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Internet In New Caledonia - How to Get Internet while cruising just about anywhere in New Caledonia.

Great news for cruisers! The 3G/4G mobile network covers almost all of New Caledonia and is now available to visitors using the pay in advance "LIBERTE" SIM cards. This is excellent news as New Caledonia has a good Mobile Internet service but until now the data service was only available to residents of New Caledonia and visitors either had to pay roaming fees or turn off their smart phone data capability.

Click Here for the OPT 3G and 4G coverage map.

Data access on your smart phone, tablet, USB dongle or WiFi Hotspot is very inexpensive. One hour will cost about 100 cfp (about AUD$1) and 20 MB in 24 hrs costs 220 cfp and unlimited data for 24 hours will cost you 420 cfp.

Roaming Data Costs in New Caledonia

What would Telstra Australia roaming charges for data be in New Caledonia? Well, if you pay in advance for a travel pack that expires after 30 days....

  • One Gigabyte of data (up and down counted) costs $1800! If you don't shovel out $1800 up front you'd pay AUD$15,000. Whoopee.
  • For 29 MB you would pay a mere $85 in advance (expires in 30 days) instead of $450. ref.

Telecom New Zealand charges NZ$900 for 20MB of data. ref.

Vodaphone NZ costs NZ$200 for 20MB of data. ref

So even the high end $4.50 for 24 hrs unlimited access seems like a totally great deal.

Stop your computer uploading and downloading in the background

Windows 10 and several programs constantly upload and download data without your knowing about it or letting you stop this abuse of your expensive mobile data limits.

Here's how to stop your Windows 10 computer from downloading and uploading in the background while you are cruising.

Mac computers also do Gigabytes of downloads automatically. Here's how to stop your Mac from downloading and uploading in the background while you are cruising.

Mobile Data in New Caledonia

We use the OPT mobile network in New Caledonia and it works very well just about anywhere in the lagoon. We have been able to get our email as much as 27 nautical miles from the nearest antenna.

New Caledonia mobile phone coverage extends to most of the lagoon and anchorages so you can stay in touch by email or check the Internet for weather reports. The Cruising Guide to New Caledonia shows you the mobile phone reception of any anchorage you might wish to visit.

Here's what you need to get Internet (or voice) while cruising.

1. An UNLOCKED Android or IPhone smart phone, tablet, WiFi modem or USB 4g dongle.

2. The smartphone, tablet or USB key must have the following bands (frequencies)

4G Lte Bands 3 (1800MHz), 7 (2600MHz), 20 (800MHz)

3G WCDMA Bands 1 (2100MHz H-IMT), 8 (900 MHz E-GSM) (Normal for Australia, New Zealand and Europe - not for US or Japanese phones).

4G is more of a problem because while Australia and New Zealand do use Band 3 (1800 MHz) they don't have Band 20 (800 MHz). This is not a huge problem if you have an Australian or New Zealand phone, it just means you can only get 4G in Noumea and areas where there are 1800 MHz stations available. Your 3G will still work and be satisfactory in most areas.

The phone or tablet or WiFi hotspot has to be unlocked or you won't be able to use it in New Caledonia.

If you want to make sure your phone will work in New Caledonia (providing it is unlocked) visit

Scroll down to see some suggestions on inexpensive USB and WiFi modems to access the Internet in New Caledonia.

3. A pay-in-advance SIM card package (Liberte) that costs about 6200 cfp (about $60) and includes a normal sized SIM card and 3000 cfp in call or data credits.

4. For an Android smartphone go to "settings/Wireless & networds/Mobile Networks/ Access Point Names (APN). Click on the menu then "New APN" Give the new APN a name like OPT and set the APN to im (stands for Internet Mobile). Ignore all the other settings.

If you are setting up a USB key start the USB software, Click on Tools/Options and select Profile Management. Click on "new" and give the profile the name OPT, set the APN number to Static and enter the APN im. The Access Number should be *99#. Click on the advanced button and under Authentication Protocol uncheck both CHAP and PAP then click on OK. Save the new profile and you should be ready to connect.

