Hienghene Hb is one of the prettiest

Places imagineable being the delta of a small river which empties into the sea from high, steep mountains in the immediate background, Most impressive are the two fang-like rocks at the harbour entrance named Sphynx and Brooding Hen and collectively called The Towers, The town of Hienghiene with a population of about 2000 lies spread around the west bank of the river whilst the white church of Ovare Mission nestles against the mountain in the north west corner. APPROACH The barrier reefs close...

Kouaoua Bay Baie de Kouaoua lies five

Miles west of Kanala Bay and is in the form of twin indents, the western most being Kouaoua Bay proper, the easternmost being called Laugier Bay. Laugier Bay is virginal whilst Kouaoua Bay is the port for a thriving mining community. APPROACH is simple from any direction as long as the offshore reefs are navigated with common sense. The harbour itself is clear of all detached dangers. NAV AIDS within the harbour consist of two red buoys which are held to port entering. ANCHORAGE is in excellent...

Part Four

TANNA ISL. after Arieityum Island, Tanna is the most southerly of the Vanuatu Group. It is 51 kilometres long by half that across and sports the most accessible active volcano in the world, The visitor can stand at the rim and watch a display of smoke and ashes with occasional bursts of more enthusiastic activity. Being in the south, Tanna enjoys a relatively cool winter yet is one of the most fertile islands of the entire group. Its people have a reputation for their independent attitudes....

Uinne Or Rencontre Bay no maP

This bay lies some twenty miles northwards along the east coast from Port Yate and cannot be recommended during winds other than offshore. Surrounded by hills slashed by mining, large ships use the bay to load ore and there is a small settlement. The approach from the south east is marred only by two isolated reefs within the barrier which are awash at low tide but are easily identified.

Gomen Bay is miles southeast of Koumac

And is used as a base for barges and tugs employed in the nickel ore business. For their security a small breakwater harbour has been built within the bay with a service jetty and workshop. Without special permission, a private vessel must be kept out of this inner harbour. The best anchorage is shown on the map. It is to the immediate west of the inner harbour in around three metres. The bottom is good holding mud. Approach from the north is clear right across the mouth of the bay whilst...

Bourail Bay is an ore loading outlet for the

Area centred around the town of Bourail a few kilometres inland. As usual in this part of New Caledonia, the bay is entered from the sea through a gap in the fringing reefs. However, at Bourail Bay the gap is wider and closer to the land making entry very easy indeed despite a total lack of beacons. 'ARN1NG. Certain islands and efs may be missing in this map. or reference purposes only, 'ust NOT be used for navigation. 'ARN1NG. Certain islands and efs may be missing in this map. or reference...

Boulari Pass

Having safely cleared inside the reefs through Boulari Passage, round a white light tower to port (Reef Tabou Light) passing a black buoy to starboard (green light) then lay north to pass a second buoy to starboard. The light towers and buoys mentioned to date are illustrated for extra clarity. On this last mentioned course, the white sector of Tabou Reef light should be held if entering after dark. Approximately eight miles north of Boulari Passage, another light beacon will be passed to port....

Hyengen

Cape Tuo is one of the few headlands on the coast with a flatland fringe around its base. This becomes obvious as the distance off decreases. The low land lifts from the sea at distance of about ten miles. On this lowland, consolidated by a retaining wall, is Tuoho Airport with a control tower and other modern buildings in the background. Offshore from the cape will also be seen a low, flat mangrove islet which sits on the cape's fringing reef. It is between this mangrove islet and a reef to...

Kuakue Bay is less than miles north west

From the previous anchorage and is ideal during any wind except for strong northerlies. Anchorage is best taken as far in as possible owing to the deep water here. Mining activity will be noted to the west of this bay. PORT BOUQUET is virginal except for a couple of plantations on the south and west banks and offers superb anchorage in any weather because of the great choice of anchorages. It lies against the mainland almost on the same longitude as Noumea and is connected by dirt road to Thio...

Ouvea Island around miles long by only f

Few metres wide at its narrowest and around three miles wide at its widest. Of upthrust limestone rising to a maximum height of 46 metres it is 160 square kilometres in area and it sits along the eastern edge of a vast lagoon whose remaining perimeters are guarded by a string of reefs and islets. The lagoon provides hundreds of square kilometres of calm water sailing through emerald green waters over fine white sand bottom which appears to be completely free of any isolated coral head...

Quen Island Anchorages

Prony Bay Map

Canal Woodin, just described provides anchorage if required but the water is deep. It is thus recommended to those wishing to spend time in the area to consider other anchorages around the bottom of Quen Island. The map shows it all. It can be seen that the main recommended anchorage is in Port Koute with other potential anchorages shown by a half anchor. The many reefs around this area are well charted but should be held in constant sight by a reliable lookout. They provide some excellent...

