Ile de Pins - New Caledonia
The Isle of Pines, known for its white beaches and tall narrow pine trees, is part of New Caledonia and is situated 30 miles (50km) south east of the the main Grand Terre Island. " Kunie ", as it is still called by the inhabitants, is a beautiful under water as it is on land and a favourite spot for divers. But this small piece of paradise also bears witness to a stormy and painful past when the people were convicted for stealing. In the south-east of the island near Vao you will find Upi Bay and Saint-Joseph Beach almost enclosed by the Oro peninsula and dotted with coral heads and teeming with fish. Oro Bay is an exceptional place reached by sea on foot along a small narrow path with two superb beaches of incredibly fine white sand, crystal water and a natural swimming pool carved out of the coral limestone. You can also visit Queen Hortense Cave and Oumagne Cave -limestone caves with a beautiful entrances. Near Kuto in the south west of the island you can visit Kuto and Kanumera Bays, linked by a narrow isthmus, with long beaches of very fine white sand and the ruins of the Convict Prison: located at Ouro, which numbered over 2000 deported prisoners in the 1870s. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.