We arrived there in May '99 and left in July but don't suppose things have changed too much since then.
As weather conditions were favourable we passed through the reef at night. We found the leading lights at Armadee perfectly correct as with all the navigation
lights leading into Port Moselle. At 1 a.m we anchored in the Roads until sunup as we were a bit unsure where exactly to berth. They did question this in the morning but weren't overly concerned.
and ag arrived within 2 hours of our calling them and did not go downstairs at all and were most friendly and helpful. We did not admit to how much grog was on board. We gave them 1 old tomato and a couple of potatoes which they seemed embarrassed to take.
Charts both electronic and paper we found surprisingly accurate. We also had a good cruising guide book which was extremely helpful. (I cannot remember the name of this book but will be on my boat back in NZ next week and can let you know then, if you like).
The markets were good to shop at for fresh fruit and veges (and les croussants etc), which we did not find too expensive. There were a few back street restaurants which offered a 3 course meal for approx $30-$40 per head
. (Nomal prices could be more than double that for a main only). The cruising fraternity at Port Moselle should point the right direction. The supermarket was well stocked and the cheap
cask wine was delish.
The Marina round by Circle Nautique Yacht was also friendly and helpful.
LPG was only available in Noumea. Can't quite remember the details but we were in and out of there within a few hours.
The weather was mostly fine though we were holed up in Port Bouquet for a week of extreme wind
. (How sad, we had it all to ourselves). We lived in shorts and T-shirts though the locals were rugged up in sweaters etc as it was
the middle of winter.
If you know a little French, it would be extremely helpful but even just to attempt a few words gets a giggle and usually a reply in English
And last but not least : Can we come too!!!!!!!! ha ha just kidding.
Have a safe and wonderful trip.