Part Four Vanuatu

Banks Group (see Bushmans Bay), 188 Bushmans Bay, 188 Efate Island, 152 Emae Island, 157 Entering Solomons, 192 Epi Island, 160 Espiritu Santo Island, 174 Havannah Harbour, 152 Hilliard Passage, 154 Hog Harbour, 184 Lahoru Bay (see Ureparapara Island), 190 Lakatoro (see Port Stanley), 172 Lamap (see Port Sandwich), 168 Lamenu Island (see Lamuda Bay), 161 Leleppa Island (see Havannah Harbour), 153 Lenakel (see Tanna Island), 143 Little Pass (see Havannah Harbour), 153 Loloware, 188 Lomuda Bay,...

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V TI-A ISLET LIES OFF THE TOP OF PAABA ISLAND, THERE IS PASSAGE BETWEEN THE TWO, 2 TAANLO ISLET LEFT AND TAANLAI ISLET RIGHT TYPIFY THE ISLETS OFF THE TOP OF NEW CALEDONIA, 3 TAANLO AND TAANLAI ISLETS ARE IN LINE BEARING NORTH WITH PAABA ISLAND JUTTING INTO THE PICTURE RIGHT, PAABA ISLAND BEARS NORTH. THE BOAT PASS WESTERN END IS RIGHT, shoal to the south of Mouac Island. Pass red to port entering from the west. FACILITIES at Poum consist of post office, stores, SDA Church, restaurant, hotel...

Diahot River An Also called Pam Island

Anchorage, this is a totally secure haven for small boats. The Diahot River is the longest in the country at 90 kilometres. Its entrance appears closed by shoals although I've no doubt an outboard dinghy could navigate upstream. APPROACH Nen' charan Point or Pte Nendiarene is the last wooded headland visible when moving from the south east. Pam Island is also visible immediately behind the headland. Both present good reference points. From the north approach is via beaconed channels through...

General Information About New Caledonia

History Mercier Name New Caledonia

The main island of the group known as New Caledonia lies north west-south east and is 400 kilometres long by 50 kilometres wide. It is divided along its length by a mountain chain which reaches its maximum height in the north at Mount Panie. It also spawns the country's largest river in the north which is the Diahot River at about 90 kilometres long. The mainland is completely surrounded in coral reefs which take the form of barrier reefs around the southern and northern areas and along the...

General Information About Vanuatu

New Caledonia Visa

I should make it clear from the word go that Vanuatu ex New Hebrides is not the cruising paradise most boatmen are advised of it being. Most tourists rave about Vila whilst some of the totally unique features and customs of the country are nothing short of extraodinary. Where else will you find native tribes who prove their manhood by leaping off seventy foot high towers with a vine tied around their ankle Or a volcano continuously active yet moderate enough that tourists can walk to its rim...

Efate Island And Northern

The map opposite shows the area immediately north of Vila. It can be seen that the next logical anchorage after Vila is Havannah Harbour as separately described next whilst Undine Bay also offers haven. After leaving Efate Island there is not another fully protected anchorage until Port Sandwich on Malekula Island. There are, however, acceptable anchorages en route as we will see. It is worth noting here that Retoka Island photograph right and also called Hat Island just outside of Vila was...

Underwater Volcano nes

Scott Sprague Boat Designs

Just offshore Epi Island between The Bluff and Little Bluff. Hoping to view some activity, we sailed right over the centre but saw nothing. Not even pummice floating around. I have since learned that the volcano does not erupt on any regular basis. On those occasions that it does let go, the display is nothing short of magic. According to a New Zealand cruising acquaintance who passed the area during an eruption in 1972, the evening sky took on a weird red glow as the sea in the distance...

Bogota Reefs no map are north west of

Naketi Bay and east to south east of Kanala Bay. They are indicated on the New Caledonia East Coast section map but not in large scale. They enjoy special mention here because of their unique nature. They are a barrier within a barrier - a sort of second wall of coral between the sea and the mainland. As a diversion, the boatman can safely take his vessel between the reefs and the land to enjoy the totally calm water therein and he might choose to anchor off one of the many white beaches behind...

Caledonia West Coast Boura

Certain islands and reefs may be missing in this map. For reference purposes only. Must NOT be used for navigation. W lflAWVG. Certain islands and reefs may be missing in this map. For reference purposes only. Must NOT be used for navigation. secondary port displaying lights on the navigation aids. The harbour contains a major ore loading plant for the strip mining operation some miles inland The town of Nepoui stands on the hill overlooking the harbour and is all but impossible to...

Espiritu Santo Island

Aoba Espiritu Santo

There is more confusion over this island than any other in Vanuatu. Mostly it is called Santo, rarely is it called an island and most often its main town is called by the same name ESPIRITU SANTO ISLAND is an island of the Vanuatu Group lying above Malekula Island. SANTO is the name of the main settlement but is often used to refer to the island as a whole. LUGANVILLE is mostly used to refer to the main settlement of Santo as it is in this book but is actually the name of a village to the south...