The Isle of Pines is an island in the Pacific Ocean, in New Caledonia archipelago, overseas collectivity of France. It is part of the municipality (commune) of L'Île-des-Pins, located in the South Province of New Caledonia. The nickname of Isle of Pines is l'île la plus proche du paradis, which means "the closest island to Paradise". It offers scuba diving and snorkeling in and around its lagoon. Species of corals and tropical fish can be seen in the clear water. The Isle of Pines is rich with animal life. It is home to unusual creatures like the Crested Gecko Rhacodactylus ciliatus and the largest gecko Rhacodactylus leachianus in the world.
The Isle of Pines is surrounded by New Caledonia Barrier Reef and measures 15 km (9.3 miles) by 13 km (8.1 miles). It lies southeast of New Caledonia's main island, Grande Terre, and is 100 km (62 miles) southeast of the capital Noumea. Pic Nga is the highest point, at 262 m (860 ft) elevation. The longest river is River Ouro. Island's inhabitants are mainly native Melanesian Kanaks. In 2006 the population numbered 2,000.
The island was discovered in 1774 by Captain James Cook on his 2nd voyage to New Zealand. He gave the island its name after seeing tall native pines (Araucaria columnaris). Cook never disembarked on the island, but as saw signs of inhabitance (smoke) and assumed it was inhabited. During the 1840s Catholic and Protestant missionaries arrived, along with merchants in a search for sandal wood. The French took possession of it in 1853 at which time native Kunies opted for Catholic religion. In 1872 the Isle of Pines became a French penal colony and sheltered 3,000 political deportees from Paris Commune.
Highlights: Beaches, Snorkelling, Caves
Isle of Pines cruise terminal
Cruise ships to the Isle of Pines dock (anchor) at Noumea - the capital city of New Caledonia.
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Port Isle of Pines cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Isle of Pines, New Caledonia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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