Life's a beach on Mare, set between towering limestone cliffs and water so blue it looks fake but Mare is a very real place! From the pristine natural environment, to sparkling waters and ancient traditional culture, this is what this getaway dream is made of. The 7,000 indigenous Kanak people who live on the island have a rich culture that dates back around 40,000 years remaining all but unchanged through the centuries. The magical and mysterious island of Maré is the southern most and highest of the Loyalty Islands. It is the setting for many local myths and legends and just one look at it shows why. Mare is the best kept secret of all New Caledonia's Islands!

Stay in Mare - Loyalty Islands

Land Only Private Tour

Duration : 3 DAYSPrice : FROM $635Country : NEW CALEDONIA
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Children from Maré, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia © Ducandas
Patho Beach, Mare, New Caledonia © DucandasLocal breads, Mare, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia © DucandasMehuet Bay, Mare, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia © DucandasNengone Village Hotel, Swimming Pool, Mare, New Caledonia© DucandasNengone Village Hotel, Bungalow, Maré, Loyalty Islands© DucandasTribal Accommodation, Maré, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia© Ducandas

Life's a beach on Mare, set between towering limestone cliffs and water so blue it looks fake but Mare is a very real place! From the pristine natural environment, to sparkling waters and ancient traditional culture, this is what this getaway dream in Maré is made of. The 7,000 indigenous Kanak people who live on the island have a rich culture that dates back around 40,000 years remaining all but unchanged through the centuries. The magical and mysterious island of Maré is the southern most and highest of the Loyalty Islands. It is the setting for many local myths and legends and just one look at it shows why. Mare is the best kept secret of all New Caledonia's Islands!

Included in the price

  • 2 night's accommodation staying in tribal accommodation (traditional hut) or in Nengone Village (Garden Bungalow) 
  • 3-day rental car (Economy Class) with unlimited km (pick up and drop off at Mare Airport)
  • Return domestic flights from Noumea to Mare including 20kg of checked luggage

Day 1: Noumea - Mare

Departure in the morning (according to the availabilities) for a 40min flight to Mare. Upon arrival at Mare Airport, you will directly pick up your car rental. Night in the accommodation of your choice: Option 1: Traditional hut in Accueil en Tribu / Tribal Accommodation - The traditional hut is architecturally representative of the Kanak culture. Its features represent the lifestyle and organization of the tribes. Option 2: Garden Bungalow at Nengone Village Hotel 3* - Located on one of the numerous white sand beaches of Maré, on a secluded creek lined by a tropical forest, the Nengone Village Hotel offers its guests comfortable accommodation, various leisure activities and is famous for its friendly service.

Day 2: Mare

Day at leisure: Set off to discover the most stunning spots and the most beautiful outings in Maré the most magical and mysterious of the Loyalty Islands. Don’t forget your camera! Among the activities you could enjoy are: the Padawa Caves, the Padawa Caves, the Bone Hole(Trou du Bone), the Gospel monument, the path from Tenane to Roh, the vanilla plantations, the northern beaches, La Asicen cliffs, the markets, Pede beach, the natural aquarium, Cengeité and Wabao beaches, the Pethoen cave, Bone de la Léproserie, Patho-Kurine beach, Shabadran Terraces, Le Saut du Guerrier (Warrior’s Leap), La Roche fortress. Night in the accommodation of your choice.

Day 3: Mare - Noumea

Morning at leisure. Drop off your rental car at the airport at the end of the day. Flight Mare / Noumea (40 min).

Maré - Loyalty Islands

Maré - Loyalty Islands

Life's a beach on Mare, set between towering limestone cliffs and water so blue it looks fake but Mare is a very real place! From the pristine natural environment, to sparkling waters and ancient traditional culture, this is what this getaway dream is made of. The 7,000 indigenous Kanak people who live on the island have a rich culture that dates back around 40,000 years remaining all but unchanged through the centuries. The magical and mysterious island of Maré is the southern most and highest of the Loyalty Islands. It is the setting for many local myths and legends and just one look at it shows why. Mare is the best kept secret of all New Caledonia's Islands so please don’t forget your camera!
LaCity Travel - Traveller Tips for New Caledonia

GEOGRAPHY: New Caledonia is located 21° South, 165° degrees East, and lies just North of the Tropic of Capricorn.   

VISAS: New Caledonia tourist visa is not required for citizens of Australia for a stay up to 90 days, although you will need to have a return ticket. All passports must be valid for 6 months from the date of the arrival. Some other nationalities may require a visa. For further information please contact the French consulate website or your travel consultant.  

MONEY: 1 AUD = 77.84197 XPF (15/12/2013).As in French Polynesia, the local currency is the French Pacific Franc (CFP or XPF), it is divided into 1,2,5,10,20,50 and 100 Franc coins and 500, 10001 5000 and 10000 Franc notes. All banks, are French. Banks operating in New Caledonia include the Banque National de Paris-NC, Banque Calédonienne d’Investissement, (BCI), Banque de Nouvelle Calédonie, Caisse d’Epargne and Société Générale Calédonienne de banque. Banks are open between 8.30am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday. Most credit cards are accepted (Visa, Mastercard, Eurocard, American Express not always).   

ELECTRICITY: New Caledonia’s power supply is 220/240 volts, 60Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 3, 4 wires. The two-pin plugs are the most common.   

CLOTHING: Light, summer-style clothes are appropriate with casual but elegant dress for the evenings. In the cooler months, a sweater or light jacket is recommended.  

