For me, Maré was a stop on a short South Pacific cruise. A number of operators, including Carnival (the one which I travelled on) and P&O, offer cruises stopping at Maré and this is the way the vast majority of visitors get to and from the island.
All cruise lines offer the same single shore excursion which is a bus ride to Yedjélé Beach on the opposite side of the island to Tadine, where you come ashore, via tender, from the cruise ship.The return bus trip cost A$19 (discount for children) if bought on board the ship. A friend has told me that you can buy a ticket for $A16 at the bus boarding point – I did not verify this. The buses are basic but sufficient for the 8km or 15mins ride.
Air Caledonie (http://www.air-caledonie.nc/en/) flies to Maré three times daily from Noumea. Fares (economy only) vary from XPF 8000 to XPF 13,000 one way. I have not checked out details of transfers to/from the airport though know that accommodation houses offer these if you have a room booking.
By Betico Ferry (http://www.betico.nc/content/english-info), it is a 4hr trip between Noumea and Tadine, Maré . The ferry runs three times a week. Once a week it returns to Noumea via Lifou, another of the Loyalty Islands group. Noumea to Maré costs between XPF 8200 and XPF10,500 – adult, one way. Sorry about the quality/shot angle of my ferry (Betico 2) picture, taken at Ile des Pins. Side on, the ferry actually looked quite nice.
While I have taken neither option, based on prior experience of travelling in the Pacific, I would suggest you fly at least one way as views down onto the sea and coral reefs from the sky would be spectacular.
As for the airport, I have not checked out details of transfers to/from Tadine though know that accommodation houses offer these if you have a room booking.
There is no public transport service on Maré.
This blog entry is one of a group (loop) of entries based on my trip to Maré, New Caledonia. I suggest you continue with my next entry – Paradise Even On A Dull Day – or to start the loop at the beginning go to my introductory entry – Maré – New Caledonia’s Hidden Gem