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Port of Call - Mare

Nestled in the heart of the Loyalty Islands, Mare is a true paradise of New Caledonia. Known for its majestic flora and fauna, age-old cultural traditions, unmarred natural wonders and world-class white sand beaches, Mare is the perfect destination to get to know this very special part of the world.

Without a doubt, the island´s most treasured attraction is the stunning natural aquarium that can be found just next to the main village of Tadine, toward Eni. This gorgeous natural pool is perfect for swimming and discovering some of the fascinating marine life that call this island home.

A small population and untouched beauty are what makes the Island of Mare an absolute must during your Pacific Islands adventure.

What to Explore
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Island Tour

Relish in the natural beauty that the Loyalty Islands are known for and take a guided island tour. From awe-inspiring coral reefs and majestic white sand beaches, to rugged cliffs crowned by untouched pine trees, turquoise lagoons and limestone caves, this island offers some of the most amazing natural sights one could ever lay eyes on.

Local Markets

Indulge in your passion for shopping and browse some of the fantastic local markets on offer.

Shop for hand-made handicrafts, souvenirs and local delicacies, all made by the locals who welcome tourists to take a piece of Mare Island home with them.

Catholic Mission at La Roche

Discover something a little different about Mare when you visit the Catholic mission at La Roche. Surrounded by massive stone walls and positioned just opposite grand limestone cliffs, this community is the second largest in Mare.

Climb the stone walls to enjoy unparalleled views of the island and is surrounds and ensure you lug the camera up there with you.

Temperatures
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Average Temperatures

  • January: 26°C
  • February: 26°C
  • March: 25°C
  • April: 24°C
  • May: 22°C
  • June: 21°C
  • July: 20°C
  • August: 20°C
  • September: 21°C
  • October: 22°C
  • November: 23°C
  • December: 25°C

Dining
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Dining Suggestions

Tempt your taste buds with some of the tasty French cuisine on offer in Mare's charming restaurants, bars and cafes.

Try out the Plats Du Jour (meal of the day), which can range from Lemon Bay delicacies to age-old recipes from island locals, with all food made from the freshest of local ingredients.

Bring to Shore
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What to bring to shore?

When heading onto Mare Island, ensure you bring along a hat, sunscreen, flat-soled shoes and lightweight clothe if you plan on doing a lot of walking around.

If you would simply prefer to laze by the beach and take a dip, make sure you don't forget your swimming gear, a towel and a good book. Snorlelling gear can be hired onboard if you feel like exploring the coral reef that borders the island.

Docking
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Docking

Your ship will dock just off Mare Island, with the jetty and boardwalk providing easy access into the village.

Information
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General Information

Currency: CPF Franc

Language: French

Time zone: UTC+11

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