Paradise Found: Yejele Turquoise Beach, New Caledonia

There are no prizes for guessing how Yejele ‘Turquoise’ Beach got its name. 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, relaxing massages and BBQ meats on skewers. We have more food than we could possibly want for available on the cruise ship but want to make the most of the chance to try something local. We opt for fresh coconut, which is priced at just 300 CFP (approximately $3) and once we’ve finished savouring the refreshing juice, the vendor split it open with a machete so we can feast on the flesh easily.

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 are 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.

paradise found in new caledonia

Further Reading:

Tips for cruising the South Pacific

Things to do in Noumea, New Caledonia

Diary of a day onboard the Carnival Legend

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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