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A Year-Long Treasure: Visiting Ile des Pins

When you’re planning your next vacation (or your first!) to the Jewel of the Pacific, Ile des Pins, when to go is one of the first choices you should make.

The island, home to a quarter of a million people in the French-Pacific territory of New Caledonia, is a hidden treasure of white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and the lush, tree-filled landscape that gives the island its name, the Island of Pines. It’s also a quiet, mostly noise-and-nightlife-free zone that offers a respite for travelers.

Seasons

There are two distinctive seasons on the Island of Pines. If you love the sun and the beach, then take a trip between December and March. And if you like a climate more conducive to hiking and biking, plan on visiting from April to November when the temperatures will be about five to ten degrees cooler on average.

Warm Season

For snorkeling, diving amongst the coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean, or sailing through the crystal clear waters, visit Ile des Pins during the warm season. The average temperature during the warmer months (December through March) ranges from 73 to 89 degrees Fahrenheit (23 to 32 degrees Celsius). Expect humid conditions with some rain and lots of sunshine – for the most part. While there is no specific “rainy season,” heavier rain, windy conditions and, more rarely, stormy seas generally occur during the warmer season.

Cool Season

If you’re in the mood for bicycle rides around the island, hiking, and exploring, plan a visit during the cooler months of April through November. But never fear: the average temperature ranges from 58 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 26 degrees Celsius) so that means you can still swim and snorkel to your heart’s content.  

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