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10 October 2019

Diving and Sailing Vacation Tips

Are you planning your first sailing trip sprinkled with some diving? Get ready for a world of excitement and unforgettable adventures. However, if you don’t plan your trip well, you will get to bring home nothing but bad memories. Luckily, with these tips, your vacation will be smooth and beautiful. [...]

09 October 2019

What to Wear To A Boat Party

With our busy and hectic lives, often filled with a lot of work-related stress, we start to feel like we need some fun and relaxing time. Just a couple of stress-free and adventurous hours, spent with the people we love, embracing the positive vibes and gathering new and much-needed energy for all the [...]

09 August 2019

The Ultimate Family Packing List for Sailing

We didn’t think this would come this fast, but summer is in full swing and it will finish sooner than we think, so it’s high time we made some final decisions on where to go and what to do until we go back to the coats and the rainy days. So, one way to celebrate this year’s summer is to opt for [...]

18 March 2019 | New Caledonia

New Caledonia: A Perfect Sailing Destination

If there were ever a more idyllic sailing destination in the expansive Pacific Ocean, then it's New Caledonia. The enthralling symbiosis of French and Malaysian cultures paired with mesmerizing natural vistas that span islands, lagoons, and coral reefs, make for the perfect backdrop for a sailing adventure [...]

Diving and Sailing Vacation Tips

10 October 2019
Marie Nieves
Are you planning your first sailing trip sprinkled with some diving? Get ready for a world of excitement and unforgettable adventures. However, if you don’t plan your trip well, you will get to bring home nothing but bad memories. Luckily, with these tips, your vacation will be smooth and beautiful.


Consult the Internet

If you don’t know where to start with planning, consult the Internet and find reviews from other travellers. Websites like Yelp and Trip Advisor are great because they offer tips on where to sail, where to dive and where to eat. ScubaEarth is also a great source of info with dive site ratings, photos and comments from fellow divers.


Pick your destination

Think about the type of sailing and diving experience you want. If you want something lux and high-tech, choose places like Malta. On the other hand, if you want a more authentic wreck dive, check out North Carolina coast or the Yongala in Australia. If you wish to sail past some specific sites or dive with certain animals like sharks, pick French Polynesia instead of the Mediterranean coast.

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Pack light

Necessary baggage will just weigh you down, so pack light. Keep your clothing neatly rolled and transport your expensive gear like your diving camera and computer in your carry-on luggage. A durable gear bag will also be a nice investment before your trip.

Divers usually struggle with airline weight restriction rules, so make sure to calculate your overweight fees and see what pays off better—bringing your own gear or renting when you arrive. You can also save a lot of money if you choose to purchase gear at your destination. You’re always able to buy quality scuba diving equipment online and get it delivered to your hotel room. This way, you can travel light at least on your way to your destination.


Splurge on sun protection

While you’ll feel pretty cool during your sailing trip thanks to the wind and comfy temperatures, don’t neglect sun protection. If you combine tropical sun with water and sail reflection, you can end up with severe sunburns. So, pack plenty of sunscreens (at least SPF 15) and put on some quality sunglasses and a protective hat.


Stay safe

While most chartered sailing boats have first aid kit on board, don’t hesitate to pack some extra band-aids, antibacterial creams, pain relievers, seasickness meds, digestive meds and bug spray. It’s much better if you don’t have to use them than to find yourself in a crisis situation without any aid. Just remember to keep all your prescription drugs in their original containers to avoid any issues at Customs. Also, pack some extra medication in case you choose to prolong your vacation or experience delays.
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Stay dry

When sailing and diving, you’ll be close to the water at all times, so protecting your important documents needs to be at the top of your list. Pack a few zip lock bags that will keep your documents and money dry and be perfect for packing damp swimsuits and dirty laundry. And if you choose to purchase some Caribbean rum or Australian wine, these zip lock bags will prevent any leaks in your suitcase.


Pack some entertainment

You’ll have plenty of downtime on your sailing trip, especially during inter-island passage or in the anchorage. Pack some fun items like playing cards, books, CDs and other items that will keep you and your family and friends busy and entertained. Also, don’t forget to pack some good binoculars. While most vessels already have a pair aboard, don’t risk anything and bring your own set for enjoying the surroundings and watching other boats.


Don’t forget your certificates

Dive centres and resorts require you to have your certification with you, so don’t forget to pack your certification card. Carry it with your passport and insurance, so you’ll be less likely to forget it at home. If you lose your card and realize it before your trip, you can order a new one from your dive centre or do it online. There are even e-cards you can get in just a few minutes. These can be stored in your smartphone or Cloud, so you won’t lose them again.


If you pick a good destination for your needs and pack like a boss, you’ll have a fun, relaxing and adventure-filled sailing and diving vacation. So, follow these tips and embark as soon as possible—never waste time when it comes to sailing and diving!

