O My Maré – Yejele Beach In New Caledonia

There’s no prizes for guessing where Yejele ‘Turquoise’ Beach got its name from. Maré was the least commercial of the 4 islands in New Caledonia we visited on our South Pacific cruise with Carnival Legend, yet its waters were the most alluring.

Yejele Beach, Mare, New Caledonia

Yejele Beach, Mare, New Caledonia

Yejele Beach, Mare, New Caledonia

Maré is a raised coral atoll with a population of approximately 6,900 people, mainly of Melanesian heritage. It’s an island largely untouched by tourism, I saw only 1 ‘resort’ during our day there and use the term resort loosely. A small marketplace has formed around the cruise ship schedules, however, and on the day we docked at Maré, Yejele Beach is lined with locals offering cold beers, relaxed massages and BBQ meats on a stick. We have more food than we could possibly want for available on the cruise ship but make the most of the chance to try something local. A fresh coconut is priced at 300 CFP (approximately $3) and once you’ve finished savouring the refreshing juice, the vendor will split it open with a machete so you can feast on the flesh.

Yejele Beach, Mare, New Caledonia

Yejele Beach, Mare, New Caledonia

Yejele Beach, Mare, New Caledonia

Aside from enjoying the massages (approx $15 for 30 minutes), Yejele Beach is all about soaking up the scenery and bathing in the blue waters. There’s a limited number of kayaks and stand up paddle boards for hire, but most passengers have come prepared with snorkel equipment and set out to become acquainted with the marine life.

Yejele Beach, Mare, New Caledonia

Yejele Beach, Mare, New Caledonia

Yejele Beach, Mare, New Caledonia

Yejele Beach, Mare, New Caledonia

After having been on the ship for 3 days now, we are simply content to walk up and down the beach, dipping in and out of the water before finding shade under a palm tree.

More Info

Yejele Beach is a 20-minute drive from where the cruise ships tender in Tadine. You will need to purchase a bus ticket via your ship ($19.99 per adult for a return ticket on Carnival Legend). It’s probably a little too far to attempt to walk within the time you have at port, you could attempt to follow the road but be aware there are no pavements.

Australian dollars will be accepted by local vendors. A small number of souvenirs are sold near the port in addition to the food and drink at Yejele Beach. You may be given change back in the local currency.

Bring reef shoes if you have them as the coral can be tough on feet. Do try to avoid stepping on and harming the coral.

The beach will be busy in the morning (especially in the middle section where the shuttle bus drops you) but clears out around 3pm, so stay late to get an idea of how it looks normally.

For more information on our cruise ship and route click here. Stay tuned for my tips on sailing the South Pacific, the post will be live later this week. New to cruising? Here’s 12 things I learnt from my first cruising experience.

6 Comments

  1. Reply

    Christine @ Adventure, Baby!

    April 23, 2015

    Gorgeous!

  2. Reply

    Jen

    April 23, 2015

    baaaa I want to be there … I want to be there. ‘there’s no place like Yejele Beach, there’s no place like Yejele beach’ Nope not working?! 🙁

    Looks beautiful

    • Reply

      Jayne Gorman

      May 6, 2015

      Keep trying haha

  3. Reply

    Janice Stringer

    April 29, 2015

    So jealous of you Jayne!

    Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific have been my favourite places to visit in the world since I was a little girl. My mum had the travel book The Kon-Tiki Expedition by Thor Heyerdhal and that influenced me immensely as I would sit and read his tale of travelling across the Pacific on a Balsa wood raft. Did I mention that the Pacific is my most favourite ever ocean on this planet. But it wasn’t until I was 40 that I visited this side of the world – which I could live in forever!!!!!

    I do everything within my power to take me back there…permanently.
    Just need a little magic from the universe to assist me.

  4. Reply

    Phoebe @ Lou Messugo

    May 1, 2015

    dreams are made of this…the South Pacific is an area I’ve never been to but would love to visit. I’ve been following your cruise with envy!

    • Reply

      Jayne Gorman

      May 1, 2015

      It is as pretty as you would dream it to be. I’m am lucky to be based a little closer to the South Pacific now than I was in Europe 🙂

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