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Address: Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Hard to find an Australian match!

After the disappointment of Lifou, Isle of Pines was completely the opposite. Stunning beaches with fine sand, crystal clear water, snorkelling at Kanumera Bay and local stalls... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
BearaBul
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Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After the disappointment of Lifou, Isle of Pines was completely the opposite. Stunning beaches with fine sand, crystal clear water, snorkelling at Kanumera Bay and local stalls, both food and trinkets. Even a cloudy day could not disappoint. Agree with previous posts “as one of the best beaches”; certainly struggle to match it with an Australian Island.

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Gordon, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great stop over island on your cruise, it offers great snorkelling and lovely sandy beaches. We saw a turtle as well as many many fish and coral formations. There's locals offering tours of the island and a few shops selling various goods and consumables such as coconuts. All in all a good place to visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Crystal clear blue waters, lots of colourful fish, amazing turtles and soft sand. This place is amazing!!! It is picture perfect. Bring your bathers (and sunblock) as you can swim and snorkel for hours the rest amongst the tropical trees

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A must-do experience (we went twice) for the beauty of the location, swimming in crystal clear waters and amazing range of fish. Easy snorkelling, suitable for kids. Good for 1-2 hours or a whole day with beach available. A15 mins walk from car park required through shallow water - take reef shoes - and small entry fee. Take your own... More 

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2 Thank zoe500770
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

You have to visit. What a beautiful place and an awesome opportunity to get up close to tropical fish without getting out of your depth or even having to use snorkelling gear although having it enhances the experience - you have to have an underwater camera too-we didn't but even if you can get a disposable one do it !... More 

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Halekulani, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Ile Des Pins beauty is excellent. A short walk from the wharf ( where our tender boat from the Pacific Pearl P&O cruise ship docked) is a safe beach for snorkeling and swimming. The locals were extremely welcoming and prepared a free meal for visitors, as is there custom, slow cooked in banana leaves. It was delicious and we gracefully... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I think this is my fourth visit back to this island, and really doesn't get boring at all. Perfect weather, gorgeous water to swim or snorkel in and just a fabulous day out that really costs you very little to enjoy. Family friendly to senior friendly. What more could you ask for. BTW I have only been here on a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

The lagoon is wonderful. The colours are amazing. A gem. The water is so clear and warm. Did some paddle boarding all around the lagoon. Great spot.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Perhaps I am jaded by some of the other easily accessible beautiful snorkeling locations both in New Caledonia and nearby countries, but I confess I was somewhat underwhelmed by the Piscine Naturelle. It's lovely enough. And there are some fish. But al in all, the bit of reef in the pool is small and the fish are the common reef... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

To get to the natural pool (piscine naturelle) one needs to wade through the stream, wear waders/reefers rather than slippers as this makes it a lot easier. The water is warm and clear and there are quite a few fish and even several white Moray Eels around. As we stayed at Le Meridien we visited the pool several times and... More 

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