New Caledonia - General Info
Voltage: 220 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
LPG bottles cannot be re-filled, they can only be exchanged.
Propane is not available, only butane.
Most shops and offices open from 7:30 - 11:30 am and 1:30 - 6pm closing for lunch. Banks and the Post Office stay open during lunch but close earlier at 3:45 pm. Some shops open on Saturday and supermarkets open on Sunday morning. The Noumea Market with its local produce is held daily at the Baie de la Moselle. It opens from 5am-11am and is closed the 3rd Monday of the month.
Last updated December 2008.
French Pacific franc (CFP Fr) of 100 centimes. It has a fixed rate to the Euro [1 Euro = 119.332 CFP).
Credit cards are accepted by most businesses and tourist resports.
International Dialing Code for New Caledonia is +687.
New Caledonia - Mobile phones & Internet
The 3G/4G mobile network now covers almost all of New Caledonia and is at last available to visitors using the pay in advance "LIBERTE" SIM cards, which are inexpensive, and work on unlocked phones.
New Caledonia mobile phone coverage extends to most of the lagoon and anchorages around Grande Terre and the other islands, so you can stay in touch by email or check the Internet for weather reports using your phone.
In some anchorages it helps to have an external antenna or to use a WiFi connection between the phone and your computer and hoist the phone up to the spreaders.
The Cruising New Caledonia website (and guide) has full details of what you'll need and how to set it up. Visit http://ncvan.us/nci
There is also a Wi-Fi i-Net service in Noumea and Isle of Pines. i-Net sells a week's open ended high speed WiFi connection with i-Net.
The City of Noumea offers free WiFi in the Place des Cocotiers in central downtown Noumea. Port Moselle Marina now offers free Wi-Fi to visitors on the marina's visitor's wharf.
There are numerous Internet Cafes around Noumea.
International roaming is another option, however costs tend to be very high.
See Pacific List of Radio Nets
The Namba Net operates now on 8101 because 6 megs became too noisy. It is at 0815 hrs local time for vessels cruising New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
Please note that the Namba net only operates when there are sufficient cruisers prepared to act as net controllers. Ideally 7 people but it usually starts with 4. It starts usually sometime in June and finishes in October. The 8 meg frequency covers Vanuatu. New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands and the Louisades.
Last updated March 2017.
La Grande Terre, Loyalty Islands and the Isle of Pines all have an excellent network of roads. Major roads are all sealed. Driving is on the right hand side of the road and rental cars are widely available. A valid driving licence is required to rent a car - the visitor centre has a list of companies. Taxis, mopeds and motorbikes are also available.
Police - Dial 17
Ambulance - Dial 18
Maritime Police - Dial 16
Fire - Dial 18
IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club
Cruising Guide to New Caledonia
Electronic cruising guide available on CD
By Frederique and Richard Chesher (continually updated)
Cruisers say "it's worth the cost", all the info you need and comes with tested GPS routes and waypoints. The website also has alot of useful free information re. cruising NC.
The Pacific Crossing Guide
By Kitty Van Hagen
3rd Edition October 2016
See The Pacific Crossing Guide 3rd Edition
South Pacific Handbook
By David Stanley
Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 8th Revised edition (28 Jan 2005)
From lagoon swimming in the Cook Islands to witnessing the race of the banana bearers in the Heiva i Tahiti festival, travellers will find the best of the South Pacific both popular and obscure in this guidebook.
Landfalls of Paradise: Cruising Guide to the Pacific Islands
By Earl Hinz
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press; 5th Revised edition edition (1 May 2006)
The fifth edition of this sailing standard includes updated charts and text reflecting changes in regulations and facilities for most countries and specific ports of entry. New appendices include procedures for entry to Australia, which are more exacting than most Pacific landfalls, and an extensive list of information sources: cruising guidebooks, important general tourist guides, chart suppliers, and key web sites for the countries covered by "Landfalls of Paradise".
South Pacific Anchorages
By Warwick Clay
Publisher: Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson Ltd; 2nd edition (January 1, 2001)
Warwick Clay's cruising guide covers the South Pacific from the Mariana Islands in the northwest across to the Galapagos in the east then down passed Easter Island to New Zealand in the Southwest.
British Admiralty Pacific Islands Pilot Vol ll(The Central Groups)
Published by UK Admiralty and available from Imray Publications (13th edn 2017)
ISBN : 9780707718330 (ref. NP061)
This covers the islands of the South-West Part of the Pacific Ocean including: Nouvelle-Calédonie and îles Loyauté Vanuata, Banks and Torres Islands, Santa Cruz Islands, Fiji Islands, Samoa Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati (Gilbert and Phoenix Groups), Marshall Islands.
Cruising Guide to New Caledonia (South Pacific)
By Joel Marc, Marc Raubeau, Ross Blackman
Publisher TBC - 3rd Edition (2001)
Long out of print and very difficult to find
An anchorage and general yachting guide to this South Pacific island. Illustrated with B/W and color photos and maps and sketch charts, this book will help you plan and get the most from a New Caledonia cruising adventure. Covers arrival and departure formalities, general information on New Caledonia, transportation, where to buy fuel, food and lodging, diving and fishing, conservation of marine reserves, health, weather, tides and currents, aids to navigation, anchoring, and more.
A useful blog on some great anchorages off the beaten track in New Caledonia.
New Caledonia Lagoon
Substantial image library of beaches, seascapes, underwater, marine life and marine activities in New Caledonia.
Internet Resources for Cruising NC & the South Pacific
By the guide - Cruising New Caledonia
November 2016: Immigration updated.
November 2015: Customs checked.
June 2015: Publications checked
March 2015: Clearance updates from SV Wild Fox.
September 2014: Immigration updated.
November 2013: Formalities updated from infomation sent by Marc Arav.
October 2012: All formalities checked and updated with local officials thanks to John Neal of SY Mahina Tiare III.
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