The Isle of Pines is part of New Caledonia and is situated 50km south east of the mainland and 80 km’s south-east of the capital Noumea.
The island is characterized by tall narrow pine trees, perfect white sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons. This island was once a convict settlement for political prisoners from Paris and later became an ordinary prison. The islands landscape consists of spectacular natural colours of white sand, green, blue water and lush green vegetation. The island is also beautiful under water as there are spectacular colourful corals and fish.
Vao on the islands southern most tip is the only real village. The islands sole church dominates the village centre.
Port Location – Cruise ship passengers disembark at the village of Vao.
Travel Links – Air Caledonie offers two flights a day to the Isle of Pines. There is a fast catamaran service from Noumea three times per week. There are also helicopter charter flights available.