islands from above by special helicopter tour
125 000 USD for 1 week in July – August (7 nights / 8 days)+ 6% New Caledonia local tax + 30% deposit for expenses
100,000 USD for 1 week in September – October (7 nights / 8 days) + 6% New Caledonia local tax + 30% deposit for expenses
*We guarantee the best possible deal on this experience.
Flexible 1-week (7 nights / 8 days) experience within the following dates:
- From 1st of May 2020 – to end of October 2020
(Availability last up-date: 01.02.2020)
The Yacht: MASTEKA II
Length: 37.10m (121′ 9″)
Year Built (refit): 2009 (2017)
Volume: 254 Gross tons
Cruising speed: 10 knots
Fuel consumption: 160 Litres/Hr
Cabins configuration: 3 Double, 2 Twin
Beds configuration*: 2 Pullman, 1 King, 2 Queen, 4 Single
* Five Spacious guest cabins. Including one King, two queens and two twins. Each of the twin cabins features a large Pullman for additional guests.
Number of guests: 12
Refit/Maintenance Details (2015-2017):
New carpets, full vessel repaint; new state-of-the-art VSAT equipment, fast wifi with extended coverage and new satellite TV system; new watersports equipment; new swim platform; bridge deck upgrades, including a new projector setup for movie nights; SAT-C system (safety equipment); refurbished tender.
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6 crew members
Captain: Perry King, Australian
Perry is very experienced Captain. He has cruised Australia – North to South and East to West, and the Great Barrier Reef extensively; the South Pacific – including Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea; the Indian Ocean.When not on duty, Perry plays golf and loves surfing: he was recently in West Timor catching the waves off Rote Island!
Chef: Shayne Turbin, Australian
Shayne is a classically trained chef in French cuisine but also specialising in world cuisine. Working at numerous high profile restaurants and catering companies since the late 1980s and managing many kitchens around Sydney, he moved to Europe to expand his skills and his knowledge. Shayne was Head Chef of a number of restaurants in the UK and then moved to the French Alps, working as Head Chef of an exclusive chalet. Shayne has a broad knowledge in French, Italian, Spanish, Modern Australian, and Asian cuisine.
Chief Stewardess: Dimity Graham, Australian
She is very enthusiast and service minded, remaining discreet in the same time. She knows how to make the unforgettable time for all the guests on board. When not on duties Dimity enjoys paddle boarding and body surfing, if possible in untouched surroundings. She loves running, hiking, exploring, travelling, and baking.
Dive Instructor /Underwater Photographer/Marine Biologist: Bastien Preuss, French
A doctor in marine biology, his experience in the underwater world of the lagoon is unrivalled. Bastien has carried out several scientific studies particularly in the Southern part of the lagoon, working primarily around the reproduction zones for different species of fish, and geotagging familiars of larger animals like reef sharks in order to understand their genetic structure. Studying in Paris, he then went on and relocated to Montreal then New-Zealand to pursue different degrees in biology and at the National Institute for Water and Atmosphere, before setting home in New Caledonia in 2006. Bastien is also a talented underwater photographer and will capture these incredibly unique moments for you whilst on board MASTEKA 2.
Bastien is available on a daily rate basis, and can be accommodated in the crew quarters.
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