Image Credit - Richard Chesher -  Rocket Guides New Caledonia

Image Credit - Richard Chesher - Rocket Guides New Caledonia

Rally Information: 

  • Destination: Island of Lifou, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

  • Anchorage name: Baie de Drueulu

  • Approx. anchorage waypoint: 20 55. 405 S /167 04.949 E

  • Date of Clearance: 25th September 2019.

  • Time of Clearance: 09:00

Image Credit - Richard Chesher -  Rocket Guides New Caledonia

Image Credit - Richard Chesher - Rocket Guides New Caledonia

About the Rally:

The purpose of the Down Under Rally "Loyalty Islands Rally" is to provide vessels heading to New Caledonia with the opportunity to be able to make the most of their time in New Caledonia by providing them with the option to join the rally and obtain full clearance into the country in the Loyalty Islands.

Normally vessels are not permitted to stop anywhere in New Caledonia without first having cleared into the country in Noumea which is on the western side of the mainland.

By joining the Loyalty Islands Rally participants are able to experience more of New Caledonia's magnificent cruising grounds especially those in the east and to the south that are often difficult if not impossible to return to from Noumea in the limited time available.  

To make this opportunity possible the Down Under Rally are flying in the officials from the mainland to perform the clearance of vessels who are participating in the rally and a such, clearance of the participating vessels can only take place in the location below on the date and time stipulated. All costs associated with obtaining this clearance are included in the rally entry fee.

The rally is open to all vessels who are sailing to New Caledonia direct from Fiji or Vanuatu

Vessels who have not registered and paid the rally entry fee are not permitted to obtain clearance in the Loyalty islands and must proceed directly to the official port of entry, Noumea.

In order to participate in the rally the rally registration form must have been completed and submitted and payment of the rally entry fee have been made in full prior to the vessel departing its previous port.

  • Vessels participating the rally can begin to arrive at the designated anchorage area up to 24 hours prior to the date of clearance

  • On arrival vessels participating in the rally must have their Q flag aloft and no one is permitted to go ashore or board the vessel until such time as customs, immigration and biosecurity clearance formalities / inspections have been completed.

  • The clearance of vessels participating in the rally will commence at approximately 09:00 hours (GMT+11) on the date that clearance has been arranged. Clearances of all vessels are expected to be completed by 15:00 hours on the same day (subject to vessel numbers).

After clearance has been granted:

Vessels are then free to either cruise the islands in the company of other rally participants or do so on their own - there is no set agenda once your clearance is obtained.

The Down Under Rally will assist to arrange for shuttle buses to take rally participants to the local shopping centre for provisioning and the local post office /ATM where local currency can be obtained. There will be a fee payable to the driver of the vehicle for transport on the day. This fee is expected to be approximately 1000 xpf.   

There will be the opportunity to attend an Official Welcome Ceremony & Traditional Feast hosted by the local village. Participants in the rally are also invited to attend a "Cruising New Caledonia" information session hosted by the rally organisers.

The ceremony/feast & info session will take place in the afternoon / evening of 26th September. Cost to attend is 3000 xpf per person (children under 13 years free to attend). Payable to the village at the event & NOT INCLUDED IN THE RALLY ENTRY FEE.




  • Written requests for refunds up to 30 days prior to September 1st 2019 will receive a 50% refund of the rally entry fee.

  • Refund requests for the DUR Loyalty Islands Rally entry fee must be emailed to and must be received by the Down Under Rally prior to September 1st 2019

  • No refunds after September 1st 2019

  • If for any reason the Down Under Rally cancels this rally a full refund will be made.


  • As of January 2019 all persons traveling on a passport that is issued from a country that is not part of the European Union who visit New Caledonia are required to have travel insurance or health insurance that covers any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent health attention and/or emergency hospital treatment.

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