A young and cosmopolitan town
Capital with 100,000 residents. Green and cosmopolitan town. Located in the South West of the Main Island (Grande Terre), the town allows an easy access to close islets and the red lands of the Great South (Grand Sud).
SAILING TO NOUMEA
Entrance to Nouméa possible night and day, 2 passages are recommended:
- The Havannah, when coming from the East on slack tide. Sail inside the lagoon up to Nouméa (40 NM);
- The Boulari passage, when coming from the West or South, narrow channel, without tidal bore. Sail into the lagoon up to Nouméa (13 NM).
ANCHORAGES IN NOUMEA
Town centre anchorage, entrance by the Little Passage (Petite Passe) leading to 2 bays:
- Moselle or Petite Rade (Little Harbour) : protections O and E/SE
- Baie de l’Orphelinat (Orphanage Bay) : protection S/SE/E/NE/N
Open anchorage, dinghy dock troublesome. Make sure not to block the marine traffic (shuttle, pilots, cruise ships, warships). Authorised anchorages indicated by yellow buoys.
TOWN CENTRE MARINAS
2 marinas carry out the entry formalities for ships in transit (cf. p.5)