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Sadro Dancers Avocado Festival Mare Island
Mare, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

Every year the village of Nece (pronounced Netchay) puts on an Avocado Festival - "Fete de l'Avocat". Visitors make the 40 minute flight from Noumea on Air Caledonie and even more arrive on the high speed catamaran the Betico II that streaks down the coast of Grande Terre from Noumea then out Havannah Pass and over to Tadine in Mare - a 2.5 hour passage. The villagers have lots of things organized, including custom dancing by the Sadro Dance group and a market where you can buy all the Avocados you can carry, treks through the forest, snorkelling, a boat trip, and a round-the-island excursion in a school bus. The date changes every year but you can get the latest information from the official Destination Loyalty Islands Tourism website

Copyright: Richard Chesher
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Taken: 30/04/2009
Uploaded: 11/05/2009
Updated: 23/05/2014
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Tags: mare island; fete de l'avocat; loyalty islands; new caledonia; avocado festival
  • aurelie over 1 year ago
    ça donne envi d'y aller!!
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