Isle of Pines

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JessWright
Mango Hill, Australia67 contributions
Must Do!!!
Jan. 2020 • Family
Isle of Pines.-

piscinnie natural (the natural lagoon), gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous, would be even more so in high tide. Long long walk to get to it (through water & through bush). We departed from Le Meridian and it took approx 20 mins to walk with our 7 & 3 year olds.
Lots of fish, coral close to shore & beautiful setting.

The Kanumera bay is stunning!!! Not too many fish but gorgeous setting. Is right across the toad from Kuto bay and beach.
Kuto beach is walkable from the Jetty boat pulls into. Turn left upon exiting jetty and just follow the road around to Kuto bay beach, 10 minute walk. The sand is like pure Velvet!!! It is even better than Whitehaven beach in QLD. The colours are out if this world.
Across the road from Kuto bay (yes literally across the toad) is Kanumera bay, walk down there for a total slice of paradise!

After getting off boat there is lots of taxis and mini buses.
We got into a mini van with some other tourists (who also spoke french), after the driver announced bonjour Madame Piscine Natural .... yep cool that’s where We want to go let’s just get in. No idea on cost or anything just ran with it!
About a 20 minute drive later He took us to Le Meridian Hotel and dropped us off there to walk to the Natural Lagoon and said come back at 2pm. It ended up costing $3000 XPF (approx $42 AUD) for the four of us - 2 adults 2 kids).
He then took us to Kanumera bay (again about 30 minutes drive) , and charged us $3000 again.
He said we just walk back to jetty to get on boat when we were ready. And pointed to jetty.
Boat with Bettico shipping companies was $8990XPF for adults return.
Total cost us $342 AUD approx. 2 adults 2 kids.
Planes were about $1000 for comparison.

French is widely spoken everywhere and English is very limited or not at all so brushing up on your basics is a good idea.
Written 16 March 2020
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Jose P
Burnaby, Canada210 contributions
Beautiful island in New Caledonia
Oct. 2019
Isle of Pines is a beautiful island in New Caledonia, to get there is a long boat ride, but worth it.
Written 10 March 2020
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cliffordchambers
Europe607 contributions
Impossibly beautiful sea
Nov. 2019
Driving round the island is a treat. There is hardly any traffic and the changing views across deep blue, turquoise and light blue sea are just amazing. A place to return to; pity it's so far away!
Written 8 January 2020
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Camacaasie
Perth, Australia25 contributions
Crystal blue water
Dec. 2019 • Couples
Beautiful spot. We were only there for a day trip on a cruise ship. The cost of food and beer was very high. But the island itself was really beautiful and I think would be a awesome spot to spend a week or so on. We snorkeled around the main rock in the bay and that was nice.
Written 30 December 2019
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markjanine2018
Melbourne, Australia19 contributions
Isle Of Pines - postcard perfect!
Nov. 2019
We spent nearly a full day here as part of a cruise stopover. The water is a lovely blue, the sand is white and the lagoon area behind the main beach is stunning. The snorkeling was pretty good here and there were a variety of colourful fish to see. The pine trees make a stunning backdrop to the beaches. There was a good choice of places you could purchase clothing or souvenirs.
Written 29 December 2019
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friedrice4
Paynesville, Australia271 contributions
One word - beautiful!!
Dec. 2019 • Couples
Visited whilst on a cruise in December. Absolutely wonderful location , beautiful beaches, great diving, friendly locals and much history. Worth doing a bus tour when visiting.
Written 14 December 2019
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havinagreattime
St Lawrence, Australia60 contributions
Majestic # to do in life
Dec. 2019 • Couples
If there is any opportunity to stay here - do it once in your life
The beach’s are amazing and the people are just lovely xo
Written 4 December 2019
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choc76
Brisbane, Australia21 contributions
Our own private tour of Ile de Pins
Sep. 2019
We stopped here for the day off a Cruise. We had tried to book a tour via email with a private operator but she wasn't going to be working the day we arrived. We wanted to go to Grotte de Hortense & the Piscine Naturelle but not having booked anything we wondered how we were going to get there and no ship or shore tour went there. We ventured to the left of the jetty up the road and found a hotel 'Kou Bugny' who just so happened to have a taxi there. We asked him he would drive us to our places of interest and he agreed. First going to Grotte de Hortense then dropping us off to Piscine Naturelle entrance & said he would pick us up 3 hrs later. Well what an adventure we had exploring this area. After swimming/snorkelling Piscine Naturelle we walked right around to ORO Bay which is just spectacular then on to the Le Meridien Hotel where we ordered Ice-cream and Beer & soaked up the atmosphere. Our driver picked us up as promised dropping us back to Kanumera Bay where we did some more swimming & snorkelling. He charged us A$40, we got to see everything we wanted for a fraction of the price of a ship tour and had the most awesome adventurous day out.
Written 18 November 2019
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Mark T
Hillsboro, OR2,308 contributions
the highlight of all our south pacific islands on Holland America
Nov. 2019
Isle of Pines(Ile Des Pins) New Caledonia is a gorgeous island with white sand beaches and deep blue water. the groves of pine trees make it uniique as well. there are 9 reports there with LeMeridian being the high end choice. Holland America crisise ships dock there and it was the highlight of all our stops
Written 9 November 2019
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Peter J
5 contributions
Quite nice
Oct. 2019
Yes it does look like the cruise-line brochures, but if you are staying there it is very expensive to travel around and the notion of customer service does not seem to have made it there yet. If you are after a tropical experience go to Fiji.
Written 5 November 2019
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