Ile des Pins: Convict ruins and Hike up Pic Nga

The sights to see in the Isle of Pines is an assortment of great natural beauty, Kunie buildings of both traditional and modern designs, and ruins from the colonial era when France transported political prisoners to New Caledonia for incarceration. We walked west from Kuto Bay to the convict ruins, where numerous crumbling buildings were becoming overgrown by garden and native plants. As we learned in Australia, the transportation of prisoners from Europe to islands of the South Pacific was an unimaginable undertaking. It would have been akin to today’s earthlings sending our prisoners to the moon.

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