Island Legacy


Explore the islands most notable sites and discover the rich heritage of Isle of Pines and its people. Your local guide will share the legend of Queen Hortense, the inspiration for the 'Kunie' people. Visit Vao Village, Notre Dame de L’Assomption Church and St Joseph’s (Canoe) Bay. At St Maurice Bay, a Christian monument stands alongside mystical Kanak totems. Finally, discover the hidden and sacred Oumagne grotto, a giant limestone cave adorned with gigantic stalactites and stalagmites which served as a refuge to the young queen Hortense during a difficult time of inter-tribal conflicts.
  • Tour Code

    IP1050

  • Location

    Isle Of Pines

  • Activity Types

    Sightseeing / City Tour

  • Experience Types

    Sightseeing

  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Fitness Level

    Good

  • Price

    Adult from $65.99
    Children (12 & under) from $55.99

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• Wear comfortable warm-weather clothing and walking shoes. Bring a hat and adequate sun protection. Please fill your water bottle before leaving the ship. • Local buses and vans may be used for transportation. These buses / vans are quite basic have no air-conditioning. Restroom facilities may be rustic. • Please consider your physical fitness and medical history before choosing this tour, as surfaces within the natural Grotto of Queen Hortense, may be rough, uneven and dark in places, please use caution when entering the Grotto.

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Island Legacy

IP1050

Isle Of Pines

2 hours

Adult: $65.99pp

Child: $55.99pp


Explore the islands most notable sites and discover the rich heritage of Isle of Pines and its people. Your local guide will share the legend of Queen Hortense, the inspiration for the 'Kunie' people. Visit Vao Village, Notre Dame de L’Assomption Church and St Joseph’s (Canoe) Bay. At St Maurice Bay, a Christian monument stands alongside mystical Kanak totems. Finally, discover the hidden and sacred Oumagne grotto, a giant limestone cave adorned with gigantic stalactites and stalagmites which served as a refuge to the young queen Hortense during a difficult time of inter-tribal conflicts.

Traditional Outrigger Canoe Experience

IP1080

Isle Of Pines

2.25 hours

Adult: $135.99pp

Child: $105.99pp


From Kuto Bay travel on bus toward Saint-Josep Bay. Your local guide will welcome and provide information to board the traditional dugout canoes. Board the canoe in knee-dep water and sail in the direction of Upi Bay where majestic limestone rocks emerge from the sea. If you are lucky you could see one of the many turtles that resides in the bays.

A Glimpse of our Island (unguided)

IP1035

Isle Of Pines

1.5 hour

Adult: $35.99pp

Child: $19.99pp


This unguided bus tour visits some of the most important and picturesque historical sites including the French convict prison, spectacular white-sand Kuto Beach and stops briefly at Brush Island lookout to view this spectacular island decorated with tall pine trees. The town hall, post office, small clinic and Notre Dame de l’Assomption Catholic Church (1861) are all at Vao Village. Established at the same time, the Church and village allowed the tribes and clans to learn the teachings of the mission. Traditional Kanak wood carvings placed around a religious memorial at St. Maurice Bay celebrate the arrival of the first Marist brothers in 1848.