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Sector 5. New Caledonia

are low and wooded, and are separated from the mainland by a narrow channel. On the W side of the reefs surrounding the two islets a buoy is moored.

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Passe de Ouaieme (Wiciem) (20°36'S., 164°54'E.), between

the reef on which Ilot Tilguitt lies and Recif de Panie, about 2.5 miles NW, is divided into two parts by a shoal, with a depth of 4.9m, near the middle, and a patch, with a depth of 4.6m, lying about 0.4 mile E of the NE extremity of Recif de Panie. Passe de Puail (20°35'S., 164°51'E.), separated from Passe de Ouaieme by Recif de Panie, is narrow and dangerous, and is not recommended.

Passe de Tao lies between Recif Tao and Recif Colnett. The passage lies in a NW-SE direction, and is about 0.5 mile wide, but is obstructed in the center of the fairway by two patches, with depths of 8.2m. There are some shoals projecting from the reef on each side, and a patch, with a depth of 2.7m, lies about 0.5 mile NW of the NW extremity of Recif Tao. There is a pier, with a depth of 7m at its head, near Tao Village.

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Cap Colnett (20°30'S., 164°46'E.) is a salient point 15 miles

NW of Baie Hienghene. It is the highest part of New Cale- donia. The mountains in the vicinity of the cape are nearly all sharp serrated ridges. Sommet Colnett stands about 3 miles SSW of the cape and has an elevation of 1,514m. A shoal, with a depth of 0.6m, lies about 0.5 mile E of the cape, about 0.3 mile offshore.

Cap Colnett to Ile Pam

5.63 Between Cap Colnett and Pointe Nen’diaran, about 30

miles NW, the coastal reef is steep-to. Several small streams discharge, and the resulting breaks in the reef affords shelter to small craft. The NW part is very mountainous and its coast is fringed with mangroves.

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Port Henry (20°25'S., 164°38'E.) is situated about 8.5 miles

NW of Cap Colnett. Anchorage may be obtained, in a depth of 7.3m, mud and sand, good holding ground. It has been reported that many vessels have ridden out gales without sustaining any damage. There is a jetty at Port Henry.

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Passe le Leizour, between the NW end of Grand Recif

Colnett and Grand Recif de la Seine, is 0.75 mile wide, but is narrowed by the submerged prolongation of the reefs on either side to about 0.3 mile. The entrance to the passage may be located from the N by the cascade at Tao, bearing 159°, and in clear weather by Sommet Panie (20°36'S., 164°47'E.), bearing 170°.

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Passe de Pouebo (Passe de Puebo) lies between the NW end

of Grand Recif de la Seine and the SE end of Grand Recif Pouma. The white church at Port Pouebo, bearing 226°, leads through the passage. The passage can be identified by its remarkable funnel-shaped entrance. On the NE side of Grand Recif de la Seine is the entrance to a lagoon, which should not be mistaken for a passage through the reefs.

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Passe de Balade and Passe d’Amoss, between Grand Recif

Pouma and Grand Recif de Cook, are separated from each other by Recif Balade. Passe de Balade is 0.5 mile wide and safe. Passe d’Amoss is not recommended as it has not been surveyed.

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The inner passages can best be seen on the chart.

Ile Pam to Ilot Daougae

5.65 Ile Pam (20°15'S., 164°17'E.), located about 0.8 mile

W of Pointe Nen’Diaran, is a narrow island about 3 miles in length, in a N-S direction. The island is traversed throughout its length by a chain of hills. On the E side of the island the hills slope to the shore, whereas, on the W side there is a band of mangroves between the shore and the base of the hills. Beacons mark the NE extremity of a reef which extends 0.5 mile N from the island. Two other beacons mark the reef. Baie de Pam (20°14'S., 164°18'E.) is entered between Ile

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Pam and Pointe Nen’Diaran. The deposits from Fleuve Diahot de Bon De (20°20'S., 164°20'E.) tend to diminish the depths in the bay, especially in the SE part, where there is a large bank that partially uncovers at LWS. A narrow spit lies about 0.5 mile N of this bank, with depths of 3.7 to 4.9m, leaving a channel with depths of 4.9 to 7.3m on its E side. The extremity of the sandspit which extends about 0.2 mile W from Pointe Nen’Diaran is marked by a beacon.

5.64 Port Pouebo (20°22'S., 164°35'E.), between the N

side of Muelebe Flat and Bailly Point, is about 0.9 mile long and 0.3 mile wide between the steep-to reefs on either side. There is no difficulty entering the port, but it is sufficient to keep midway between Muelebe Flat and the reef fringing Bailly Point. A beacon stands on the NE extremity of Muelebe Flat; a second beacon, reported (1996) destroyed, stands on the NW extremity.

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The river which discharges into the port can be ascended by

boats as far as the mission station, where there is a conspicuous white church. Anchorage can be taken as desired by a bearing on Bailly Point. Strong NE winds send in a heavy swell, but the holding ground is good.

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Plateau de Freycinet (20°17'S., 164°30'E.), located 6 miles

NW of Bailly Point, is a coral reef which is steep-to on the S or channel side. The flat is prolonged to the SE by two patches which nearly always breaks. About 1 mile SE of Recif Anlo, the S of the two patches, is an isolated sunken rock on which the sea always breaks. There are several shoal spots extending 0.9 mile W from the flat. A beacon stands on the edge of the coastal reef abreast of Recif Anlo. Ilot Poudioue (20°17'S., 164°30'E.), low and bare, lies on the coastal reef S of Plateau de Freycinet. There is an anchorage 0.7 mile NW of Ilot Poudioue, but should only be used during good weather. An- chorage may be obtained, in a depth of 12 to 12.8m, with Ilot Poudioue bearing 115°, and the W blockhouse on shore, bearing 195°.

In the channels S of Plateau de Freycinet, the flood current sets SE and the ebb current sets NW.

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Anse de Tiari (20°14'S., 164°21'E.) is entered W of Pointe

Daoubin. Anchorage may be obtained, in depths of 20.1 to 25.6m, with Pointe Daoubin bearing 105°, distant about 0.5 mile. Pointe Nen’Diaran lies about 2.8 miles W of Pointe Daoubin. The point is the abrupt termination of the mountain range which occupies the NE side of New Caledonia. A prom- inent white house stands on the side of a hill about 1 mile SE of the village of Tiari.

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