Water view of the beautiful natural swimming pool out of the coral limestone surrounded by Araucaria pines..Reached by sea on foot along a small narrow path and truly out of this world, Oro Bay boasts two superb beaches of incredibly fine white sand, crystal water. Eighty kilometres south-east of Noumea lies the enchanting Isle of Pines (14 km wide, 18 km long) a place where time seems to stand still in an idyllic setting of white beaches under swaying palms and soaring Araucaria pines.."KuniÈ ", as it is still called by the inhabitants, is as beautiful under water as it is on land and a favourite spot for divers..The Isle of Pines (French: Œle des Pins; Kanak name: KunyiÈ) is an island located in the Pacific Ocean, in the archipelago of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France. The island is part of the commune (municipality) of L'Œle-des-Pins, in the South Province of New Caledonia. The Isle of Pines is often nicknamed l'Óle la plus proche du paradis ("the closest island to Paradise") and is famous for snorkeling and scuba diving in and around its colorful lagoon. Many species of tropical fish and corals can be seen in the transparent water..The island is located around 22∞37?S 167∞29?E? / ?22.617∞S 167.483∞E? / -22.617; 167.483Coordinates: 22∞37?S 167∞29?E? / ?22.617∞S 167.483∞E? / -22.617; 167.483 and measures 15 km (9 miles) by 13 km (8 miles). It lies southeast of Grande Terre, New Caledonia's main island and is approximately 100 kilometres south-east of the capital Noumea. There is one airport (code ILP) with a 1,097-meter (3,600 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 approximately 2,000 (estimated 2006) (1989 population 1,465)..The island is rich with animal life and is home to many unique creatures such as the Crested Gecko Rhacodactylus ciliatus and the world's largest gecko Rhacodactylus leachianus..The

Water view of the beautiful natural swimming pool out of the coral limestone surrounded by Araucaria pines..Reached by sea on foot along a small narrow path and truly out of this world, Oro Bay boasts two superb beaches of incredibly fine white sand, crystal water. Eighty kilometres south-east of Noumea lies the enchanting Isle of Pines (14 km wide, 18 km long) a place where time seems to stand still in an idyllic setting of white beaches under swaying palms and soaring Araucaria...
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