Known as ‘the Jewel of the Pacific’, the Isle of Pines is one of the most spectacular islands in the Pacific. Fringed with white sands, turquoise lagoons and its signature Araucaria soaring pine trees, it is an evocative and exotic landscape of ancient botany and raw beauty.

To truly escape, book a few nights on the Isle of Pines, which is a short twenty-minute flight or a two and a half hour ferry ride from Nouméa. Such is its beauty that photos won’t do it justice.

 Whilst you are visiting the Island, be sure to:

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  • Natural Swimming Pool

    1. SWIM OR SNORKEL IN THE CRYSTAL CLEAR WATERS OF ORO NATURAL POOL

    Take the most beautiful and heavenly postcard you will ever find, jump into it, and you will find yourself in the middle Of Oro’s natural swimming pool.

    No words will ever be able to describe how beautiful this place is. Surrounded by tall pine trees, separated from the ocean thanks to a coral reef, this place is magical. The Natural Swimming Pool of the Isle of Pines is an enclosed lagoon where time stops.

    Located in Oro Bay, on the northeast side of the Isles of Pines, this piece of paradise marvels each person lucky enough to discover it.

  • Hortense cave

    2. VISIT QUEEN HORTENSE'S CAVE

    No visit to the Isle of Pines would be complete without a trip to the Queen Hortense’s Cave. A short walk through a thriving rainforest will bring you to the wide entrance and stunning gardens of these caves. The site’s caretaker will delight in sharing the tale of this natural wonder, named after a local Queen, who according to legend hid in the caves for several months during an intertribal conflict. 

  • Upi Bay

    3. SAIL ON AN OUTRIGGER OVER THE WONDROUS UPI BAY

    What better way to discover the stunning lagoon and bays that surround the Isle of Pines, by cruising in a traditional outrigger sailing boat.

    Board your boat at St. Josephs Bay and drift amid the peaceful bays, guided by a local boatman and learn about the island’s culture while you enjoy the stunning sea views.  

    Upon disembarking at Oro Bay you can take a stroll through the tropical forest to the famous natural swimming pool.

  • Nga pic

    4.CLIMB N'GA PEAK

    Climb the highest peak (262 metres) on this low-lying island to take in the spectacular 360 views of the surrounding landscape and lagoon. It’s an easy hour’s walking time and possible for most fitness levels, just don’t forget your camera!

    The hike starts in Kuto. Remember to wear sturdy walking shoes, and take lots of water and sunscreen.

     

    For more New Caledonia travel inspiration, browse Isle of Pines 10 top things to do (Part 2)

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