Clearing Customs in New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands
It is possible to break the passage from Vanuatu to New Caledonia by stopping at Lifou or Ouvea in the Loyalty Islands, but one must have Noumea Yacht Services arrange to fly officials out at a cost of AUD$1000. They are the only agent who has permission to do this. The fee can be shared amongst yachts. There is a new marina at We on Lifou which is almost directly on the course from Vanuatu to New Caledonia.
Quarantine officers are no longer stationed here, which means the previous option of being able to fly to Noumea (or go by ferry) to clear Customs and Immigration is no longer an option.
Our thanks to John Neal of SY Mahina Tiare III for this information (confirmed by Noumea Yacht Services).
Nouméa Yacht Services
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98 845 Nouméa Cedex
Tel: +687 24 01 23
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