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Location

Noumea is located on the south western tip of the main island and is the capital of New Caledonia. It is the only official Port of Entry.

The city offers plenty of services for cruising boats with a good boatyard at Nouville Plaisance and marinas in Port Moselle and Baie de L'Orphelinat. Cruisers have reported however that finding space in marinas for anything more than a few days, and boatyards for hard standing, is very difficult, and booking well in advance is advised.

This is a busy military, shipping and cruise liner harbour.

Position 22°16.6'S, 166°26.12'E (marina entrance).

Clearance

See New Caledonia/Formalities page for detailed information on Clearance, Immigration and Customs.

Approach
On approaching Noumea, call Port Moselle Marina or Port du Sud marina on channel 67, giving the vessel name, length and last port of call and stating that you would like to clear in when possible. The Q flag and a French courtesy flag should be flown.

Arrival
Berth at the visitor pontoon (marked with a yellow cross) at Port Moselle marina or at Port du Sud marina,  or anchor just outside Port Moselle (out of the shipping channels) and dinghy into the marina office, who will give you instructions as to what to do next. Everyone must remain on board for at least 2 hours. If no Customs officer has arrived in that time, you allowed to leave the boat.

If arriving at night, anchor in the anchorage in Baie de Moselle, outside the marina breakwater. Take care, as there are often many unlit boats anchored in the bay.

Last updated March 2017.

Direction Regionale des Douanes de Nouvelle Caledonie
1 rue de la Republique, BP 13, 98845 Noumea
Opening hours: 08:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00(Mon-Thurs) 08:00-12:00, 13:00-15:00(Fri)

Docking

There are four marinas here suitable for visiting yachts, 3 in Baie de l'Orphelinat and 1 in Port Moselle. Anchoring is permitted in certain areas of Petite Rade and Baie de l'Orphelinat. Contact the Port Moselle Port Captain (VHF Ch. 67) for details of where is permitted. There is a secure dinghy dock at Port Moselle Marina, for which a weekly charge is made including use of showers and toilets.

Note that stays for visitors is limited. Port Moselle state on their website; Visitors' length of stay is limited to 3 days during the high cruising season (May 15 to December 15), and 6 days during low season (the rest of the year).

Last updated June 2016.

Marina de Ouenghi
Baie de Saint-Vincent , 25 miles north-west of Noumea at , 21° 54.2'S, 166° 03.5'E
Tel:(687) 44 55 22
A small marina situated on the eastern side of the Baie de Saint-Vincent. Depth approx. 1.5m, less than 50 berths of which many are free. Maximum LOA of 18m. Has fuel, water and electricity facilities as well as a dry storage area for small boats. Showers/Toilets and WiFi.
People in charge kind and helpful. Less than 10 miles from the Tontouta international airport.
Port Brunelet
Baie de l'Orphelinat (south side)
Places for 122 boats (10 - 25 meters) but no liveaboards. For more information contact the Port Moselle Port Captain.
Port Moselle Marina
6 rue de la Frégate Nivose , BP 2960 , 98846 Nouméa Cedex
Tel:(687) 27 71 97 Fax:(687) 27 71 29 ,VHF Channel 67 "Port Moselle" (07:00-18:00 daily)
Opening hours: 08:00-18:00(Mon-Fri), 08:00-11:00(Sat)
Large modern marina in the centre of Noumea. While most berths are allocated to local boats, one pier is reserved for visitors and is used for Customs and Immigration clearance. See note above about length of stay permitted. The Port Captains office is adjacent to this pier.
Full service marina, laundry, fuel berth, English speaking receptionists, security guards, will hold Mail. Use of facilities (dinghy dock, water, garbage) available for yachts at anchor for a fee.
Customs and harbour staff are still very efficient and friendly. A marina attendant will wait at the end of the dock and direct you to an empty slip. All have finger pontoons.
Port du Sud Marina
5 ter rue, Barrau-Baie de l'Orphelinat, 98800 Nouméa , (opposite CNC Yacht Club)
Tel:(687)27 47 77 / mob. 84 76 20 Fax:+687 27 74 14 ,VHF Channel 67
Opening hours: 08:00-12:00, 14:00-17:00(Mon-Fri), 08:00-12:00(Sat)
Located in the NE corner of Orphelina Bay.
Clearance possible from here. All facilities, laundry, fuel berth, garbage bins, mail holding, message and fax services. Internet and security. Shops, market and banks close by. Max length in slips 25m. 40m alongside.

Yacht Clubs

Cercle Nautique Caledonien (CNC)
2, rue du Capitaine Desmier , BP:235-98845-Nouméa Cédex , Baie de Pecheurs
Tel:(687)262727 Fax:(687)262838
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 08:00 to 17:00, Sat 09:00 to 12:00
The Yacht Club no longer offers docking facilities to visitors (December 2007) as its facilities are too overcrowded. Members of foreign yacht clubs can, as a transit visitor, have access to all the CNC member's facilities (bar, restaurant, internet). For a fee of 3.200 CFP cruisers can use the dinghy dock, hot showers, garbage and water access. The staff speak English and are very helpful, mail can be sent to their address and will be held for your arrival. The club is quite a way from the city centre but there are buses. There is a commercial centre nearby with supermarket, restaurants, hairdresser, shoe repairer, pharmacy, bank, post office, Shell station etc.
wildfox
wildfox says:
Mar 25, 2015 11:17 PM

I am very surprised by what Chris Claydon has to say. When I was there in November 2014 the marina staff were totally helpful, made 'phone calls and printed documents. They also translated technical requests into French for contractors to understand. The Wifi is slow but it is free. Faster commercial services are readily available. Nobody measured my boat; the 12 noon rule is universal.

The outside anchorages are crowded but the marina staff cannot see them and so do not know how easy it is to anchor. As a major military, shipping and cruise liner port nobody should be surprised that the harbor channels need to be kept clear of anchored yachts. The marina staff have little control over boats leaving. If a cruiser leaves late then your berth will not be available. It is a busy marina. It is busy because it is good with first class facilities!

Anthony sv Wild Fox

Chris Claydon
Chris Claydon says:
Sep 17, 2014 03:26 AM

We have had a very bad experience at Port Moselle and felt very unwelcome, we recommend that other yachts should anchor instead of using the marina if possible. We arrived at 9am and were told a berth would be ready for us within a few minutes, so we circled round for half an hour and then they told us to anchor somewhere and come back in the afternoon! They directed us to n anchorage which was so crowded with boats it was impossible to anchor within the boandary so we anchored very close to the edge and well clear of the channel. They then kept hassling us to move again although we anchored where we were told and were not in anyone's way. On departure from the marina three days later, we were told we had to pay for four days, not three, because we were departed after mid-day, even though we had not even been there for three full days yet due to the delay coming in! The berthing fees are very expensive to start with even before you get overcharged. The wifi is extremely slow, unreliable and we had to keep getting a new password each day. If we were not around to get a new password during office hours we could not get internet until the next day! It is generally not worth the expense and hassle of being in the marina at moselle and dealing with the bad attitude of the staff there. Everything was too much trouble - NO to printing a document, NO to making a phone call (even if we pay) etc. etc. To add insult to injury we were charged for an extra foot of length over what our boat actually measures, which cost more than $10 extra a day! The customs, immigration and biosecurity staff were all great, it's a shame the marina staff do not welcome visitors.

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