This high speed, interactive electronic cruising guide, updated in 2015, works on Windows computers and tablets XP or later (works on Windows 10) and Macintosh computers OSX 10.7 or later (works on Yosemite 10.10.2). It is possible to use the guides on Android and Apple tablets in conjunction with a notebook (see tablet set up information here.)
Over the past 12 years our Cruising Guide to Vanuatu available from www.cruising-vanuatu.com has been hailed as the best cruising guide ever produced. Well, even though we've continually upgraded the Vanuatu guide, this one is even better.
We did a preliminary cruising guide to New Caledonia on CD ROM in 2001 in association with the producer of the well known Cruising Guide book that has been sold in New Caledonia for years.
But, when we started using the guide ourselves, we quickly discovered it had many problems.
We withdrew the preliminary CD-Rom version of the book as soon as we discovered these problems. If you are unlucky enough to have one of the old guides you owe it to yourself to update to the new version. In fact, we have made huge changes in the guide since 2012 and you are encouraged to update to the latest version for the most recent additions, corrections and changes.
To see the difference between the Cruising Guide to New Caledonia book and our completely new Nautical Guide to New Caledonia click here.
Frederique and I have been cruising the south Pacific aboard our 44' Cutter Moira since 1976. We first came to New Caledonia in 1981 and have made over 40 blue water passages between New Caledonia and other countries (Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa).
As a Ph.D. marine scientist, I worked on environmental and resource issues throughout the South Pacific for over 20 years and was especially active in the development of interactive Geographic Information Systems using aerial and satellite photography.
I have contacts with NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the government information and survey departments in many of the Pacific islands and we have worked closely with the key departments of the New Caledonia and French government agencies, including the Direction des Infrastructures de La Topographie et des Transports Terrestres (D.I.T.T.T.) Bureau de la Cartographie and the Service Phares et Balises, the CenNational d'Etudes Spaciales (CNES) and the Service des Methodes Administratives de l'Informatique (SMAI).
After our experiences reality testing the existing cruising guides, Freddy and I decided to produce the most advanced, most user friendly, and most accurate cruising guides ever created - based on satellite and aerial imagery and advanced geographic information systems.
We did Vanuatu first.
We started production on the Cruising Guide to New Caledonia in 2002. Over several years we obtained high resolution satellite and aerial photographic coverage of every meter of New Caledonia's fabulous coastline, bays, creeks, and coral reefs. We modified these extensively to produce clear, highly accurate photo-charts that you won't find anywhere else.
We personally and thoroughly explored and surveyed the anchorages aboard our 44' cutter, Moira. On most of the anchorages we plotted the depths using a combination depth sounder and GPS that fed geo-referenced depth contours right into our computer. These surveys covered areas that nobody had surveyed before because most hydrographic surveys were done for commercial shipping, not for little boats like ours. Critical details that you'll need to know about in shallow anchorages were never properly surveyed, especially in out of the way areas of little or no commercial importance. (And very little of this information is available on the latest electronic maps either).
We analyzed the all the existing French, British and American pilot books and hydrographic charts and discovered some of the charts for remote parts of New Caledonia are very hard to find, some are outdated, almost all have outdated geodesics, there is very little detailed information of anchorages suitable for yachts. The charts now cost over US$50 each.
We compared the exquisitely done older charts with the modern ones, and charts of differing scales with each other and with our own test soundings and real-time GPS positioning. We checked with the service that installs and maintains the lights and markers for the latest navaids and subscribed to the New Caledonia Notices to Navigators. We talked with other cruisers about their experiences and issues while cruising New Caledonia.
We designed and programmed the Nautical Guide ourselves to be certain the guide would be easy to use - even if you barely spoke French or English. Our goal was to enable cruisers to find any information they looked for in two clicks. We also took all the photographs except for the aerial and satellite images..
From 2008 to 2012 we re-visited, re-surveyed and re-photographed 212 anchorages in New Caledonia and personally created 237 GPS routes to guide you around this fabulous south Pacific cruising area.
The result is unlike any other cruising guide in the world; it is quick, easy to use, and has such a wealth of information it is unlikely you would ever see it all.
When we introduced the Cruising Guide to Vanuatu in 2002. It was a great success and within a year almost every boat arriving in Vanuatu had a copy of our guide.
The tourism offices of the governments of Vanuatu and New Caledonia were so impressed with the cruising guides they asked us if we could produce a similar guide covering all the things to do, places to stay and general points of interest for tourism in these countries. Sort of like a cruising guide for travel agents so they could become familiar with the tourism products they sold.
In cooperation with the Vanuatu and New Caledonia tourism offices we produced the Rocket Guide to Vanuatu and then the Rocket Guide to New Caledonia. We distributed 40,000 copies a year of our tourism guides to travel professionals and travellers from around the world.
When you buy the Cruising Guide to New Caledonia you'll also receive the Tourism version as well - an encyclopedia of information about visiting every part of New Caledonia. Between the two guides you'll be able to plan your voyage to New Caledonia as if you had already spent several years cruising in New Caledonia.
