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French kiss: 7 days in New Caledonia on board Masteka 2

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Château Royal Beach Resort & Spa

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Captain Matt Stafford, of 37 metreMasteka 2, which is available for charter with Ocean Alliance and is the first foreign superyacht to be granted a commercial charter permit in New Caledonia, explains how to explore this slice of France in the South Pacific

Day 1: Château Royal Beach Resort

Spend the night before your charter at the Château Royal Beach Resort & Spa and get into the holiday mindset with a treatment at the hotel’s Aqua Royal Spa. The next morning meet Masteka 2 and cruise south to Baie de la Tortue (Turtle Bay) on Ile Ouen. Enjoy an introductory snorkel off the beach looking out for loggerhead turtles, before a secluded night at anchor.

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Kuto Bay

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Masteka 2 will make the 47nm cruise to the deserted beaches and wild coastline of L’Île des Pins. Anchor in Kuto Bay and tender ashore for a freshly caught seafood lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, a private guide will lead a tour of the island, including the Grotto of Queen Hortense, where the daughter of the Great Chief Kaoua Vendégou took refuge during tribal wars in the 1850s.

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Nokanhui and Île Moro

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In the morning discover the cerulean waters of Nokanhui, which can be accessed only with authorisation from the local tribe. Then cruise to Île Moro and after an afternoon of watersports dine on Bougna, a traditional banana leaf dish made from pieces of chicken, lobster or fish with yams, bananas, sweet potatoes and coconut milk.

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