Upi Bay lies to the north of the small island of Koutomo, and to the southeast of the Isle of Pines. Air Calédonie flies to the Isle of Pines daily from Nouméa-Magenta airport. Flying time is around 30 minutes. Betico boats also make the crossing once or twice a week, in 2h30. Once there, the best thing to do is to organize your pirogue excursion with your accommodation provider as they will advise you of details such as departure time directly. If this is not possible, you can contact the Isle of Pines tourist office to be put in touch with a piroguier. The departure point for the excursion is in the bay of Saint-Joseph, usually between 8 and 9 am.
- Book your pirogue trip the day before with your accommodation or a transport company.
- Take 200 XPF/pers to pay the entrance fee to the natural swimming pool.
- On the big day, wear your swimsuit from the start. On arrival, your piroguier may stop quite far from the beach if the tide is too low. In this case, you’ll likely jump straight into the crystal clear waters to reach the sandy shore. Take care to keep your camera and other belongings out of the water!