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Ascien Cave Mare Loyalty Islands

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During the Fete de l'Avocat (Avacado Festival) on Mare, the people of the village organize treks through the forests and sea coasts of Mare.

The Asicen Forest Walk is a two to three hour reasonably easy and level trek that follows an ancient hunting path. The walkers enjoy a 10 minute rest stop about half way in a big semi-cave in the cliff. Just overhead a swarm of bees build a wild hive in the rocks.

The group includes some very young children, including an infant that rides in a pack on mom's back. The youngsters enjoy talking with the guide - Pen Jo'on, from the Tribu de Nece. He tells the youngsters about how the villagers hunt for coconut crabs and pigeons in the forest.

The walks are fun and challenging and, as Pen Jo'on says, it is more than a tourist activity, it is an oportunity to find out more about their culture and lives on this little island in the south Pacific.

You can get the latest information on the festivals of the Loyalty Islands from the official Destination Loyalty Islands Tourism website

For general information about travel to New Caledonia and tourism in the Loyalty islands check out the Rocket Guide to New Caledonia.

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Panorama's in de omgeving van Mare, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia

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A: Asicen Forest Walk Mare Loyalty Islands

door Richard Chesher, 50 hier vandaan

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B: Sadro Dancers Avocado Festival Mare Island

door Richard Chesher, 1.3 hier vandaan

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C: Avacado Dance Mare Loyalty Islands New Caledonia

door Richard Chesher, 1.3 hier vandaan

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D: Fete Avocat Market Mare

door Richard Chesher, 1.4 hier vandaan

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E: Nece Bay Mare Loyalty Islands

door Richard Chesher, 1.4 hier vandaan

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F: Mare New Caledonia Tour

door Richard Chesher, 9.0 hier vandaan

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G: Natural Aquarium Mare

door Richard Chesher, 9.8 hier vandaan

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H: Mare New Caledonia Accommodation Seday

door Richard Chesher, 10.3 hier vandaan

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I: Snorkeling Mare New Caledonia Roh

door Richard Chesher, 10.6 hier vandaan

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J: Pede Beach Mare Loyalty Islands

door Richard Chesher, 11.3 hier vandaan

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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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