3 Days on the Isle of Pines
Having booked your flight to New Caledonia and taken advantage of our special offers for your stay in Noumea, you will set off for a paradise of lobster and canoeing. The so-called Kunié Country, which takes its native name from the majestic New Caledonia pine, offers a complete change of scenery from the capital city.
Pure Relaxation in the Gorgeous Kanumera and Kuto Bays
An invitation to relaxation
After any flight, even one as short as that beween Noumea and the Île des Pins, it is normal that one feels a need to unwind. The relatively small size of the island -18 kilometres long, 14 kilometres wide- makes it easy to go anywhere. With its clear, calm waters and its beach of fine white sand, the lovely Kanumera Bay beckons you to laze on its beach. You can also opt for the neighbouring Kuto Bay, which is bigger and often more crowded. Put down your towel, stretch out, and kick off your holidays by savouring this magnificent setting!
Romantic sunset hot spot
If it happens to be one of those days when a cruise ship has arrived -they dock at Kuto Bay-you will undoubtably find both beaches full of tourists. As a result, you can enjoy the shows and services catering to cruise ship passengers. For example, many local Kunies come here on cruiseship days to offer small takeaway dishes, such as brochettes or other delicacies, which you can then enjoy on the beach.
At the end of the day, you can sip a drink and admire the sunset from the terrace of the Hotel Ouré Tera.
Canoeing on the Upi Bay and Sampling the Lobsters
Discover the high places of the island by excursions
Several tour companies offer half-day excursions to the natural pool on Baie d’Upi (Upi Bay). Ask your hotel or your host about bookings.
The standard programme begins with a transfer to the departure point for the outriggers, which will take you around the bay. Some travellers might compare this bay to its big sister, Halong Bay in Vietnam. Afterwards, your guide will drop you off on the shore; from there, a quick half-hour walk will bring you to the Oro natural pool, where you can observe many species of fish, each one as colourful as the next. Amongst these, you will undoubably have the chance to spot the famous blowfish, one of the favourite animals of Caledonian children.
The famous lobsters
Having had your dip in the water, the only thing left to do is to make your way to your restaurant, where lobsters and « popinées » (a sort of slipper lobster) await those who have booked the lobster menu. Indeed, it would be a pity to leave the island without having sampled this island’s emblematic crustacean; an experience which will delight your tastebuds.
From the market to the remains of the prison
Stroll in the village of the island
If you happen to be there on a Wednesday or a Saturday, set your alarm and take a tour of the market in Vao, which is the island’s only real village. There is a picturesque ambiance here and you can have your breakfast with a pastry and coffee, while watching the locals do their shopping. Give into the temptation of the delicous local fruit and don’t forget to visit the lovely little church before you leave.
Queen Hortense's Way
The Oumagni Cave, also known as the Reine Hortense Cave (Cave of the Queen Hortense), is located about ten kilometres from Vao. Its monumental entrance, hidden in the vegetation, is adorned with gigantic stalactites. There is a little temple dedicated to Queen Hortense, who took refuge here here from 1855 to 1856, during the island’s wars of succession