Lifou cruises destination information
|Lifou itinerary and upcoming sailing dates|
|Jan 28, 2020||Pacific Islands, 9 nights||from $1732|
|Dec 30, 2019||New Years Eve, 9 nights||from $3382|
|Jan 8, 2020||A Taste of New Caledonia, 8 nights||from $1886|
|Jan 22, 2020||South Pacific, 9 nights||from $2517|
|Jan 18, 2020||Pacific Island Hopper, 7 nights||from $1542|
|Jan 10, 2020||South Pacific, 12 nights||from $3464|
|Jan 13, 2020||Fiji, 14 nights||from $5241|
|Jan 25, 2020||Pacific Island Hopper, 7 nights||from $2036|
|Mar 1, 2020||Pacific Islands, 10 nights||from $2164|
|Jan 6, 2020||Pacific Islands, 10 nights||from $2474|
|Dec 9, 2019||Pacific Islands, 9 nights||from $2464|
|Jan 27, 2020||Pacific Islands, 11 nights||from $2969|
|Feb 25, 2020||South Pacific, 11 nights||from $2111|
|Jan 21, 2020||Fiji, 14 nights||from $5178|
|Mar 18, 2020||South Pacific, 10 nights||from $2217|
|Dec 28, 2019||Discover Vanuatu, 9 nights||from $7355|
|Mar 7, 2020||South Pacific, 11 nights||from $2114|
|May 11, 2020||Pacific Islands, 9 nights||from $2001|
|Feb 5, 2020||South Pacific and Fiji , 14 nights||from $2839|
|Aug 15, 2020||Pacific Island Hopper, 7 nights||from $2319|
The Stunning Main Port of Lifou
The best way to describe swimming in Lifou, is that it is just like swimming in a warm swimming pool filled with tropical fish.
Lifou is a commune in the Loyalty Islands Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The commune of Lifou is made up of Lifou Island, the largest and most heavily populated of the Loyalty Islands, its smaller neighbour Tiga Island, and several uninhabited islets in between these two. All these islands lie among the Loyalty Islands, 190 km to the northeast of New Caledonia's mainland. The town of Wé on Lifou Island, is the administrative centre of the commune of Lifou as well as the provincial seat of the Islands Province.
Tender Port - Wheelchair access limited and some mobility may be required to board tenders.
Cruise Port: What to do in Lifou
Ships call in to Lifou on the regular year-round, docking near the small town of Easo to allow passengers to explore and enjoy. There are plenty of things to do on the island which range from the utterly relaxing and idle to active and adventurous, making it the ideal port for any cruise lover. Get a load of Lifou!
Lifou is a tender port, meaning the ship anchors just offshore from where passengers have wonderful views of the island to wake up to. To get onto dry land, there are small tender boats which transport cruisers to a small dock at the eastern end of Easo village.
It's recommended that you stock up on South Pacific Francs (the currency of New Caledonia) before arriving in Lifou, as there are few places to obtain cash - just a couple of ATMs, one in Easo. Some vendors will accept Australian dollars, but if you're calling in to Noumea before heading to Lifou it's a good idea to get some cash there.
There aren't too many opportunities to spend a lot of money on Lifou, but it's nice to browse the local markets and help support entrepreneurs. Bargaining is not part of the culture here, so shoppers should pay the marked price. Tipping is not generally expected although it is nice to give something to tour guides.
Local life and language
Although located in Melanesia, the people of the Loyalty Islands group have a strong Polynesian influence and a different majority religion than mainland New Caledonia - Protestantism as opposed to Catholicism. Modesty in dress when anywhere other than the beach is recommended as the local people tend to be quite conservative.
The term for the native people and culture is Kanak, and a total of 19 different tribes inhabit the islands, six of which are on Lifou. The native language used primarily on the island is called Drehu, and many inhabitants will also speak French and often some English thanks to the strong tourism trade.
What to do in Lifou
Many of the activities on offer in Lifou are, understandably, related to the water. From watersports to beach bumming, there are options for everyone and more than enough turquoise water to go around. Snorkelling in the beautiful Jinek Bay is a popular pastime, as is just swimming and lazing about on the sand to soak up the tropical atmosphere. Visitors can hire Stand Up Paddle boards or canoes, and go scuba diving if they are really adventurous.
Join a tour or hire a driver to see the sights of Lifou - or just tick off the ones you can walk to! There are some picturesque churches, including the gorgeous little Church of Notre Dame de Lourdes on a cliff overlooking the bay where ships drop anchor. North in Joking are some spectacular cliffs worth a visit for those who like scenery, and behind another church (St Pierre) is a bush walk that leads to a charming grotto area of caves with a waterhole where you can swim.
Nothing at all
A very valid and great option for anyone lucky enough to find themselves on Lifou. There is lots of sand to lie on, trees for shade, some eateries dotted around the island and cruise visitors have a whole day to just soak it all in. A day at the beach doesn't get much better than on Lifou!
Organised vs self-guided
Cruise lines run their own tours on Lifou, and it is also possible to find local-run excursions or drivers to take you around for a bespoke tour of the island. â€œOfficialâ€ cruise line tours have the advantage of a guarantee that you won't miss the boat, but can be a little regimented for some travellers - as well as expensive. On a smallish island like Lifou, doing your own things is generally not a problem - especially if you choose to stick to places nearby like Jokin, and leave plenty of time to arrive back to the tender dock in a leisurely fashion.
Most liens offer short tours which will take you to see one or more of Lifou's sights. These might include a look at the Cliffs of Jokin, the various villages and beaches around the island, or a combination of different places - a good way to spend a few hours getting to know the place.
Luecila Beach on the other side of the island is a very popular, picture-perfect spot and a lot of lines offer transfers for passengers to spend the day there. It's unspoilt by development and has a lovely swimming lagoon - wonderful for a relaxing day.
Natural wonders and cultural caches
Some tours are focused on Lifou's natural assets beyond just the beach! An example is the Forest and secret grotto tour offered by many lines which involves a nature walk through the
island's greenery and a trip to the caves. Cultural excursions might include a visit to the Vanilla House or a â€œMelanesian Encounterâ€ during which travellers can pay a visit to a chief's
hut and learn about the native way of life.
Anyone lucky enough to be planning a cruise to New Caledonia that calls in at Lifou is in for a treat. This gorgeous tropical island is ready and waiting for Aussie cruisers to stop by, and there is so much to do - or so little, depending on your preference!Cruises visiting Lifou
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