More than a dozen yachts have announced plans to charter this season in Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, Vanuatu and more—and the options for clients are expected to keep growing.
Off the usual South Pacific cruising paths, New Caledonia offers unsurpassed snorkeling and diving in the world’s largest lagoon, and a lively indigenous culture. The owner of the 164-foot (50-meter) motoryacht Mary Jean, who spent time there earlier this year, takes us on a diving journey around this little-known but incredible territory.
French Polynesia exercises a powerful attraction. The islands, which cover an area about the size of Western Europe, have plenty of appeal despite their geographic isolation. Of late, they seem to attract more private and charter yachts, many based in the Society Islands.
To all those who bemoan today’s world—adventure all gone, everything already discovered—I’d say: Let them take a voyage through Indonesia. According to CIA records, the area includes 17,508 islands. During the second year of circumnavigation, Whale Song’s three-month stay just whetted the appetite for more.