Mare cruises destination information
|Mare itinerary and upcoming sailing dates|
|Dec 17, 2019||Christmas, 10 nights||from $2899|
|Jan 8, 2020||A Taste of New Caledonia, 8 nights||from $2513|
|Nov 25, 2019||Discover Vanuatu, 10 nights||from $3316|
|Jan 22, 2020||South Pacific, 9 nights||from $2517|
|Jan 10, 2020||South Pacific, 12 nights||from $3464|
|Mar 11, 2020||Pacific Islands, 8 nights||from $1617|
|Jan 20, 2020||Pacific Islands, 8 nights||from $2415|
|Mar 1, 2020||Pacific Islands, 10 nights||from $2164|
|Feb 10, 2020||Pacific Islands, 8 nights||from $1828|
|Jan 6, 2020||Pacific Islands, 10 nights||from $2474|
|Dec 17, 2019||South Pacific, 10 nights||from $4130|
|Dec 9, 2019||Pacific Islands, 9 nights||from $2464|
|Jan 27, 2020||Pacific Islands, 11 nights||from $2969|
|Feb 25, 2020||South Pacific, 11 nights||from $2111|
|Mar 18, 2020||South Pacific, 10 nights||from $2217|
|Jul 30, 2020||Pacific Islands, 8 nights||from $1962|
|Apr 13, 2020||Pacific Islands, 11 nights||from $3077|
|Mar 7, 2020||South Pacific, 11 nights||from $2114|
|Jan 17, 2020||Pacific Island Hopper, 7 nights||from $1841|
|May 11, 2020||Pacific Islands, 9 nights||from $2001|
The Stunning Main Port of Mare
Maré is a commune in the Loyalty Islands Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The commune of Maré is made up of Maré Island and the much smaller Dudun Island, which lie among the Loyalty Islands, to the northeast of New Caledonia's mainland. The settlement of Tadin, on Maré Island, is the administrative centre of the commune of Maré.
Life's a beach on Mare, set between towering limestone cliffs and water so blue it looks fake. (We promise, it's real.) Squint out over the lagoon and you might just spot a dolphin or a dugong playing on the reef. You'll also see colours in the water unlike anywhere else in the world due to the amazing water clarity.
Now imagine a perfect natural pool with crystal-clear water, where fish and turtles play tag among coral. These natural aquariums were created when the Loyalty Islands rose up out of the ocean a millennia ago. Cool off from the tropical warmth before heading underground to see the Loyalty Islands' other striking natural feature, its caves. Want to explore?
Cruise Port: What to do in Mare
Cruise ships aren't as common in Mare as they can be in other New Caledonian ports, meaning the island is ready to warmly welcome those who do make the trip! Once onshore in Tadine Bay, visitors can enjoy the many delights of this charming Melanesian isle.
Mare is a tender port, which means that the ship will dock offshore at Tadine Bay - passengers can wake up to views over the island and the prospect of a day onshore before being ferried to the jetty in Tadine Bay. This peaceful little port village makes a wonderful introduction to Mare.
Obtaining cash in a small and lightly inhabited place like Mare can be difficult, and tourism infrastructure is very limited. We recommend stocking up on Pacific Francs, the official currency for New Caledonia, before your cruise or in Noumea if you stop there. Many locals will also accept Australian Dollars although this can't be guaranteed.
Neither tipping nor bartering are part of the local culture, although you could round up your bill for great service should you choose to - it is not rude to forgo a tip! At markets, always pay the marked price.
Local life and language
There are close to 7,000 people living on Mare, mainly of Melanesian descent, called Kanaks. The primary indigenous language is NengonÃ©, and many inhabitants live as part of tribes under various chieftains. French is widely spoken. Both Catholic and Protestant churches and communities are present, and modesty is valued so try not to dress very revealingly when away from the beach.
Most local people are friendly and respectful, and it is polite to return any greetings. If by chance you are invited to enter a village or chief's house, do your best to bring a gift - and do not enter without being asked!
What to do in Mare
Relax and enjoy
Any tropical island is an ideal setting for a day of doing not much, and Mare is no exception. Tadine, where tenders come ashore, does not offer much in the way of beaches, but does have a market where you can spend some dollars and some time. Many opt to make the trip to somewhere like Yejele Beach which is a gorgeous stretch of perfect sand to the south, ideal for sunbathing and swimming.
Around three kilometres to the south of Tadine is the spectacular and interesting â€œAquarium Naturelle,â€ a large and shallow rockpool full of myriad beautiful fish. It is cut off from the ocean and replenished from some subterranean source. There are even turtles to see - but be aware that swimming in the tranquil aquarium is not allowed.
Get on yer bike
Renting a scooter or a bike is a fun way to get around on Mare, allowing you to stop and take it all in as well as get a bit of exercise while off the ship. Many of the main sights will be reachable with a push bike, and you can always stop and ask a local for directions! If you like to set your own schedule and explore independently, a bike rental for the day is perfect.
Most cruise lines offer just one excursion on Mare, a transfer from the tender jetty in Tadine to the gorgeous Yejele Beach. Those who just want a day of sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling and perusing the stalls set up there by locals will find that a prepaid transfer makes for a worry-free and easy plan, costing less than $20.
Those wanting to make their own way could rent a bike as mentioned above, or take advantage of local taxis. This more flexible transport option means you can stop and see other highlights of the island or head off the beaten track a bit - perhaps open yourself to suggestions from locals about where to go. Some of those living on the island may even hire themselves out as tour guides. Just be sure to get back to the tender dock in time for the last ride back to the ship!
A stop at Mare during a cruise to New Caledonia is an unforgettable experience, a day in an idyllic tropical paradise with lots of natural beauty and fantastic cultural experiences. Relaxation and adventure both make themselves available to visitors, so start planning a cruise which includes Mare!Cruises visiting Mare
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