Baie de Pam

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Baie de Pam, New Caledonia

Baie de Pam
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20°14.2′S, 164°17.8′E
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Overview

Baie De Pam is a very sheltered anchorage in a deep bay. The surrounding area is mostly uninhabited and there are no facilities in the area. The bay is the most sheltered anchorage in the NE of Grande Terre until Hienghene is reached.

Cruising the region

Baie de Pam is primarily a overnight anchorage when traveling to or from the Northern lagoon. The coast to the south is spectacular, though there is a limited number of anchorages. To the north, there is a maze of reefs and islands that continue on into the Northern lagoon area. There are a variety of anchorages amongst the northern reefs and islands, but none as sheltered as Pam.

Heading south, the next reasonable anchorage is Balade, at a distance of about 10nm. This is a straight forward sail inside the barrier reef, with no dangers..

Charts

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Weather

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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

Passages

Popular passages/routes, timing, etc.

Islands

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Communication

Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Navigation

There are significant reefs on both sides of the mouth of the bay, but these are identified by navigation markers.

Entrance

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Marinas & Yacht Clubs

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Anchorages

The recommended anchorage is in the cove behind Pointe Nen'diaran. Depending on wind and swell conditions, other areas of the bay may be suitable for anchorage.


Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

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Repairs/Yards

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Fuel, Water, & Electricity

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Things to do Ashore

Tourism

  • There are excellent views to be had from the surrounding hills. The summit of Ille Pam provides views of the northern reefs and inland.
  • The river at the head of the bay may provide opportunities for interesting dinghy exploration.
  • There are mining ruins on the shore near Pointe Nen'diaran.

Grocery & Supply Stores

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Eateries

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Internet/WiFi

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Laundry

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Motorbike & Car Rentals

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Garbage Disposal

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Transportation

Transportation (local and/or international)

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Friends

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Forums

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Links

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