The Isle of Pines — The Closest Island to Paradise


Have you heard of the Isle of Pines? It’s unlikely unless you are from Australia, Oceania or you have been there on a cruise ship. OK, maybe the French know about it. After all, it is a French overseas collectivity.

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This tiny Pacific Island is situated in the New Caledonia archipelago, and it is nicknamed l’île la plus proche du paradis (the closest island to Paradise). And it is! Of the many islands I have visited in my life, I was especially impressed by this one. Is it because of the turquoise water or the perfect white sand (but hey, many places have that) combined with the shades of its signature Araucaria pine trees? I don’t know, but this place looks unreal.


A few interesting facts:

1. The Isle of Pines is inhabited mainly by the native Melanesian kanaks, and the population is about 2,000 people…

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