South of the main island Grande Terre and only 80 kms from Noumea lies the scenic Isle of Pines. So beautiful is the island that Captain Cook the great explorer of the South Pacific named it 'The Jewel of the South Pacific'.
The island is small at only 14 km wide and 18 km long, but it is surrounded by beaches that will simply take your breath away. The idylic beaches abound in colour with different hues of blue water and all the colours of the reef below. Behind the beaches lie swaying palms and Araucaria pines that grow up to 200 feet high. The best beaches and bays include: the huge Kuto Bay and idyllic Kanumera Cove to the southwest. In the north are the magnificent Upi Bay, Oro Bay and its gorgeous lagoon, and the natural swimming pool.
The island was given its comtemporary name by Captain Cook, but to the indigenous inhabitants this slice of paradise is known as Kunie.
Author & photographer: David Johnson (Virtual New Caledonia). Providing a credit or link is appreciated.
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