257 Isle of Pines (New Caledonia) Cruise Reviews

Such a beautiful and idyllic place...until 4000 people get off a cruise ship. Unfortunately many of our fellow cruisers do not respect the environment they enjoy, leaving trash every where. Kudos to the Explorer team who sent crew over ... Read More
Such a beautiful and idyllic place...until 4000 people get off a cruise ship. Unfortunately many of our fellow cruisers do not respect the environment they enjoy, leaving trash every where. Kudos to the Explorer team who sent crew over with rubbish bags who walked the area picking up what was left behind. The snorkeling here was amazing around the little rock that sits in the bay. But again I was saddened by the destruction by fellow snorkellers.....please please please, if you visit here and snorkle, learn how to swim without having to put your feet down every few minutes. seeing so many people trampling through and destroying the coral was heart breaking. they were reef walker shoes or flippers to protect their feet and think that makes it ok to walk over the beautiful corals. You can see it dying and being destroyed. Not to mention that walking through it all stirs up the bottom making visibility bad. Snorkelling here really was gorgeous, so many fish, octopus, and we even found Nemo, numerous times. In hindsight I wish we had gone in one of the cars they had there for a small fee, and gone to visit the village. It is only 6 km away and I believe would of been worth trip. Glass bottom boats fill up fast so get over there quick. We kept missing out then gave up. A few market stalls there, with goods for sale. More expensive and commercial than at Mystery Island. We bought coconuts off local boys who were taking advantage of the tourists. We also bought gorgeous lobsters that were bbq right in front of us. There are various people selling locally made food. My kids had some kind of fritters but I stuck to coconut and lobster. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
It was very windy. Have been many times so just walked around taking photo's and swam at main beach. Noted many blue bottles on beach near sacred rock. Lots of bites from sea lice in the water to most people, but only small stings.
It was very windy. Have been many times so just walked around taking photo's and swam at main beach. Noted many blue bottles on beach near sacred rock. Lots of bites from sea lice in the water to most people, but only small stings. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Used a white "air conditioned" coach, really appreciated the air conditioning. Drivers English was very limited, but seen the main sights.
Used a white "air conditioned" coach, really appreciated the air conditioning. Drivers English was very limited, but seen the main sights. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Isle of pines was beautiful, the water is amazingly crystal clear. We swam for like 2.5 hours, got severely burnt cos it was very hot, but it was kinda worth it
Isle of pines was beautiful, the water is amazingly crystal clear. We swam for like 2.5 hours, got severely burnt cos it was very hot, but it was kinda worth it Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Quite hot. Lots of local food stalls, a nice walk along the shoreline then back along the road under the pines. Pretty area for snorkelling and swimmimg with crystal clear waters.
Quite hot. Lots of local food stalls, a nice walk along the shoreline then back along the road under the pines. Pretty area for snorkelling and swimmimg with crystal clear waters. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Interesting and informative, noted the difference between the islands that are independent and those still under the French umbrella.
Interesting and informative, noted the difference between the islands that are independent and those still under the French umbrella. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
A gorgeous island. We went snorkelling here and, though enjoyable, we were dissapointed with the lack of fish. I did hear others raving about it though, so maybe we've just been spoilt, having snorkelled in some pretty awesome places.
A gorgeous island. We went snorkelling here and, though enjoyable, we were dissapointed with the lack of fish. I did hear others raving about it though, so maybe we've just been spoilt, having snorkelled in some pretty awesome places. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I Love isle of Pines it is so relaxing & you can walk anywhere, just a pretty island no need for a tour
I Love isle of Pines it is so relaxing & you can walk anywhere, just a pretty island no need for a tour Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Tropical paradise beach. Lie down on one and close your eyes and you could be anywhere. Or stay onboard and a nice man will get you a drink with an umbrella.
Tropical paradise beach. Lie down on one and close your eyes and you could be anywhere. Or stay onboard and a nice man will get you a drink with an umbrella. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Very pretty island. We didn't rush off the ship, had an easy brekkie and waited until they called open tender. Still plant of time to explore and snorkel.
Very pretty island. We didn't rush off the ship, had an easy brekkie and waited until they called open tender. Still plant of time to explore and snorkel. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015

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