Isle of Pines, in New Caledonia, was one of the four islands we got to visit on our P&O cruise. Out of all the islands, Isle of Pines had the best water visibility and snorkeling.  Although a little disappointed in the ocean’s temperature. Yes, I like my water temperature warm; above 24c degrees to swim.

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glimpse of the Island (unguided) tour was a great way to see what the 14km wide and 18km long Isle of Pines had to offer. A quick 90-minute bus trip.

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Isle of Pines, New Caledonia 7A drive through ‘Vao Village’, and a stop at the Notre Dame de l’Assomption, Catholic Church.

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Isle of Pines, New Caledonia 12Prison ruins. Guarded by what I hoped was a tied up bull.

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The tour wasn’t the only think we had time for. Just as you get off the tender jetty to the left, we found a few local stalls. A perfect souvenir stop!

If you’re not worried about hygiene, then grab a free curry from the locals and experience the island’s cuisine. Thumbs up for the food from me! Plenty of other lunch options also available.

If snorkeling is on your agenda, then the Sacred Rock is where you want to be. Bring your snorkels from home and save on hire.The water is amazing, loads of colorful fish, plenty of palms for shade and really easy walking. Kuta Bay is around 20 meters opposite as is a great alternative if it’s too windy at the Rock.

HINT: No need for flippers. Do not walk on the rock

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