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Information Office Point I : Just 50m. in front of the church, in the village square, Vao, is Point I. It is staffed by a well-travelled Kunie, Marie-Jeanne, who, in addition to her own native language, speaks English, French, Italian, Czech and Polish.

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Tel. (687) 46 10 27
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Edition OCTOBER 2006
HILARY ROOTS (or Cleo)

 

 
• BEDS FOR ALL BUDGETS
 

Isle of pines caters for all budgets, ranging from camping to luxury hotels.
Check out our accommodation section for more details.

TIPS FOR REDUCING COSTS IN NOUMEA

• Public buses run regularly between Tontouta International Airport and Noumea (a distance of about 50 Km). A one-way fare costs 400 cfp. The bus-stop at Tontouta is at the west end of the terminal ; in Noumea it's beside the Bingo.
E-mail: office-tourisme@canl.nc

• Beds for back-packers: the Lantana Beach Hotel, Anse Vata, now has 6 rooms with 3
or 4 beds each.
E-mail: lantana@canl.nc

 

 
• BIKES TO HIRE
 

Bikes with a comfortable saddle are for hire at the Snack Bar-Petit Café at the southern end of Kuto Beach, just before the gendarmerie (police station).
Price : 1,000 cfp half-day ; 1,500 cfp full day plus a deposit and some identification – driver’s licence or passport.

The Snack Bar-Petit Café, now managed by professional chef, Christophe Cagnewa, offers lunches, sandwiches and good coffee. Open every day except Monday, from 9am-5pm.

 

 
• CONVICT RUINS – “ THE CONVENT ”
 

If you’re out exploring on foot, on bike or by car, visit the convict ruins and soak up a little of the island’s history. 2 imposing stone buildings – barracks for military guards in the 1st ‘ Commune ’ – have recently been cleared of bush by a group of young islanders. Situated about 300 m. north of the bakery, they date from the mid 1870s when 3000 political exiles were banished to the island from Paris. The buildings subsequently housed some 200 common law French women convicts governed by a community of Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, hence the local name “ Le Couvent ” / the Convent..

 
 
 

 

 
• ISLE OF PINES’ LEGENDS
 

A small book of the island’s legends, illustrated by local children, has just been published in a new edition. Both English and French versions are on sale at various places on the island, including the Airport, the Boutique Créations Ile des Pins and Point I in Vao.

 

 

 
• LUXURY TREATMENT
 

Sumptuous beauty and well-being treatments are available at the new ‘Spa’ at Le Méridien hotel, Oro. The choices, for both men and women, range from aromatic massages, shiatsu and reflexology, to such exotic rituals as chocolate or honey body-wraps. Open to both hotel guests and others.
Bookings : tel. (687) 46 15 20

   
 

 

 
• FOOT CARE
 

The original, revolutionary “Crocs” shoes now have an outlet on Isle of Pines. The resin material sandals, first designed for boat-wear, are available in 16 colours and several designs for men, women and children. The Crocs Shop, open every day except Sunday, from 9-11am and 2-6pm, is next to the convenience store, Kunie Mag, 200 m. north of Kuto beach.

   
 

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