Port de Mueo

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Port de Mueo, New Caledonia

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Overview

Port de Mueo provides an overnight stop for vessels cruising the west coast of New Caledonia. It is not a particularly scenic stop over, but the anchorage is sheltered and the mining village of Nepoui (pop ~1,000) is a short walk from the dinghy landing. There is a small supermarket, a restaurant, fuel, post office and other such facilities.

Cruising the region

The section of the west coast of New Caledonia between Baie D'Ouarai (Ile Lebris anchorage) and Voh, a distance of about 80nm, is not navigable inside the barrier reef. Fortunately, there are a number of accessible, secure anchorages that can be reached through well marked passes and the maximum distance between anchorages is only about 30 nm. Bearing in mind that the ideal cruising time in New Caledonia is winter, when days are short, and the need to maintain good sun angles when navigating around coral, there is a definite need for relatively short daily distances.

The next anchorage to the north is about 25 nm away at Ile Koniene. This involves travelling some 5 nm out to the Passe De Mueo, a 15 nm run outside the reef, entering Passe de Pouembout and a 6 nm run inside the reef to Ile Koniene.

The next significant anchorage to the south is Baie de Bourail. This requires the 5 nm run out to Passe de Mueo, a 31 nm run outside the reef and then a short run into the wide Baie de Bourail, where anchorage is found in the side arm of Baie de Nessadiou.

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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

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Communication

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Navigation

Passe de Mueo Light

Passe de Mueo is well marked and a channel suitable for large ships is marked all the way to Nepoui. Passe De Mueo is about 500 metres wide, with a substantial light tower (Fl 4sec) on the southern side of the Passe. Once inside the Passe, red and green markers clearly define the channel. As there are some shoal patches outside the channel, it is probably wisest to not take short cuts. Note that it is about 5 nm from the Passe to the anchorage at Nepoui.

Nepoui Power Station

Approaching the port facility on the southern end of Presqu'ile de Mueo, you should head into the western inlet, Baie de Nepoui. Note that there is a green bouy to the west of the ore loader and you should keep to the west of this to avoid a shoal patch. Once passed this bouy, you can head in towards the obvious power station to the anchorage.


Entrance

You must check in with Customs at Noumea before progressing anywhere else in New Caledonia.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • The Cruising Guide to New Caledonia describes a small marina in front of the fuel depot. This is hardly more than a rock wall protecting a launching ramp. It makes a useful dinghy landing, but nothing more than this

Anchorages

Baie de Nepouli Anchorage
  • The most convenient anchorages are in Baie de Nepoui. It is possible to anchor off the fuel depot, but a better anchorage is to be found a further 500 metres to the north. As this is a mining area, red mud predominates in the anchorages. The launching ramp near the fuel depot is the best spot to land a dinghy. There is a tap by the edge of the ramp. From the ramp, walk a short distance towards the power station until just before the large fuel tanks. Follow the fence line up the hill and you find a rough track which provides a short cut to the top of the hill. You are then a short walk from the town.


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Things to do Ashore

Tourism

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  • Unless mining towns excite you, there are not a lot of tourist attractions here.

Grocery & Supply Stores

  • There is a small grocery store in Nepoui

Eateries

  • There is at least one restaurant at Nepoui.

Internet/WiFi

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Laundry

Motorbike & Car Rentals

  • Unlikely

Garbage Disposal

Nothing obvious.

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