CLIMATE / WEATHER: New Caledonia enjoys a semi-tropical climate. The warm season extends from September to March with average temperatures of up to 27 degrees Celsius. The green season from April to August, has average temperatures of around 20 to 23 degrees Celsius.   

TIME DIFFERENCE: Local time in New Caledonia is normally one hour ahead of Australian Eastern Standard Time. During the Daylight Saving Time period, the time in New Caledonia remains one hour ahead of Queensland but is then on the same time as New South Wales and Victoria. New Caledonia is 1 hour behind New Zealand time, and 2 hours during the Daylight Saving.   

LANGUAGE: French is the official language but English is widely spoken. There are 30 different Melanesian dialects. A few phrases in French are always welcomed by the locals.    

ACCOMMODATION: All our hotels have been especially selected. New Caledonia offers a vast array of accommodation optionsfrom 5 star hotels, to luxury apartments, to simple rural lodgings and camping sites.   

FOOD / DRINK: There are numerous fine-dining restaurants stressing French cuisine, along with outdoor dining and snack bars. At night, Nouméa comes alive with an array of nightclubs, bars and discos. Over 140 restaurants serve an array of cuisines including French Provincial, Indonesian, Chinese, Italian, West Indian, Mexican, North African and seafood.   

RELIGION: Largely Roman Catholic, then Protestant although such other religions as Mormon, Baha’I, Muslim and Jewish are also represented.   

HISTORY: New Caledonia was settled by the Lapita people about 1500BC, with archeological sites found at Kone and on the Isle of Pines. Captain Cook aboard HMS Resolution, landed in the Bay of Balade on the North-east coast in 1774. He named the archipelago he discovered, New Caledonia in memory of Scotland. In 1853, under the rule of Napoleon III, the island was officially declared French by Admiral Febvrier-Despointes. It became a French Overseas Territory in 1946. During the World War II, New Caledonia became a centre for the US war effort.   

SHOPPING: Thursday in the City markets and the Maison des Artisans are popular places to meet with local artisans and buy their wares. A wide range of French and European goods including high fashion, leather goods, jewellery, perfume and china is available at duty-free prices. Such an extensive range in many shops has led New Caledonia to be known as the Paris of the Pacific. There are about 40 duty-free shops, mainly in the centre of Noumea, offering reductions of up to 30 per cent on regular prices.   

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:  
January 1 – New Year's Day 
May 1 – French Labour Day 
July 14 – Bastille Day 
August 15 – Assumption Day 
September 24 – New Caledonia Day 
November 1 – All Saints’ Day 
November 11 – Armistice Day 
December 25/26 – Christmas   

POSTAL SERVICES:OPT (Office des Postes et Télécommunications) offices are located throughout New Caledonia. Offices are generally open Monday to Friday from 7.00am to 3.00pm.    

HEALTH: There is no requirement. However, up-to-date vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus and poliomyelitis are recommended.   

SAFETY / SECURITY: We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in New Caledonia. Exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia. Cyclone season in New Caledonia is from November to April, however, tropical storms and cyclones may also occur in other months. See under Additional information: Natural disasters, severe weather and climate for further information. Local authorities have declared an epidemic of dengue fever and have issued a health alert for another mosquito-borne disease, chikungunya. Local authorities have dengue fever and chikungunya prevention measures in place.   

MEDICAL SERVICES: The central hospital in Noumea is the Centre Hospitalier Territorial (CHT), with regional hospitals in Koumac and Poindimié. There are also a number of private hospitals and clinics.   

AIRLINES:     International: New Caledonia’s national airline is Aircalin. Other Airlines serving New Caledonia include Air France, Air New Zealand, Air Vanuatu and Quantas.                 
                     Domestic: 
Domestic flights are operated by Air Calédonie with regular services from Nouméa to airfields on the island, Isle of Pines and Loyalty Islands.  

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: La Tontouta (otherwise known as Tontouta International Airport), is 50 kilometres from Noumea.   

TIPPING: None   

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with LaCity Travel if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you.   

Australian Consulate-General, Noumea 
7th Floor, Immeuble Foch
19 Avenue du Maréchal Foch
Noumea, NEW CALEDONIA 
Telephone (687) 27 24 14
Facsimile (687) 27 80 01
Website 
www.noumea.consulate.gov.au  
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Option 1 : Tribal accommodation (Traditional Hut)*
*Subject to the availability: Seday Tribal Village, Chez Nath, Pe Une or Waterloo Gite.

$635

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Option 2 : Nengone Village Hotel 3* (Garden Bungalow)

$759

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Price does not include 

1. International Flights to and from Nouméa 
2. The activities and excursions recommended in the itinerary 
3. Meals  
4. Personal expenses 
5. Travel insurance 
6.  Petrol Cost

Terms and Conditions 
Domestic flights are with Air Caledonie and include 3kgs of hand luggage and 20kgs of checked luggage.

*Prices are in AUD, subject to availability at time of booking and for new bookings only. The above prices are per person twin-share and valid for travel until 31 March 2018.Surcharges may apply over school holiday periods.Free nights & discounts are already included in costs. All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.Conditions, amendment and cancellation fees apply. Travel insurance is strongly recommended. 

Details on flights Nouméa / Maré / Nouméa for this package: 20 kg luggage maximum per person.

Add a Half Day Maré Island Tour from $65 per person
Add Buffet Breakfast from $32 per person per day
Upgrade to a Beach Bungalow on Maré from $49 per person