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 New Caledonia - General Info

Time Zone

UTC +11

Yachting Essentials

Electricity

Voltage: 220 V
Frequency: 50 Hz

LPG
LPG bottles cannot be re-filled, they can only be exchanged.
Propane is not available, only butane.

Opening Hours

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.

Money

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.

Communications

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 government run. It is at last available to visitors using the pay in advance "LIBERTE" SIM cards, which work on unlocked phones.

Unfortunately there are only 2 options with the Liberte card - 100Mb for one hour or 200Mb for 24 hours. You cannot recharge your account via internet, you can only do it with vouchers bought at Mobilis agents, which means it's rather inconvenient and works out to be quite expensive.

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.

SSB
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:  September 2018

Transport

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  available. A valid driving licence is required to rent a car - the visitor centre has a list of companies.

There are taxis but they are often not available when required.

There are ferries connecting the various islands, although the schedules are linited.

The main airport is on Noumea and the local company, Air Caledonia, has three flights per day to the Isle of Pines.

Diplomatic Missions

Events

Down Under Rally
Noumea New Caledonia to Port of Bundaberg QLD, Australia
Tel:+61 417 833 337
Started in 2015, the primary goal of the Down Under "Go West" Rally is to provide those who are heading 'Down Under' with a professional and informative introduction to Australia, and to ensure participants receive current and accurate information before departing and on arrival. The rally offers participants the choice of departing for Australia from New Caledonia or Vanuatu and arriving in Australia at any time between October 1st & November 30th at any of 6 different ports of entry. For those who join the rally & choose Bundaberg as their port of entry The Down Under Rally will pay the fees associated with the initial biosecurity pratique & timber inspection of ​those vessels. Visit the website for more information​.

Emergencies

Police - Dial 17
Ambulance - Dial 18
Maritime Police - Dial 16
Fire - Dial 18

MRCC Noumea (Search & Rescue)
Tel: +687 264772/ +687 292332 Fax:+687 292303 ,VHF Channel 16
Inmarsat-C: 422 799 194 (POR)

Publications

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For North America and the rest of the world visit Bluewater Books & Charts. When ordering through Bluewater be sure to enter the coupon code NOON during checkout to save 10%.

Cruising Guide to New Caledonia
Electronic cruising guide available on CD
www.cruising-newcaledonia.com
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
See May 2018 updates
here.

South Pacific Handbook
By David Stanley
Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 8th Revised edition (28 Jan 2005)
ISBN-13: 978-1566914116
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)
ISBN-13: 978-0824830373
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 (2001)
DISCOUNTS available through Imray and Bluewater Books (see details and links above)
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)
ISBN 9782950853059
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.

Yellow Flag Guide: New Caledonia
A useful guide with arrival & departure procedures, various regulations, anchorage and navigation rules, useful contacts, the essential practical information.

http://highlifenobudget.com/sailing-in-new-caledonia
A useful blog on some great anchorages off the beaten track in New Caledonia.

Loyalty Islands Tourist Office.

Cruising Guide to 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

Update History

September 2018: Weather forecast and internet updates from SV Elyse.
February 2018: Pet regulations updated.
March 2017: Internet and mobile info. and marinas updated from www.cruising-newcaledonia.com. Clearance, Immigration, Customs and other country information checked or updated.
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.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

Alan
Alan says:
Sep 14, 2018 09:42 AM

The best thing you can do is buy the Rocket Guide to New Caledonia...
https://cruising-newcaledonia.com/

Alan Leslie
Alan Leslie says:
Oct 16, 2018 01:22 AM

This comment only applies to the Bulletin au large, or the offshore forecast.
The new information provided above for the local forecasts is correct.

Alan
Alan says:
Sep 14, 2018 09:39 AM

The information about weather forecasts on VHF is also outdated. They stopped doing that years ago. Today you have to listen on Ch16 and Noumea Radio will announce that the weather forecast will be broadcast on Ch65...it seems to happen around 1130 and 1630...but it's not consistent, sometimes early, sometimes late, so leave Ch16 on all the time and wait for it.....

Alan Leslie
Alan Leslie says:
Oct 16, 2018 01:21 AM

After 6 weeks in New Caledonia, I realise my post below is not 100% correct.
How it works is for example the 400CFP/24hr option.... It runs at up to 6mbps for the first 200mb and then drops to around 1mbps fro the remainder of the 24hrs, so it is in effect always on. BUT our experience is that it is not always LTE or even 3G. In a lot of bays we have been in all you get is E or EDGE which is VERY VERY slow. Otherwise on 3G it works OK.
The rest of my comments about this arcane system still stand.

Alan
Alan says:
Sep 14, 2018 09:09 AM

The post about internet is misleading.
Unless you sign up for a monthly plan there is no "unlimited" internet.
The carte Liberte only gives you two options as detailed 100Mb for one hour @ 90 CFP (~A$1.20) or 200Mb for 24 hours @ 400CFP (~A$6)..I know because i just bought one.
200mB get's you nowhere...some web pages use that just to open the home page.
You cannot recharge your account via internet, you can only do it with vouchers bought at Mobilis agents...it's a last century system, because it's govt run and there's no competition. By comparison the Digicel product in Vanuatu is very user friendly and inexpensive.
This isn't...it's expensive...very ...and inconvenient as you have to keep sending txt messages to keep it going...pathetic for 2018 !

Richard Chesher
Richard Chesher says:
Feb 23, 2018 08:29 PM

Regulations on pets aboard have changed and you'd be totally nuts to have a cat or dog aboard. The requirements are summarized on https://davar.gouv.nc/sites/default/files/atoms/files/procedure_cnct_yachts.pdf - there will be a 125 Euro fee for mandatory quarantine (even if you are stopping for a day for fuel) and you require extensive vet documentation from the previous countries plus advance notification and submission of importation documents prior to arrival.

Richard Chesher
Richard Chesher says:
Mar 16, 2017 12:43 AM

Internet for yachts is now super good in New Caledonia - 3G and 4G Lte - and available almost everywhere around Grande Terre and the other islands. For what you'll need and how to set it up visit
http://ncvan.us/nci
The Cruising Guide to New Caledonia (on the same website) gives you mobile phone/ internet reception at all 212 anchorages

Richard Chesher
Richard Chesher says:
May 03, 2016 04:29 AM

The hard copy book by Joel Marc et. al. Cruising Guide to New Caledonia (South Pacific)is long out of print and very difficult to find. See the comparison between the old book (done in the 1990's) to the DVD interactive program here:
http://ncvan.us/book

Alan
Alan says:
Sep 14, 2018 09:40 AM

It's always been that way...if you need a Visa...Eu passport people don't have that issue

Val Ellis
Val Ellis says:
Sep 21, 2014 09:41 AM

Note: This restriction only applies to cruisers whose nationality requires them to have a visa for New Caledonia. Others are allowed a maximum stay of 90 days in any 6 month period.
The Noonsite Team

DDarden
DDarden says:
Sep 17, 2014 02:06 AM

New staff and new policies at Customs and Immigration, New Caledonia. Recently, cruisers who left their boat in New Caledonia to fly home for a month, were not granted a new 3 month visa after they returned to New Caledonia, and were required to depart at the end of their first 3 month visa.Be sure you confirm with officials before planning to leave your boat in NewCal to fly out and back to renew your visa.

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