What to Wear To A Boat Party

09 October 2019
Marie Nieves
With our busy and hectic lives, often filled with a lot of work-related stress, we start to feel like we need some fun and relaxing time. Just a couple of stress-free and adventurous hours, spent with the people we love, embracing the positive vibes and gathering new and much-needed energy for all the challenges that are about to come our way. Simply speaking, we need to attend a party. And there is no better party than the one held on a boat. That is why you should take advantage of the sunny weather, dress fashionably, and have the best time at a boat party. Follow the next few tips and get your perfect look for this occasion.

A lovely swimsuit is a must
The staple piece of nautical fashion is most certainly swimwear. A stylish swimsuit is perfect for lounging on the deck and sunbathing, as well as when you and your friends decide to have a dip in the ocean. You may opt for a gorgeous combination of a timeless triangle bikini and a pair of flattering high-waisted bikini bottoms, over which you can wear some light denim shorts. Another great option is an elegant one-piece, and you can feel free to go with either monochromatic white or black, or a swimsuit that has vertical stripes. Vertical stripes are not only perfect for a sailing adventure, but they also look quite aesthetically complimentary. However, the best solution would certainly be to bring at least two swimsuits options with you, and change when you get out of the water or when you simply want to refresh your look.
boat party

Keep it classic with a linen suit
When you go to a boat party, you are going to move a lot, climb on and off the boat, socialize and even dance. That is why you should not go for an over-the-top cocktail dress or a combination of silk trousers and a blouse. If you still decide to go for a classic, suit-like outfit, opt for lightweight materials such as linen. A white button-down, with rolled-up sleeves, together with a pair of wide-leg trousers is a fashionable, yet effortless look. Additionally, you can easily swap up your trousers for a pair of chic linen shorts. You can even spice up this look with some delicate gold jewellery, such as a thin gold necklace and a few gold bracelets.

Opt for a charming dress
Once more, you should go for 100 percent natural fabrics, like cotton. You can go for a romantic off-the-shoulder midi dress with a colourful, floral pattern or even rock a dress shirt, preferably one with nautical blue and white stripes. A breezy maxi dress is another great option for a boat party, as you can easily move and dance while wearing it and it can also serve as a cute cover-up for your swimsuit. As for the accessories, simple diamond studs or even an on-trend seashell inspired necklace will perfectly finish off any of these looks.
boat party

Say no to high heels
There is no room for high heels on a boat and that is why comfy sneakers are a great casual option. In case you want to achieve a bit more sophisticated look, you can go for flat sandals or trendy slides. In any case, just make sure the soles of your footwear are light-coloured in order not to damage the boat deck.

Don’t forget your hat and sunglasses
A hat is one of the most useful fashion accessories on a boat, as it will protect your skin from the harmful UV lights. A big, straw hat is a great-looking and polished option for time spent on the boat but if you want to keep it practical, you can always go for a popular bucket hat. Next on are sunglasses. Bring a pair of classy sunglasses to look stylish, but also to protect your eyes.

boat party

A spacious tote bag is your best accessory
There are a lot of things that you may want to bring to a boat party, starting from snacks to swimsuits and sunscreen, so any small bag is out of the option. However, a tote bag has as much space as you may need and it is also a trendy item, thus, it is the best option for you.

Finally, follow the above-mentioned tips and prepare on time for an amazing boat party. Be stylish and enjoy while spending time with your friends and have a beautiful day out on the water.

The Ultimate Family Packing List for Sailing

09 August 2019
Marie Nieves
We didn’t think this would come this fast, but summer is in full swing and it will finish sooner than we think, so it’s high time we made some final decisions on where to go and what to do until we go back to the coats and the rainy days. So, one way to celebrate this year’s summer is to opt for sailing, which is always an amazing adventure that is guaranteed to make us feel good and provide us with some of the most unforgettable memories of the year. However, since it’s almost time to set off, let’s see the most important things for packing, so as not to forget something. What should you pack first, what second, and what things can you leave at home?

The essential documents
First off, start with the mandatory documents that you should always have by your side. Make sure that your charter contracts and travel documents are with you, and also bring any licenses that you might have or need. Apart from that, bring your passport and your ID – these are the things that you won’t be able to buy anywhere else, so putting them in the most secure place of your luggage is recommended. As far as money is concerned, you might not need a lot of money on your sailing trip, but you will definitely need an amount that you will spend on lunches and dinners at some of the most beautiful and picturesque restaurants of the coasts you will be visiting. Pay attention to the currency (as you don’t want to make a mistake and stay without lunch or dinner), and the place you will be keeping your money. Ziploc bags are, for example, the best option in case of an accident.

