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Pouebo, New Caledonia

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Pouebo is a small settlement (pop 2,400) on the NE side of Grande Terre in New Caledonia. It offers good shelter from winds to the north and west, but is open to the east and north east. While Recif Muelebe offers some shelter in SEly winds, if these are strong, the anchorage is quite uncomfortable. There is a shop, fuel station and post office in the town.

Cruising the region

Mont Paine
Cascade de Tao

Traveling south, the next anchorage is Hienghene, about 27 nm away. The section of coast to be traversed is most spectacular, with the highest mountain in New Caledonia, Mont Paine, rising steeply from the water. The stunnning Cascade de Tao plunges over huge rock escarpments, one of several large waterfalls on this section of coast. While the channels inside the reef are relatively narrow, they are well marked and it is worth the navigation challenges to stay close to this scenic coast.

Traveling north, the next anchorage is Balade at a distance of 8 nm. If this rather exposed, but interesting, anchorage is not suitable in the conditions, it is a further 11nm to Baie de Pam which offers a very sheltered anchorage.


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Sources for Weather forecasts:
Local forecasts are, of course, in French, but non-French speakers should find them relatively easy to understand. A very useful vocabulary can be found at How to Understand French Weather Forecasts for Sailors.

The main source of weather information for the area around New Caledonia is Meteo France Nouvelle-Calédonie. The marine section provides a 6 day forecast for the whole region, with details for each of the passes through the barrier reef.

Nouméa radio broadcasts the weather report in French on VHF 16, everyday at 6:30, 9:30, 15:15, 18:30.

There is a set of repeater channels allowing receipt of weather info anywhere in the country:

  • Nouméa area: VHF 26
  • Southern portion of the Grande Terre: VHF 28
  • Isle of Pines and the Southern Lagoon: VHF 25
  • Grande Terre North West coast: VHF 25
  • Northern portion of Grande Terre: VHF 24
  • Ouvea: VHF 23
  • Lifou: VHF 26
  • Maré: VHF 87


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Approaching from the north, Pointe Bailly is low but identifiable. A white church a little to the south of the anchorage is conspicuous. Note that the fringing reef extends some distance from the shore of the point. Red marker beacons are conspicuous on Recif Muelebe, clearly defining the southern edge of the bay. Anchor off the beach at the head of the bay. While there is a channel inshore of Recif Muelebe, it is only suitable for dinghy use.

There are two passes immediately south of Puebo which give access to Port Henry and an inner channel. The northern most is Passe De Tchevit. While this is adequately wide and deep, it is unmarked. Passe De Tiambuen, a short distance further south, has beacons on both sides, making it a more secure approach.

Approaching from the south, care is needed to stay clear of Recif Muelebe as the furthest easterly extent of this reef is not marked and you are already in the bay when you reach the first red marker.


You must clear Customs in Noumea before proceeding elsewhere in New Caledonia

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Recif Muelebe
  • Pouebo anchorage is suitable when winds are from the west or north. It is somewhat exposed to NEly winds and Ely blow directly in to the bay. Recif Muelebe provides some shelter in the prevailing SEly winds, but if these become strong the anchorage chops up and becomes very uncomfortable. Consider taking a dinghy into the Pouebo River to access the village shops.
Port Henry
  • Port Henry lies about 4 miles further south. In strong SEly winds it is just possible to tuck in behind a point and gain some shelter. While not ideal, this is a better spot than the Pouebo anchorage in these conditions.

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There is a fuel station in the town.
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  • There is a small shop in the town.





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  • Anchored in Pouebo in July 2010 in a strong south easterly. The anchorage was quite uncomfortable and after a brief stay we headed further south, entered through the marked Passe De Tiambuen and carried on inside the reef to the area of Port Henry. There is a small point near Ubati and this offered better (only just) shelter for an overnight anchorage. We anchored as close in to the shore as we could get.

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