Mare, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

Mare Island is the southernmost of the four Loyalty Islands in New Caledonia. It is an uplifted coral atoll with jagged cliffs on the southern shores 130 metres high. The center of the island, the ancient lagoon, is flat and there are several caves and sink-holes - some with salt water and others with fresh water.

Air Caledonie offers two flights a day to Mare - a 40 minute flight. There is also a 3.5 hour high speed ocean going catamaran Betico II. 

There is just one Mare hotel, the Nengone Village Hotel, one Gite, two tribal stays, and one camping ground. The primary attraction for visitors are the wilderness walks, the snorkelling, the lovely beaches, and the festivals.

There is no public transport on Mare but there are small tour buses, taxis, and rental car agencies. The island is small enough that you can also rent a bicycle and visit many of the main tourism destinations.

As in all the Loyalty Islands the people speak their own local Melanesian language plus French.

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Ascien Cave Mare Loyalty Islands
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Nengone Village Hotel Mare New Caledonia
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Mare Hotel Nengone Village New Caledonia
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Mare New Caledonia Accommodation Seday
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Mare New Caledonia Tour
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Mare New Caledonia Trek Eoce
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Snorkeling Mare New Caledonia Roh
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Coconu Grove With Toilets
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Mare Sunset West Coast
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Spining Pine
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Fete Avocat Market Mare
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Shini Beach Mare Loyalty Islands
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Natural Aquarium Mare
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Warrior's Leap Mare Loyalty Islands