Just a short plane ride from Nouméa, you’ll find yourself in the stunning Isle of Pines, a gem of the Pacific located at the southern tip of New Caledonia. With its turquoise waters, pristine white sandy beaches, charming hotels, and opportunities for outrigger rides, this destination is a dream come true for nature enthusiasts and couples seeking a romantic escape. Expert local guides will take you to beautiful islets and bays, while waterfront restaurants offer lobster feasts and exotic cocktails. Beyond its picture-perfect landscapes, the Isle of Pines boasts a rich cultural heritage waiting to be explored. Dive into the local culture by visiting tribes, embarking on traditional outrigger journeys, witnessing captivating dance parades, or exploring the island’s historical landmarks.
To reach the Isle of Pines, you have two options: by air or by ferry. The island is just a short distance from Nouméa, approximately a hundred kilometres away. The Betico 2 ferry provides regular weekend departures, taking around 2 hours and 30 minutes for the journey. Alternatively, you can opt for a quick 30-minute flight with Air Calédonie from the Nouméa-Magenta domestic airport. Car rental companies are available at Moué – Isle of Pines airport and Kuto Bay for those arriving by boat. Pre-booking shuttle services to your accommodation is advisable.
For a deeper exploration of the island, consider renting a car or scooter. Kuto Bay is the ideal spot to soak in a mesmerising sunset.