A gorgeous arc of golden sand, backed by towering Norfolk Island Pines and lapped by turquoise waters, makes this the most beautiful beach on the island. It is also the only one suitable for swimming as its tranquility—described by many as a huge ocean pool—results from the protective coral reef about 100 meters off shore. Situated near Kingston and its historic buildings, Emily Bay is ideal for families and avid snorkelers, too. If that's not your thing, explore the bright coral and tropical fish on a glass-bottom boat ride. On the shoreline is a 450-year old Norfolk Pine, documented by Captain James Cook when he visited the island in 1778. Bring a picnic or barbecue supplies as there are plenty of tables and grills, and don't forget a bottle of wine. Amenities: parking; toilets. Best for: solitude, snorkeling, sunset, swimming, walking.
Bay Street, Kingston, Norfolk Island