Having completed a 2 hour island tour there was still more than sufficient time for a walk along a significant part of Kanumera Bay which, if forced to pick a favourite between it and Kuto Beach, I would rate it higher – because, at least when I visited, it was less busy and there was more shade, from a combination of palms and the Auracaria columnaris pines from which the island takes its name, for those wishing to linger. Additionally, I found the Bay to be a lot more photogenic and I trust I have managed to capture some of its beauty in the images attached.
Kanumera Bay with its gentle turquoise waters is the snorkelling beach while Kuto with its greater surf and more powdery white sand is better suited to swimming though either activity can be partaken of at either location.
A particular feature of Kanumera Bay is La Rocher or Sacred Rock, attached to the main island by a sandbar. This small coral islet is a sacred place for the locals. While you are welcome to snorkel around it, and indeed the best snorkelling within the Bay is around it, you should respect local wishes and not go onto the rock.
I am personally not a beach lying person but there is no doubting that this is an excellent beach and one of the big draw cards for the Ile des Pines. For me the Bay presented a most wonderful walking opportunity.
While I enjoy snorkelling and had my gear with me I decided not to snorkel here as by the time I arrived, after my island tour, I could see that the water around the Sacred Rock had become rather murky, the coral sand having been badly disturbed by other snorkellers and swimmers. As I have previously snorkelled extensively in the South Pacific this was not the major disappointment for me it might have been for others who may have been snorkelling for the first time.
There is a small toilet block midway along the beach, heading in the direction of the Oure Tera beach resort which also, I presume, has such facilities in addition to offering meals and drinks. I didn’t actually go into the resort, deciding instead to save my imbibing until I got to the Hotel Kou-Bugny on Kuto Beach, where I knew other members of our group had settled in to sample the local hospitality!
Assuming you arrive onto the Ile des Pins by cruise ship or the ferry from Nourmea, Kanumera Bay is about 3 minutes walk. Take a left leaving the jetty and then veer right after about 100 metres. Veering left at this point takes you onto Kuto Beach.
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 – Horrid And Stray Dogs – or to start the loop at the beginning go to my introductory entry – No Hurries, No Worries.