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Very Pretty

Mare is one of the prettiest islands, lush with coconut trees and palm trees, stunning waters, and... read more

Reviewed October 22, 2018
KathleenGaza
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Alice Springs, Australia
Spectacular Water

Visited the island with a Royal Caribbean cruise. Even with all the people from the ship, there was... read more

Reviewed September 4, 2018
Mark S
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Terrigal, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of most beautiful islands I have visited. Great scenery. The best Snorkelling I have done. So many different types of fish and some turtles as well. Simply amazing

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Nathan M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time to this place and not as nice as the other islands. Markets good at the waterfront and lots to explore with good walking shoes. Paid $25 each which is compulsory from carnival cruise to go down to the beach. Wow beautiful but not...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Denise L
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited via cruise ship the Golden Princess and this island was wonderful, I love this little island, some of the family got the shuttle bus to the beach for snorkelling and swimming whilst the rest of us jumped into a gorgeous little inlet near...More

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank AINOZ
Reviewed October 31, 2018

Went here by ship and stayed just a few hours. Fortunately, first on the beach. It was spectacular by any measure, comparable to Wineglass in Tassie. People are wonderful if you take the time to get to know them. Speaking French an advantage but some...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 22, 2018

Mare is one of the prettiest islands, lush with coconut trees and palm trees, stunning waters, and friendly, welcoming peoples. Plenty of rocks pools to explores, as well as Yejele beach and markets.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 14, 2018

got our tickets for return bus trip to yeleji beach on board [$20 aus ea] not much at wharf, about 15 minute bus trip to the best beach in the pacific, clear water,white sand thats a bit rough on bare feet so wear reef shoes...More

Date of experience: April 2018
6  Thank albanybloke
Reviewed September 7, 2018

Mare is beautiful! The snorkeling was good but not incredibly overwhelming. There was food and drink readily available at cheap prices however, it would have been good to have seen and been able to try some local food - especially seafood. We seemed to only...More

Date of experience: September 2018
5  Thank Go797116
Reviewed September 4, 2018

Visited the island with a Royal Caribbean cruise. Even with all the people from the ship, there was plenty of room to lay under a palm tree. The water was crystal clear and I snorkel around the reef and through caves for hours. My wife...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Mark S
Reviewed August 24, 2018

We had a happy day here but beware of the change of tide as the reef becomes very shallow in places and the current as very strong. The reef is clean and alive with fish and snorkelling there was fun. The beach is big enough...More

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank Jennifer L
Reviewed August 23, 2018

Unless you are in to snorkeling then give this a miss, most people go there on part of a cruise but for us we will stay on the ship next time.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Put-Dorozhka
Hello, Can anybody who has recently traveled to New Caledonia, please, advice regarding Mare beaches on Dec.26, 2018? Our ship (Noordam) offers only one option for this island – a bus transfer to Yejele Beach. I worry that with almost 2000 passengers on board this beach will be overcrowded and we will not enjoy snorkeling there. Are there any other nice beaches we can go to snorkel? How difficult is it to hire a taxi at the port? Some recent posts on TripAdvisor are saying that “all the transport is booked by the cruise so you will need to buy ship transfer, no private hire taxi's at the port”. But others posts (about 9-10 month earlier) suggested to hire local guys to do a private tour on Mare, plus Enis Beach with no crowds. I am so confused! We’ve done several Caribbean and Central America cruises and always prefer to hire local guides via TripAdvisor or taxi drivers at the ports of call. Many thanks
December 3, 2018|
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Response from Kiwi_Judy | Reviewed this property |
You will find that quite a few people will either not leave the ship or will stay and swim at the bay where the tender drops you off. Buses run frequently to Yejele Beach and I was surprised how deserted both the beach and... More
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Tav013
November 15, 2018|
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Response from Copthat1 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Tav013, We booked on the ship prior to getting off (best to do the day before or even earlier as there are big queues last minute..), and believe it might have been around $20AUS return pp. This guarantees your return... More
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October 6, 2018|
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Response from Kiwi_Judy | Reviewed this property |
You can also buy your bus ticket from the shore.
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Misspp
Sydney
Mare Island cruising (3 Replies)
We are going to Mare Island in November on RC cruise. Has anyone got any recommendations of what we can do for the day. Are there locals who will do guided tours or can we pre-book something. Thanks
October 01, 2016|
Response fromFamrick|
On our visits to Mare there has never been much offered in the way of local touring once we got ashore. If a shuttle is offered to Yejele beach by the ship that's what I would do. There is generally a market set up and locals have food for sale. The beach itself is picture postcard stuff but like any other beach just keep an eye on the water for any signs of rips or undertows. In the town where the tenders drop you there will be a market and you can just wander round the town itself but...More
redhotfirefly
Melbourne
Day 6 Carnival Legend at Mare Island 11th December 2014 (0 Replies)
Day 6 Mare New Caledonia (France) 641 kmsq - pop 6,900 This morning we hear the anchor chains clunking away around 8.00am. Mare from the deck appears to have a rock only coastline. It’s understandable that we need a bus to get to a sandy beach, as it seems it may be some distance away, but not everybody is keen to hand over $20 AUD hardearned for the privilege. The loudspeaker had announced that tickets could be purchased on shore (the queue was short) and any unused tickets would be...More
December 22, 2014|
sergio2008
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Holidaying in New Caledonia - a personal perspective (15 Replies)
Because there have been a few "questionmarks" about holidaying in New Caledonia in recent posts, I thought I give a bit of an overview from my perspective, having lived in the country for three years, plus visited on many occasions since then. I have holidayed in the Cook Islands, Fiji and Vanuatu on a number of occasions and lived in Auckland, NZ for many years before moving to Sydney so I guess I have a bit of "regional perspective" as well. If you come to New Caledonia on a cruise...More
August 01, 2008|
Response fromFernsie|
What a great post, Sergio! My husband & I have visited New Caledonia & the Loyalty Islands (Mare & Lifou)many times. We just feel so passionate about the country, I was beginning to think that we were the only tourists who could see what the people & the country had to offer. We'll be off again next March-April (New Caledonia & Lifou) it's been far too long (2 years) since our last visit & your post has reminded us why we must go again.