Travel through the Isle of Pines while admiring the natural beauty and gaining an understanding of the cultural diversity. Upon arriving in the village of Vao, the island's administrative center, you will see the 19th-century Notre-Dame de L'Assumption church, the first stone chapel built in New Caledonia.
A different sort of religious monument awaits you at St-Maurice Bay, where a ring of wooden totems surrounds a statue of St. Maurice. It commemorates the first Catholic service that French missionaries held there in 1848. Wooden outrigger canoes are the attraction of St. Joseph's Bay, as they are constructed there using traditional methods, even though most of the outriggers are equipped with modern outboard motors.
For a glimpse into the legends associated with the Isle of Pines, you will visit Oumagne Grotto, where Queen Hortense supposedly hid during a tribal war. If you throw a coin on the flagstone that was her bed and make a wish, it will allegedly come true.