Isle Of Pines, New Caledonia
It's been said that Captain James Cook named the Isle of Pines without ever stepping foot on its shore. Sure those sturdy Araucaria trees make a statement, but this pretty island deep in the South Pacific is so much more. Sleepy azure lagoons, untouched white sand and a copious collection of underwater wonders are just a few reasons why the isle's nickname is a tad better suited: "l'île la plus proche du paradis," or the closest island to paradise. Visit this speck of an island on the southern tip of the New Caledonia archipelago, and you'll undoubtedly find yourself spellbound by its beauty and carefree charm.