Imagine your perfect paradise beach – the sun's soft rays glimmering on top of the crystal clear water. Feel the pristine and warm sand between your toes as you take a leisurely stroll down the island. The smell and colour of the luscious, fresh trees surround this tropical utopia. Welcome to Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
– where heaven meets earth.
Kuto Bay is one of the most well known beaches on the island. Its kilometre long stretch of pure white sand complements its turquoise waters. This is a great place to just relax, go swimming, sip on a cocktail or a fresh coconut and soak in some vitamin D.
Across from Kuto Bay is Kanumera Bay, which is renowned for its Sacred Rock. This Rock is home to many tropical fish and other marine life and is a great place for snorkelling. Keep your eyes open for the majestic turtles that have been seen and the fish here are certainly not afraid to swim right up to you! Just a word of advice, don't forget your underwater camera!
Note: the Rock is sacred, so please do not climb on it.
If you come in via a cruise ship, the Kanaks (the local people) will welcome you with traditional singing and dancing. Don't leave without trying their traditional feast dish, Bougna - this is made by wrapping taro roots, bananas, sweet potato and pieces of meat such as chicken in banana leaves and cooking it underground for an hour. It is a beautiful dish that leaves your taste buds wanting more!
So while there are many activities that can be explored on this immaculate island, sometimes the best thing to do is just sit back, relax, read a book and think about life while watching the sunset on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Isle of Pines is truly a splash of Paradise.
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A splash of Paradise