5. To get data you need to send a text SMS with the letters "IMD" for each use.

(note the first letter is an i)

The Internet service will differ, and you're pay in advance account will be debited, depending on what number you send the SMS message to.

Here are the numbers with the corresponding Internet access and cost.

Number Dialed

Time allowed

Data Cap




1 hour

20 MB




24 hours

20 MB




24 hours

Unlimited data but the speed drops to 250Kb/s after 20MB




Use an external antenna for the best Internet coverage while cruising in New Caledonia

In some anchorages it helps to have an external antenna or to use a WiFi connection between the phone and your computer and hoist the phone up to the spreaders.

I use a WiFi modem with a plug for an external antenna. An external antenna is important when you are in a steel yacht or out in an anchorage with minimal reception.I bought the RFI CD2197 7.5dBi Marine Antenna from TelcoAntennas. Contact Craig at TelcoAntennas if you also need to get additional antenna wire to mount the antenna on top of the mast.

Click Here for a detailed tutorial on how to set up a WiFi Modem for Internet access in New Caldeonia.

The Cruising Guide to New Caledonia will show you the mobile phone reception for every anchorage in New Caledonia so you will know before you get there if you can access the Internet or get your email.

Find out how to get set up for reasonable data while cruising in New Caledonia

Order the guide now so you can be sure your phone or tablet will work OK here and what to do to get quickly set up for Internet.

If you already have our guide visit our Google + page for the latest information on how to get data in New Caledonia.

WiFi internet in New Caledonia

Our Cruising guide also shows you where you can connect to WiFi hot spots, and the WiFi coverage of i-Net service in Noumea and Isle of Pines.

The City of Noumea offers free WiFi in the Place des Cocotiers in central downtown Noumea. Works well. You need to open your Internet Browser, fill in a form with a valid email, and the system will send you an email with the login username and password.

Port Moselle Marina now offers free Wi-Fi to visitors on the marina's visitor's wharf. This is a happy short-term convenience but you won't have access once you move off the wharf.

i-Net sells a week's open ended high speed WiFi connection with i-Net. This works a treat on the Visitor's wharf in Port Moselle so if you need to spend some time online that's the way to do it. You can also get WiFi coverage at anchor in the Baie de Orphelinat from the i-Net transmitter at the CNC fuel wharf (where you can also buy an I-Net card) and in Kouto of Isle of Pines.

But 3G is much cheaper and works nearly everywhere (see below).

Internet Cafes in New Caledonia

There are many Internet Cafes around Noumea within easy walking distance of Port Moselle Marina and the Cruising Guide to New Caledonia will show you exactly where they are.

To check out other Internet sites of interest to yachts



Download or order the very best cruising guide to New Caledonia right now and find the answers to all your questions the Internet and communication in New Caledonia.


Call Richard 87 95 63 to purchase the guide directly from the author or purchase the guide from Chloe at Yacht Agent Noumea Ocean Services- her phone number, email and location are on the Noumea Ocean website.

Cruising Guide to New Caledonia DVD

Order the 2017 Cruising Guide to New Caledonia on DVD

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.

There is an extra charge to mail the DVD to an address that is not your billing address and they cannot be mailed to a mid-Pacific Island address, like Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga or Samoa.

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Mailed to your Billing Address

Euro €125.00.

Mailed to a Transient Address

Euro €145.00.

DVD nautical guides to New Caledonia and Vanuatu

Special 4 Guide set:

Cruising and Travel Guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia

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.

There is an extra charge to mail the DVD to an address that is not your billing address and they cannot be mailed to a mid-Pacific Island address, like Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga or Samoa.

Mailed to your Billing Address

Euro €210.00.

Mailed to a Transient Address

Euro €220.00.


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.
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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.

Windows Download New Caledonia

Requires XP or later

Installation file for the cruising guide is 386MB and the companion Activity and Travel Guide 481MB - Euro €125.00.

Mac Download New Caledonia

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.

Windows Download
Vanuatu + New Caledonia

Requires Windows XP or later

Installation files for the 4 guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia are 220MB, 480MB, 386MB, 481MB - Euro 210.00

Mac Download
Vanuatu + New Caledonia

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