Why go to Isle of Pines (New Caledonia)?
One of the most popular Pacific ports with turquoise bays, grottos, French cuisine and rich history
Sea snakes are regularly sighted when snorkeling and swimming
A paradisiac vision of powder-white sand fringed with pine trees overlooking a clear blue lagoon
Isle of Pines (New Caledonia) Cruise Port Facilities?
Your welcome to the Isle of Pines is low-key and authentic. Locals perform tribal dances on the sandy foreshore and stalls are stocked with local goodies from handmade necklaces to fresh coconuts. Some cruise ships will have a photographer on shore to take snaps of passengers against the idyllic backdrop.
A 15-minute walk to the right of the jetty is Kanumera Bay, a postcard-perfect beach with white sand lapped by turquoise waters.
Good to Know?
Leave valuables on the ship or have someone look after them if you go for a swim. Most of the activities on the island involve swimming or snorkelling, so it is a good idea to bring just swimwear, sarong, sunscreen, waterproof camera, towel and a small amount of cash for lunch and gifts. It is a relaxed island but take the usual precautions you would do so at any beach and slap on the sunscreen. The island can be fully explored during a day shore excursion.
The Isle of Pines is tiny, a mere 15 km in length, and there's no public transport.
On Foot: Two stunning sights, Kanumera Bay and Oro Bay are within walking distance of the jetty where passengers arrive.
By Tour Bus: On arrival, there are tour operators that offer a visit of up to 10 attractions on the island in a mini-bus or bus.
By Bike: The hotels and resorts on the island rent bikes, so head to the nearest property to the jetty, the Hotel Kou-Bugny (Baie De Kuto; 687 24 39 88).
By Car: You can rent a car for the day from the nearby Kou-Bugny hotel. (Baie De Kuto; (687) 24 39 88)
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The currency is the Central Pacific Franc and it's a good idea to arrive at Isle of Pines with cash in small denominations. Luxury hotel Le Meridien Ile des Pins will accept credit cards if you fancy lunch or a drink there. For current currency conversion figures, visit www.xe.com