Fly Odyssey has been sending clients and hosting group trips to New Caledonia, which is on our doorstep, for many years now, and we still regard it as one of the consistently memorable fly-fishing adventures in the Pacific.
Located in the heart of the South Pacific, New Caledonia, a French territory is also home to the world’s largest lagoon and is surrounded by a stunning coral reef that spans 1600 kilometres in length – the second largest after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. These geographic features have resulted in sandflat habitats and healthy marine ecosystem where XL Bonefish and Trevally flourish, ensuring plenty of great fly fishing opportunities.
Travelling north from Noumea past stunning mountain ranges, rainforests, waterfalls, rivers, beaches and remote communities, New Caledonia is also a great destination for couples, families and small groups on self-drive itineraries with a range of sights and activities available including some of the most pristine coral reef dive and snorkelling sites found worldwide.
With bonefish averaging 8lb’s and fish landed to 13lb’s on foot, the fishery is not one where you will necessarily land big numbers of fish each day, however, it is a destination for intermediate to advanced fly fishermen looking to land that trophy of a lifetime.
As family customs continue to be practised by many of the indigenous Kanak communities in the north, permission is necessary in order to enter and fish in this beautiful part of the world.
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