Weather

The cyclone season is from December to March and each year some part of New Caledonia feels the effect of a cyclone. During these summer months the climate is warm and humid. In winter (June to September) the climate is more temperate with temperatures around 18 to 24 0 C. There is no dry season and rain can be expected at any time of year. The predominant winds are south-east trades but these are interrupted at irregular intervals by fronts and troughs moving across from Australia which can...

Isle Des Pins Kunie

The Isle of Pines is a very picturesque island to cruise around. The eroded limestone shoreline is fronted by white sand beaches and turquoise water over shallow sand anchorages. Along the coast are many of the famous pine trees and inland pockets of dense bush and scrub. Ashore there are a number of buildings and ruins dating from the missionary and penal colony days. There are inlets to explore by dinghy, numerous reefs to snorkel and limestone caves. Getting there can be a problem, as...

Baie De La Tortue

From the north or west the only danger to be cleared is Recif Ua which lies about 0.7 NM north-west of the anchorage. This reef is marked by a beacon (F1 R 3 sec). The bay has a small fringing reef to north and south and a sand beach at the head. On the south side is a wharf. We anchored near the middle of the bay in 5 metres, sand bottom. Note that a sunken launch, which has the appearance of a coral head, lies on the bottom in the middle of the bay in 5 metres. It is not a hazard to your boat...

Baie Du Carenage

Sailing around the peninsula that divides Bay du Prony from the north we passed east of Ilot Casey into Grande Rade. Reefs extend off both corners of the peninsula, the western one marked by a beacon with a yellow cross (a marker for the marine reserve around Ilot Casey). 1.5 miles north of Ilot Casey is the pinnacle reef L' Aiguille marked by a red buoy. At the northern end of Grande Rade are the two very sheltered anchorages of Baie du Carenage. As you enter the inlet notice on the west shore...

Southern New Caledonia

A CRUISING YACHTSMAN'S NOTES ON THE SOUTHERN PART OF NEW CALEDONIA NOUMEA TO ISLE OF PINES FIRST EDITION November 1996 Copyright P. M. Cregeen These notes are intended for use with the appropriate navigation charts. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information the author makes no warranty, expressed or implied for any errors or omissions in this publication. This publication is part of the South Pacific Cruising Series, which consists of South Pacific Cruising...

Departure

Within 24 hours of your intended departure or on Friday for yachts leaving at the weekend, the skipper should present his ships papers to Immigration > Port Autonome, 36, Ave James Cook Harbour Master of Port Autonome, as above. New Caledonia is well charted and covered by BA, DMA and French charts. New B A charts are generally corrected up to the date of sale, but DMA charts are earning a reputation for being well out of date. French charts that we examined were up to date. Sadly many of the...

Marine Reserves

In the South Lagoon there are a number of Marine Reserves where there are restrictions to access and fishing. For more information refer to the leaflet Guide des Reserves Marines which may be obtained from the Port Moselle marina office or Tourist Information. For yachts making their first arrival in New Caledonia it is recommended that the approach to Noumea be made through Havannah Passage when coming from the north or east and Boulari Passage when coming from the south or west. Both of these passages are well marked by lights and beacons. We entered by the Havannah and left by way of Boulari Passage. The tidal stream through this passage can reach up to 5 knots with heavy overfalls and eddies, especially when wind is counter to the stream. It is thus recommended that you time your arrival to coincide with the start of the flood tide, which will then assist your passage all the way to Noumea. The distance from the pass to Noumea is about 40 miles. The pass is 1.25 miles wide and a...

Tides And Tidal Streams

There are two high and two low tides per day with a maximum range of about 1 metre. Outside of the barrier reef the South Sub-Tropical Current sets to the west at about half a knot, its influence is strongest between Grand Terre and the Loyalty Islands but it may be reduced by prolonged westerly winds. South and west of New Caledonia this current is mostly blocked by the barrier reef. Tidal streams inside the barrier reef set generally north-west and south-east along the coast. However, at the...