With a total area of 650km², Maré (Nengone in the local language) is half the size of Lifou. The island shelters wild and breathtaking landscapes that will undoubtedly leave their imprint on you.Maré is made up of 5 layers of coral strata that stack up 130 meters high on the south coast. Rugged cliffs, intricate basaltic rock formations, deep forests, charming creeks, powdery sand and rocky promontories that run along immaculate beaches: Maré has it all. The central plain, carved out by the lagoon, counts numerous caves and natural pools of freshwater and seawater. These exceptional habitats attract fish and turtles alike. In Maré you will contemplate hues of blue and green that you won’t encounter anywhere else.  

 

1er jour nord

 
 
 

Day 1 – Northern Tour

arrival at La Roche
Breakfast at Peune (Marcel Wayaridri's traditional accommodation facility) and accommodation facility for the night.
walk along the beaches of Céné and Ekure with Nöel Wiako.
picnic on the Ekure Beach or lunch at Nöel Wiako’s (a traditional in-tribe facility).
Back at the Peune (Marcel Wayaridri’s traditional accommodation facility) tour of the vanilla plantations and visit of Marcel Wayaridri’s orchard.
 tour of the tribal village of Roh ( historical monument) and snorkelling at Gîte Seday ( Jacques Wadehnane's accommodation facility).
 contemplate the sunset while staying in the charming Padawa tribal village and back at Peune for the night.

 map colors

 

07h30 Petit déjeuner à Faré Falaise compressed 08h30 point de vue Jokin 12h repas au fenepaza
13h30 baie de jinekorig 13h30 Chappelle Easo compressed 16h suggestion hebergement Lilo Reve compressed
13h30 baie de jinekorig 13h30 Chappelle Easo compressed

 

The island that speaks to your heart

With a total area of 650m², Maré (Nengone in the local language) is half the size of Lifou. The island shelters wild and breathtaking landscapes that will undoubtedly leave their imprint on you. Lifou is made up of 5 layers of coral strata that stack up 130 meters high on the south coast. Rugged cliffs, intricate basaltic rock formations, deep forests, charming creeks, powdery sand and rocky promontories that run along immaculate beaches: Lifou has it all. The central plain, carved out by the lagoon, counts numerous caves and natural pools of freshwater and seawater. These exceptional habitats attract fish and turtles alike. In Maré you will contemplate hues of blue and green that you won’t encounter anywhere else. 

Maré is divided into 8 districts that regroup 29 tribal villages:  Guahma, Tadine, Wabao, Eni, Médu, La Roche, Tawaïnedr and Pénélo. The island counts 6,900 inhabitants whose main activity is market gardening. The tasty fruits and vegetables they produce are sent all over New Caledonia. Maré’s delicious avocadoes have become so famous and sought after that a yearly festival celebrates them!

Captain Raven, a British explorer, came to Maré in 1803. At first, the island was named after his sailboat, the Britannia. For years Maré was influenced by British merchants, missionaries and sailors. Even the local language, Nengone, has been permeated by English words and pronunciation. In1800, Captain Butler was actually the first European explorer to reach Maré aboard his ship, the Walpole. But it is only about forty years later that true contact was established between locals and white settlers. In 1841, Reverend Murray began spreading the Protestant faith. His Catholic counterpart, Reverend Beaulieu, started preaching and converting too. Incidents and unrest ensued until 1883. The people of Maré have always gladly integrated foreigners to their community, thereby fostering ethnic diversity. You will love meeting these friendly locals: open-minded but strong-willed!