Most of the resorts on the Ile des Pins would have some form of gift-shop/ boutique selling the same sort of stuff you would find at similar resorts anywhere else in the world. One such can be found at the Hotel Kou-Bugny on Kuto Beach, a short walk from the jetty. Even closer to the jetty is the Boutique Creations Ile des Pins – follow the sign at the jetty. The Hotel Kou-Bugny had a reasonable assortment of t-shirts, sarongs, hats, beach attire, tea towels, jewellery, local carvings, colourful fridge magnets and so on. I believe that the Boutique Creations Ile des Pins has a similar offering.
When a cruise ship is in port a small number of temporary stalls appear close to the jetty and on the grassy area where visitors turn left
or right for Kuto Beach or Kanumera Bay, respectively. Here you get similar things as in the resorts though freshly made garlands, headdresses and the like are also available. Quality at the hotel seemed to be a bit higher though prices were also higher. Overall prices were higher on the Ile des Pins (similar to Noumea) than at our other island stop of Maré so if you are after this type of souvenir and are also visiting Mare I suggest you get them there.
In addition to a very popular ice-cream stall there were a couple of other small stalls selling a very limited range of drinks and home-made food. Food and drinks can also be acquired at the beach side resorts.
This is the last blog entry in a group (loop) of entries on my trip to Ile des Pins, New Caledonia. I trust you have enjoyed reading about my trip and invite you to partake of another of the loops on my “Travel Loop” page, by clicking HERE.