Mare Island, New Caledonia
Maré Island is the second-largest island of the Loyalty Islands, in the archipelago of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island is part of the commune (municipality) of Maré, in the Islands Province of New Caledonia. It lies northeast of Grande Terre, New Caledonia's mainland.
The main village on Maré is Tadine, it's a peaceful little port village. Visitors are warmly welcomed but are expected to respect the local tribal customs.
Attractions on the island include the natural aquarium about 1.2 miles from Tadine toward Eni. It's a beautiful pool with translucent waters. You can also take a swim at the water hole in Eni, just as you enter the village on your left.
Things to see and do
* Beach activities & water sports
* Island tour (4WD or minibus)
* The ‘Natural Aquarium’
* Underwater Caves
* Camp Visit
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – CFP franc (XPF)
Language – French
Land Area – 641.7 km²
Population – 8,000 approx
Electricity – 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus eleven hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 687
Port Location – Cruise ship passengers disembark at Tadine, the main town on Mare.
Travel Links – New Caledonie offers flights to Mare.