Isle of Pines
Just fifty kilometres off the southern tip of the main island, the Isle of Pines can be accessed either by fast ferry or by a short domestic flight from the Magenta airport in Nouméa.
Dominated by the peak Nga (262 metres altitude), Ile des Pins emerges from the lagoon, listed among the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, whose waters are of a blue that almost hurts the eyes. The natural pool of Baie d’Oro (Oro Bay) is unquestionably the best illustration of this beauty.
But in contrast to this, you can wander through the more than a century old brick convict jails at the southern end of the island, marvelling at just what it would have been like to serve time here! Either way, the Isle of Pines really is a place that sums up the archetypal south sea paradise.
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