Tadine Port Bar – One for the Road

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Having spent the best part of a day swimming, snorkelling and relaxing on the beach and a little more time looking around the market and the small village of Tadine, relax and have a drink before heading back to your cruise ship (assuming that’s how you got here, as the vast majority of visitors do). Continue reading “Tadine Port Bar – One for the Road”

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La Monique Memorial – Tragedy In Paradise

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When disaster strikes small communities like that on Maré, where everyone knows everyone, are particularly badly hit.

This memorial, by the harbour at the small port of Tadine, is to the 126 passengers and crew who lost their lives on the night of  July 31st, 1953 when La Monique, a small passenger/cargo boat, disappeared on a routine 140 kms trip across the reef strewn seas between Tadine and Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia. Continue reading “La Monique Memorial – Tragedy In Paradise”

Shopping At Yedjele Beach

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Yadjele Beach – Beach Bar

If the title of this review conjures up visions of hotels, restaurants, bars, boutiques and nightclubs along the beach-front – visions of Copacabana, Ipanema and Bondi – then you may be disappointed with Yedjélé Beach. One the other hand, if like me, these visions put you off and you are after something altogether more simple (indeed at the other end of the spectrum) then shopping at Yedjélé Beach may be for you. Continue reading “Shopping At Yedjele Beach”

Maré – New Caledonia’s Hidden Gem

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Maré is a small raised coral atoll, one of the four Loyalty group islands and part of the French overseas territory of New Caledonia, in the South Pacific.

Until the mid 2000s very few people visited Maré. In the mid 2000s cruise ship companies came across the island and it is now a regular stop on South Pacific cruises, particularly those originating in Australia. Continue reading “Maré – New Caledonia’s Hidden Gem”