The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
What a great place to hone your spelunking skills! The Isle of Pines has a handful of mystic grottos and caverns each more spectacular than the last. Paradise Cave supplies a few natural pools for your swimming pleasure. The Oumagne Caves are relatively flat with a dramatic stream running throughout. And then there's the elusive Ouatchia Cave with its stunning stalagmites. And if you still haven't got your fill of caving - you can pop on some scuba gear and explore the underwater versions.
This tiny island is huge on adventure! Of course you'll want to test its amazing aquatic world with some snorkel gear - or even just a swim. Then rent a bike and tour the island on two wheels. With the isle's intimate proportions - around 11 miles long by 8.6 miles wide - pedaling around is a great way to discover its hidden treasures, meet the locals and get your daily dose of adrenalin.
Shopping for Bargains
Souvenir shoppers will find a great selection of island keepsakes near Gendarmerie on the Kuto Peninsula. Just remember that islanders love their siestas and the shops usually close in the early afternoon. You may want to grab a warm spot on the sand and join them.
Get a Taste of Local Flavor
There are quite a few options for dining around the island. Don't be surprised to find fish on the menu and if you're lucky bougna, a traditional Kanak specialty. Bougna is created with root veggies bathed in coconut milk then stuffed in banana leaves along with meat or seafood and slow-cooked in an earth oven. A feast not to be missed!
The local currency on the Isle of Pines is the Central Pacific Franc. (XPF)
Weather in Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
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