The Rock, Kanumera Bay, is a sacred area and ideal for snorkelling in the crystal clear waters. The sand is very white and extremely fine while the coral is bright and stocked with dozens of tropical fish varieties.
One of the most popular places on the island is la Baie d'oro,
Its a natural swimming pool and the pictures do thismplace no justice. The bay has perhaps the clearest and freshest water i have seen in my life and you can probabaly spend all day just lying in the water
There are some really nice ridge walks on the island which also give some wonderful views of the island. The hiking is not very strenuous and can be done failrly easily with a decent level of fitness.
The island has some nice trails where u can get a better glimpse of the ile. The most popular is the hike up the Pic Nga which is only about 250 meters high. The summit gives you a panoramic view of ther siland and the surrounding lagoon, its weel worth the trip
One of the most beautiful bays in the worild.
Its turquoise water is absolutely ideal for swimming or just launging about in the sand. To the right of the bay its the most famous landmark of the island "the kunie rock".
There is some amazing snorkeling to be had around the rocks vicinity, including some decent sized baracuda.
This was one of the most unique islands I have ever seen........the pristine landscape is something that will stay in your memory forever.
The crystal waters, the mystical pine trees, and even an area of lush jungle.
We did an hour trek through this lush jungle and came across a few vines to swing on.
BEWARE though: If you find yourself standing underneath a coconut tree.........MOVE !!!
After sailing across the bay, and crossing through lush jungle on foot.......this was the paradise that awaited!
The "Natural swimming pool" was definitely worth the trek. Crystal clear water and some of the most incredible white sand I had ever seen! The white powder was mixed in with tiny red crystal-like rocks........very unique.
One of the highlights of our stay in Ile des Pins was our afternoon sail to Upi Bay in a traditional handcrafted pirogue
It was about an hour sail from St. Joseph Bay up to Upi Bay through calm waters and a cool breeze.......
At 262 meters, this peak offers a spectacular view of the entire island and is well worth the effort it takes to get up here. The first part of the pathway takes you through dense forest overhung with vines that occasionally require some effort to maneuver around. As you walk through this section of the trail you are accompanied by a variety of brightly colored butterflies and songbirds. When you come out of the trees, take care not to slip on the gravel pathway. The day I was there the wind was blowing relentlessly. I don't know if this is normal, but be prepared to hold on to your hat!
Close to the airport on the east side of the island's ring road, this gigantic cave is very accessible and worth a visit. After stopping at a booth to pay the CFP 200 entrance fee, you are given a large torch and pointed towards a pathway that leads through a small stretch of forest alongside a gentle stream. The entrance to the cave itself is probably 60 or 70 feet high, and the ground is flat and compact, making for easy exploration. Once inside, there's plenty of space to walk around and amazing rock formations surround you on all sides. A sizeable colony of bats appears to make its home here as well, which adds an eerie ambience to the dimly lit cavern. At the far end, an opening in the ceiling lets in plenty of natural light.
Simple though it may be, this was my favorite activity on Ile des Pins. The water was so still that when I closed my eyes I felt like I was in a swimming pool. I spent hours swimming laps parallel to the shore, and despite the area's relative popularity, I still felt like I had plenty of privacy. Due to its length, finding a small spot for yourself to spend the afternoon is not difficult.
Though I didn't have any it seemed every second person had a pair. The waters were ideal for snorkling they were so clear. There must have been plenty to see under there as this activity went on all day.
A pleasant way to experience lovely Kuto Bay is to take a sail on one of the catamarans. These canoe-like crafts are locally made and
are quite unique. The operators only require a $2 - $5 tip depending on how many of you there are. I spent an enjoyable 20 min - half an hour on one of these catamarans and I highly recommend it.
Plane trips from Noumea give a great indication as to the size and the beauty of the island. Ihave found the ilsands to be similar in anture and beauty to those found in french polynesia.
The almost daily flights to the island provide for some incredible views.
Here is kuto bay in the middle, you can tell from the distinctive kunnie rock