It's been said that Captain James Cook named the Isle of Pines without ever stepping foot on its shore. Of course, those sturdy Araucaria trees make a statement, but this pretty island deep in the South Pacific is so much more. Sleepy azure lagoons, untouched white sand and a copious collection of underwater wonders are just a few reasons why the isle's nickname is a bit more suitable: 'l'île la plus proche du paradis', or the closest island to paradise. Visit this speck of an island on the southern tip of the New Caledonia archipelago and you'll undoubtedly find yourself spellbound by its beauty and carefree charm.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
What a great place to hone your caving skills! The Isle of Pines has a handful of mystic grottos and caverns each more spectacular than the last. The Paradise Cave supplies a few natural pools for your swimming pleasure. The Oumagne Caves are relatively flat with a dramatic stream running throughout. And then there's the elusive Ouatchia Cave with its stunning stalagmites. And if you still haven't got your fill of caving – you can pop on some scuba gear and explore the underwater versions.
This tiny island is huge on adventure! Of course you'll want to experience its amazing aquatic world with some snorkelling – or even just a swim. Then rent a bike and tour the island on two wheels. With the isle's intimate proportions – around 11 miles long by 8.6 miles wide – pedalling around is a great way to discover its hidden treasures, meet the locals and get your daily exercise.
Souvenir shoppers will find a great selection of island keepsakes near Gendarmerie on the Kuto Peninsula. Just remember that islanders love their siestas and the shops usually close in the early afternoon. You may want to grab a warm spot on the sand and join them.
There are quite a few options for dining around the island. Don't be surprised to find fish on the menu and if you're lucky bougna, a traditional Kanak speciality. Bougna is created with root veggies bathed in coconut milk then stuffed in banana leaves along with meat or seafood and slow-cooked in an earth oven. A feast not to be missed!
The local currency on the Isle of Pines is the Central Pacific Franc. (XPF)
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