"The Isle of Pines: Paradise with a Difference" Top 5 Page for this destination Île des Pins by hunwagner
Île des Pins Travel Guide: 54 reviews and 88 photos
The South Pacific in general, and New Caledonia in particular, are certainly not short of "Tropical Paradise" type of beauty, which usually takes the form of a white-sand beach with turquise waters, shaded by the inevitable coconut palms.
And here is where this little piece of Paradise in the south of New Caledonia is different: instead of those familiar palm trees, its beaches are graced by towering pines! And not your familiar kind of pines, evoking images of cold Nordic vistas, but by New Caledonia's own, unique Columnar Pines (Araucaria columnaris). These pines can in fact be seen throughout New Caledonia, but here they seem to occur in higher concentrations than anywhere else.
Pines apart, this island also has just about all the essentials of everyone's favourite idea of paradise: powdery white-sand beaches, clean, calm blue waters with colorful coral-reefs, smiling locals with an exotic culture and a range of accomodation from campsites to an ultra-expensive resort.
As you might expect, you won't have it all for yourself of course - the Isle of Pines is one of New Caledonia's most popular holiday destinations and gets a fair share of tourists. However, it has so far managed to absorb them nicely, and remain a quiet and unspoilt tropical haven well worth visiting.
- Pros:Stunning scenic beauty
- Cons:Some of the highest prices in New Caledonia
- In a nutshell:A definite must-see!
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