Ile des Pins, New Caledonia

Turtle Bay and Brush Island

N’Ga Peak

Queen Hortense’s Grotto

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Ile des Pins

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Today the tiny island of Isle of Pines in New Caledonia has a small airport, but at one time, the only way to reach it was by following the same sea path as visitors on an MSC cruise ship in Kuto Bay

This corner of the South Pacific was the home of rebels and criminals sent there by the French government in the second half of the 19th century. 
The prison facilities have been abandoned for decades but can still be visited among the pastures and cultivated fields found along the sides of the road 
Four times smaller than Tahiti, Isle of Pines is an incomparable tourist destination thanks to its warm, blue, crystalline waters and white sandy beaches. It's hard to believe that in the past it was chosen to be a prison. 
Other highlights that are more interesting than the ruins of the prison bath are N’Ga Peak, the highest point on the island, and Queen Hortense’s Grotto, the most famous of its numerous caves. Just 262 meters from N'Ga Peak, you will find the tall pines that give Isle of Pines its name and which struck the imagination of explorer James Cook when he arrived in 1774.
On an MSC Cruises small boat excursion, you will discover Isle of Pines’ coastline and enchanting places including Ilôt Brosse (Brush Island): a desert island just a few miles away. Starting from sheltered Kanumera Bay with its twin beaches, you can head towards Turtle Bay, true to its name as the home of a colony of green and loggerhead sea turtles. Visitors to Brush Island can snorkel or relax on the beach just steps away from the column of pines that make these islands unique in the world.

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    ニューカレドニアの島々 は、オーストラリアのクイーンズランドの海岸から15,000kmに位置しています。住民投票により、19世紀半ばから20世紀にかけて主に流刑地として利用してきたフランスから独立するか、そのまま留まるかが決められる予定です。

    今日、MSC ワールドクルーズ(世界一周)は主島グランドテール島に寄港します。ギザギザした海岸線のこの島にはニューカレドニアの首都であり最も大きな都市ヌメアがあります。
    1774年、ジェームス・クック がグランドテール島の北部をニューカレドニアと名付けました。カレドニアとはローマ人がスコットランドに付けた名前であり、クックには2つの土地がよく似て見えたようです。
    ニューカレドニアの美しい島の一つイル・デ・パン(パインズ島) にはヌメアから多くの観光客が訪れ、そのクリスタルのように透明な港やラグーンにたちまち魅了されてしまいます。