One thing you will notice on the Ile des Pins (and indeed on Maré which we also visited) is the number of stray dogs that congregate at places frequented by tourists, particularly where they think they can get some food – i.e. on the beaches.

New Caledonia is generally considered to be rabies free. That said, tempting though it may be to befriend and pat some of the stray dogs I suggest you don’t. While it is unlikely you will get bitten or contact any disease why take the chance and potentially ruin your holiday?

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Medical advice recommends that if an animal (not just dogs) bites or scratches you, should clean the wound with large amounts of soap and water and contact local health authorities immediately. If on a cruise ship I suggest getting back to the ship and the ship’s doctor as soon as you can.

My main picture, attached, is somewhat unrelated to the advice given above. It is actually a sign warning you not to trespass on private property lest a horrid dog eat you. I added that last bit!

Just because there are not fences everywhere like in more developed countries it does not mean people’s land and gardens are not private property.

This blog entry is one of a group (loop) of entries based on my trip to Ile des Pins, New Caledonia. I suggest you continue with my next entry – A Postcard From The South Pacific – or to start the loop at the beginning go to my introductory entry – No Hurries, No Worries.


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