Maré, Iles Loyauté, Nouvelle Calédonie

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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Roh Lagoon In Mare, Loyalty Islands
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Niri Bay
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Patho Beach
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Moonrise Over Eni Beach
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Toilets in a CocoNut Grove !
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Loyalty Island, Mare : West Coast Sunset
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Yedjele Beach
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Wabao Beach
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Loyalty Island - Mare : Spining Araucaria columnaris
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Mare : Turtle Bay Beach
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Moonrise Over Eni Beach
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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