Mare (Photo:Nenad Basic/Shutterstock)
Mare (Photo:Nenad Basic/Shutterstock)
3.0 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

Giulio Saggin
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Mare

Mare, a raised coral atoll, is part of the Loyalty Islands, an archipelago in the French overseas territory of New Caledonia.

Despite regular visits by cruise ships, Mare remains largely off the tourist track, which has helped maintain it as a tropical paradise. Palm trees overhang the crystal-clear waters surrounding the island, and Yejele Beach, with its pristine white sands, is a highlight.

A market selling local wares greets cruisers dockside. Thatched-roofed villages dot the island, and there is little in the way of traffic on the roads. Go for a wander, and take in the lovely views of the bay. The French-speaking locals, in their colourful dress, are always willing to return a smile and a "bonjour."

--By Giulio Saggin, Cruise Critic contributor

Shore Excursions

About Mare


Pro

Rest, relaxation and friendly locals abound in the relatively unspoiled tropical port of Mare

Con

There's not much to see beyond the beach and a small local market, which might not be ideal for active cruisers

Bottom Line

If a quiet beach day is on your agenda, off-the-beaten-path Mare will fit the bill


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