What clothes to bring
Regardless of the time that you will be spending on your yachting trip, you have to pack clothes for any type of weather. First of all, make sure that you pack tracksuits and a hoodie just in case it gets chilly. Having something long-sleeved is a must. Secondly, bring your swimsuits (more than one). If you are traveling with your kids, make sure to pack them first and then move on to yourself. They will be spending a lot of time on the ground, playing around and getting dirty, so you might want to look for a kids’ clothes sale in order to save some money but still have them look super cute. Finally, once you have everything ready for all of you (including shorts, t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants and swimsuits), don’t forget to bring underwear, socks and towels.

sailing family

Talking about shoes
As far as shoes are concerned, you don’t need anything special. Bring flip flops and sandals as these are the shoes that you will be wearing the most. However, it’s good to have a pair of good sneakers (preferably white as these look best in summer) and, if you want, a pair or two of summer formal shoes for dinners or special lunches. Ladies, you can opt for high heels, of course, but don’t waste a lot of space – one pair will do.

Care about your skin
And finally, skincare products. So, apart from the sunglasses and the hats that you are bringing, make sure to bring the best sunscreen that you have. The higher the SPF, the better the UV protection. You want water-proof and oil-free sunblock since you will be reapplying it at least 3 times a day on your yachting trip. An important disclaimer that many people who sail forget: do not use any tanning oil as it might stain the fabric or the wood of the yacht (which means extra work trying to remove it). Finally, make sure to bring your lip balm as well because the sun and the sea can play tricks on your lips and you want them fresh and good-looking.

Packing for a sailing trip is like packing for any other trip, with some differences. It’s important to think about your stay on the yacht, and only then focus on the things you will be wearing when you go out. Documents and passports first – everything else second. Have a great trip!

New Caledonia: A Perfect Sailing Destination

18 March 2019 | New Caledonia
Marie Nieves
If there were ever a more idyllic sailing destination in the expansive Pacific Ocean, then it's New Caledonia. The enthralling symbiosis of French and Malaysian cultures paired with mesmerizing natural vistas that span islands, lagoons, and coral reefs, make for the perfect backdrop for a sailing adventure of a lifetime. Whether you're traveling alone or with your family, New Caledonia and its bustling capital of Noumea have everything you need for an unforgettable boating experience.

sailing New Caledonia

With fair weather all year round and plenty of enthralling sailing destinations to visit and explore, the only thing left to do is to book your flight and pack your bags! Here are the top sailing destinations in the French colony of New Caledonia.


Sailing the New Caledonian Lagoon
The mainland is, of course, the place to kick-start your grand sailing adventure, as you will be touching down in the capital of Noumea. From here, you will be able to venture out into the expansive ocean, circle the mainland, and visit breathtaking natural locations off the coast such as the Isle of Pines, Ouvea and Lifou Islands.

sailing New Caledonia lagoon

You can launch your exploration journey from the Port Moselle, venturing south towards the Isle of Pines and the atolls that crown the southern fringe of the mainland. The sailboat charter fleet consists of sturdy catamarans, ideal for navigating the narrow reef passages and mooring close to shore to disembark easily. The winds in this region are favorable throughout the year, coming in from the southeast at around sixteen knots, creating excellent conditions for smooth sailing.

The beauty of Isle of Pines
There is a little island gem hidden in the southern shadow of the mainland, just across the shore and over the atolls along the way. The little island is called Isle of Pines, and it is quickly becoming one of the most popular sailing and luxury resort destinations in the world. Praised for its breathtaking natural beauty and a unique secluded setting, the Isle of Pines is a place you want to sail to, but also explore on foot.

canoe isle of Pines

Once you have set sail from Noumea, you will continue south towards the Islands. Seeing as how the Isle of Pines is among the most popular New Caledonia luxury travel deals that entail fine dining and luxury accommodation, it only stands to reason to disembark here and enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Take this opportunity to explore the island on foot, making sure to visit the Piscine Naturelle while you're there.

Exploring the Caledonian waters
Turning your gaze towards the eastern waters of the mainland and the Isle of Pines, you will find yourself sailing towards the Loyalty Islands. To reach Lifou and Ouvea islands in this breathtaking historic archipelago, allow yourself at least two weeks' time, as there will be plenty of sightseeing opportunities along the way you simply won't be able to resist.

sailing New Caledonia

The voyage will be mostly downwind and calm, allowing you to sail at speed and enjoy the beautiful vistas of the open sea. Once you've reached Ouvea, you can take a return flight back to Noumea instead of sailing all the way back, against the winds at that.

The contrasts of Prony Bay
Residing on the southern fringe of the mainland you will find Prony Bay - the industrial center of the region known for its contrasting look that seems to defy the will of its natural surroundings. The bay is a beautiful sight to explore, as you will have the chance to witness the inner workings of the island's nickel industry paired with the sights and sounds of its natural wonders.

sailing New Caledonia

Anchoring here will allow you to gaze at the colorful display of shells that have made Prony Bay popular in the sailing community. While there, be sure to go snorkeling and diving at Aiguille Needle, the bay's most popular spire soaring 35 meters above sea level.

Parting words
New Caledonia truly is a sight to behold, both on land and from the comfort of your catamaran out in the open sea. With these top destinations in mind, there is nothing left to do but to set sail around one of the most exotic cruising locations in the world.
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