Spend time in nature, soak up French and Melanesian culture in New Caledonia

ST journalist Jessie Lim at the Natural Swimming Pool on Isle of Pines. ST PHOTO: JESSIE LIM
Le Meridien Ile des Pins, a five-star hotel facing Oro Bay on the Isle of Pines. PHOTO: S. ROBERT
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NEW CALEDONIA – Grasping the trunk of a tree, my flip-flops about to give way, I stumble through a thicket of trees.

I am exploring New Caledonia’s Isle of Pines and, with every passing minute, I wonder when we will finally reach our destination – the natural swimming pool of Oro Bay famed for its translucent waters.

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