Isle of Pines, Ile Des Pins

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The Isle of Pines (French: Île des Pins; name in Kanak language Kwênyii: Kunyié) is an island in the Pacific Ocean, in the archipelago of New Caledonia, an overseas collectivity of France. The island is part of the commune (municipality) of L'Île-des-Pins, in the South Province of New Caledonia. The Isle of Pines is nicknamed l'île la plus proche du paradis ("the closest island to Paradise").

The island is around 22°37′S 167°29′E and measures 15 km (9.3 mi) by 13 km (8.1 mi). It lies southeast of Grande Terre, New Caledonia's main island, and is 100 kilometres (62 mi) southeast of the capital Nouméa. There is one airport (code ILP) with a 1,097 m (3,599 ft) runway. The Isle of Pines is surrounded by the New Caledonia Barrier Reef.

The inhabitants of the island are mainly native Melanesian Kanaks, and the population is 2,000 (estimated 2006) (1989 population 1,465).

The island is rich with animal life and is home to unusual creatures such as the crested gecko Correlophus ciliatus and the world's largest gecko Rhacodactylus leachianus.

The pic Nga is the island's highest point, at 262 metres (860 ft) elevation. River Ouro is the longest river.
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  • Isle of Pines.- piscinnie natural (the natural lagoon), gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous, would be even more so in high tide. Long long walk to get to it (through water & through bush). We departed from....  more »
  • Isle of Pines is a beautiful island in New Caledonia, to get there is a long boat ride, but worth it.  more »
  • The Island is beautiful in the beach area but shops charge an arm and a leg to tourists for local goods and then if providing them with the Aussie Dollar - they won't take any coins at all,,,,,,,but they will give you back Aussie Coins! Even though I spoke French - it appeared that I wasn't allowed to speak French - one lost Star for that.
  • An amazing place. The very definition of pristine.

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