Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
The Isle of Pines is part of New Caledonia and is situated 50km south east of the mainland and 80 km’s south-east of the capital Noumea. The island is characterized by tall narrow pine trees, perfect white sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons. This island was once a convict settlement for political prisoners from Paris and later became an ordinary prison.
The islands landscape consists of spectacular natural colours of white sand, green, blue water and lush green vegetation. The island is also beautiful under water as there are spectacular colourful corals and fish.
Vao on the islands southern most tip is the only real village. The islands sole church dominates the village centre.
Things to see and do
* Beach activities & water sports
* Island tour (4WD or minibus)
* Glass bottom boat trip
* Outrigger trip
* Tribal dance performance
* Vao Cultural Centre
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – CFP franc (XPF)
Language – French
Land Area – 252 km²
Population – 2000 approx
Electricity – 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus eleven hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 687
Port Location – Cruise ship passengers disembark at the village of Vao.
Travel Links – Air Caledonie offers two flights a day to the Isle of Pines. There is a fast catamaran service from Noumea three times per week. There are also helicopter charter flights available.