Over a decade after we started, we bring you the ultimate cruising guide - the 2015 Nautical Rocket Guide to New Caledonia.
The Nautical Rocket Guide to New Caledonia lets you see exactly where every anchorage is with satellite and aerial views.
It provides over 237 validated GPS routes to go between one anchorage and the next and instructions for navigating in the lagoon and through the many passes in the barrier reef. The GPS points have been triple-checked and the routes are in GPX formats that can be imported into most modern plotters and plotting programs. The routes can also be uploaded directly to your GPS to give you SUGGESTED guide points for routes and anchorages (The photo charts and GPS waypoints are NOT intended to substitute for official charts and you will have to agree to use the information as a non-guaranteed general guide. Prudent mariners must always cross check their navigation with all available sources and keep a careful watch.).
Point to the cover to see the DVD
This detailed information on routes and anchorages throughout New Caledonia will make your cruising experience in New Caledonia safer, more interesting, and more fun.
Our guide has everything you need to know about cruising in New Caledonia including detailed information on ports of entry, clearance formalities, weather, making passages to and from New Caledonia, tides, aids to navigation, official listing of marine charts, fuel, yacht services, communications, health, parks and reserves, tips for safe navigation and anchoring in coral reef environments, dive spots, beaches, treks, and other points of information.
The Nautical Rocket Guide works on Windows computers and tablets for all versions of Windows from XP to Windows 10. The Macintosh version works on OSX 10.7 or later (yes it works on Yosemite 10.10.2).
You CAN use our guides on your tablet -
The guide does not run directly as an app on Ipad or Android tablets but you can use these with WiFi and your notebook:
There is absolutely no other way you can get this kind of high quality information about cruising and touring New Caledonia.
If you already have the old paperback Cruising Guide to New Caledonia book and want to see a comparison between the Cruising Guide to New Caledonia book and the new Nautical Guide to New Caledonia Click Here.
We also offer a DVD that includes the Nautical and Tourism guides for both New Caledonia and Vanuatu. With this set of 4 guides you will have access to detailed information on cruising from Ile des Pins in the south of New Caledonia to the Torres Islands in the north of Vanuatu.
To see Screen shots of the guide (reduced in size and clarity to make them faster to download) Start Here.
For information on how to use the cruising guide, Click Here
Includes the companion Activity and Travel Guide.
Works on Windows (XP or later) and MacIntosh (OSX 10.7 or later).
This is an excellent gift for someone who plans on cruising, chartering, surfing, kayaking or diving in New Caledonia.
€125.00 includes air mail to your billing address or paypal address.
Allow 1 to 4 weeks delivery depending on your address.
€125 air mailed to your billing or paypal mailing address
If you are also planning to cruise Vanuatu, we have a special offer for all 4 guides that includes the New Caledonia cruising and tourism guides plus the latest Nautical Rocket Guide to Vanuatu and it's companion Travel Guide to Vanuatu.
Euro 210.00 includes air mail to your billing address or paypal address.
If you have a good fast Internet connection you can download your guides now.
After payment you will be transferred to a page with installation instructions and download links..
At the same time you will also be sent a receipt for your purchase and a separate email with the links plus detailed installation and activation instructions. You need that email to get the download and activation instructions and access to the online activation center so if you don't see it in your inbox check your spam box.
The links are only valid 48 hours so be ready to do the big downloads within 48 hours before making payment. You HAVE to use a download manager because these are big files.
For Windows we recommend www.freedownloadmanager.org
For Mac users we recommend http://www.mac-downloader.com/download/downloader_mac.dmg
The downloader assures the download will be uncorrupted. Many people who do not use a download manager have problems and waste their time and mine with download issues. In the end they use a download manager program and have no problem. So do it right the first time, please, the download manager program does not cost anything and will greatly speed up the download for you.
Requires XP or later
Installation file for the cruising guide is 386MB and the companion Activity and Travel Guide 481MB - Euro €125.00.
Requires Mac OSX 10.7 to OSX 10.10.2
Installation file for the guide is 403MB and the companion Activity and Travel Guide 561MB - Euro €125.00.
Requires Windows XP or later
Installation files for the 4 guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia are 220MB, 480MB, 386MB, 481MB - Euro 210.00
Requires Mac OSX 10.7 to OSX 10.10.2
Installation files for the 4 guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia are 225MB, 494MB , 403MB, 561MB - Euro 210.00
The Nautical Rocket Guides to both Vanuatu and New Caledonia are also available at the following locations:
Noumea Ocean Yacht Services in Noumea, New Caledonia,
Boat Books in New Zealand
Boat Books Limited 22 Westhaven Drive, Auckland City, New Zealand
Phone -64 9 358 5691; fax -64 9 358 5817
Boat Books Australia
31 Albany St, Crows Nest
NSW 2065 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 2 9439 1133
F: +61 2 9439 8517
Boat Books Australia
214 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda
VIC 3182 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 9525 3444
F: +61 3 9525 3355
The guide needs to be activated on your computer - for details on activation click here