After stepping foot on this breathtaking island we now know why people refer it to The Jewel of the Pacific. The island’s silhouette is incredible, and it’s easy to see where it got its name. The slim native pine trees line the shores, meeting the water with a striking contrast.
Once we stepped off the boat and placed our feet into the warm, turquoise water we knew it was going to be a good day. We were greeted by a group of locals, dressed in their traditional island attire singing songs and dancing.
We spent the day soaking up the sun, dipping our toes in the sparkling water and exploring hidden spots within the island.
During our little explore of the island we noticed that when you go deeper into the island, you find yourself in some kind of Tim Burton movie. The trees are dark and mysterious, bent inward making a dark tunnel along the roads. Wasn’t what we were expecting – we loved it.
We don’t know why it is, but all the people we meant from the South Pacific were seriously the friendliest people we have ever met! Isle of Pines only has 2000 locals living on the island, and we had the pleasure of meeting a few. There were women threading coconut leaves into head pieces and baskets and asking for no money, they just wanted to share something with the foreigners visiting the island. There was also locals cooking traditional meals for anyone who would like to try as the youngsters danced and sang around us. It was incredible.
Isle of Pines is definitely our favourite island we have visited in the South Pacific Islands. When digging your toes in the sand and having the warm water of the lagoon caress your ankles and looking out over the tall pine trees, you can truly see why they call it the Jewel of the Pacific.
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