Lifou Travel Guide

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  • Lifou
    by globetrott
  • Lifou
    by globetrott

Lifou Things to Do

  • Dont miss the church of Easo

    Easo is the first village that you will get to, when walking from the place, where you cruiseship will take you ashore. This church looks very nice from inside as well and all of the tours organized by your cruiseship will stop there for a short time.The church was built in 1898 and will normally be open for visitors all day long.Dont miss to take...

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  • Baie de Jinek - a great, sandy beach

    Baie de Jinek is a great, sandy beach, about half way from the place where you will get out of the tenderboats and the chapel "Notre Dame de Lourdes"You will find some facilities on that beach, like changing-rooms, toilets and a small tent with refreshments. No entrancefee to be paid, just come and take a swim or sunbath, everybody is welcome...

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  • butterflies are all over

    I have never seen so many butterfies in a single place like in Lifou / New Caledonia. Maybe it was the time of the year (Beginning of November, that is early spring in that part of the world), maybe it is a lack of natural enemies on this quite small island in the Pazific Ocean.In my 2nd photo you can even see 3 butterflies next to each other, they...

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  • the cemetery of Easo

    Dont miss to take a look at the cemetery of Easo as well, when you visit the church there. It was interesting to see some different styles of graves there and also the idea to have a hat on top of the grave, like you see it in my 2nd picture here.I also saw some woodcarvings, that might have been a cross once, but I am not sure about that (my last...

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  • the chapel "Notre Dame de Lourdes"

    When you get to Lifou by cruiseship you will see this chapel on top of a hill already from a large distance. Walking there is quite easy and will take about 30 minutes one way: fist it is an asphalted street and at the end there are quite steep steps uphill, but it was worth the trouble for some great panorama-view. Unfortunately the chapel was...

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  • traditional huts

    You will find a traditional hut in the garden of most modern houses in Lifou, and while you are mostly not allowed to take a look inside of them, I found this one on my way to the chapel of the Mother of God, a signpost invited tourists to come in and take a look and leave a donation (see the signpost in my last photo).This is how I was able to...

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  • Private Tour from cruise stop, Easo

    My plan to hire a car in Lifou fell flat when I found that a place described in Lonely Planet as 'Five minutes from Easo beach' turned out to be 20kms away. So, my wife and I were rather late looking for an alternative, most of the cruise ship tourists having boarded mini-buses and departed by now. We wandered around the small market place and...

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  • Walk and experience the fabulous views.

    The walking paths and tracks, to the churches, beaches & lookouts are great, with some smooth roads and a few 'bumpy' uneven paths, so take good walking shoes, or wear your 'reef/aqua' shoes. The humidity makes it a bit of a hard slog, at times, but the subsequent views are well worth it. Make sure you take a bottle of water with you (must keep...

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  • Walk explore Lifou Island...

    Well worth the 35 minute uphill hike to the White Church on top of the high peak. Scenery and views are fantastic...The photo shows me starting the climb. The cruise ship Pacific Sky in the background. As she sailed I was aboard her sailing off in to such a beautiful sunset. Palm trees silhouetted on the island.

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Lifou Restaurants

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    by Norm-NZ Written Sep 26, 2003

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    Food on board the Pacific Sky cruise ship is absolutely positively delicious. The quality and presentation of the food is 4 star plus. Range of food to suit everyone. If you go hungry on board Pacific Sky it's because your lips are super-glued together....

    Pacific Sky ship's food

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Lifou Nightlife

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    by Norm-NZ Written Sep 26, 2003

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    On the cruise ship Pacific Sky there are many night clubs or night spot to enjoy and have fun... And I mean have fun, as in fantastic time. My favourite was the disco night-club. Starts at 10:30pm and finishes at dawn. Disco lights, DJs, coooool music, party atmosphere dancing inside the club and on the outside disco deck under the stars....FANTASTIC...!!!!!!!!

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Lifou Transportation

  • Walking is the best option on this...

    Walking is the best option on this island and within just a few minutes you will get to a nice sandy beach, you can walk to one of the 2 churches that I mention in my other tips, each of them is in a distance of ca. 30 minutes from the place, where you enter the island by the tenderboats of your cruiseship.There are some shopping-possibilities as...

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  • sightseeing by taxi ?

    You will hardly find any taxis on this island !!! All cars and buses will be hired for the tours that are organized by the cruiseships. These tours are quite expensive, but also the only possibility to explore a bit more of this island.Some private cars also used to stop and hoop and asked me, if they should take me to town, but I never took such...

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  • by cruiseship to Lifou

    I came to Lifou onboard the Dawn Princess, a ship with around 2000 Passangers onboard, and so we had to anchor off the shore and take the passangers ashore by the small tender-boats.From the place, where the tenders landed I could do some easy walks, about half an our to walk to the chapel of the Mother of God including the small traditional hut...

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Lifou Local Customs

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    by globetrott Updated Dec 9, 2011

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    I saw 3 quite large crabs in a tent close to the place, where cruiseships will get their passangers ashore in Lifou. 2 of these crabs had been fixed by a rope (my 2nd picture) on the table inside the tent and another one was fixed on a rope outside in the open sun. I am sure that all the 3 of them had a lot of pain that way and the local people expected tourists to pay 1 Dollar for each photo.
    I am afraid such cruelties will go on forever, except that tourists will totally give up to pay for such photos !!!

    2 crabs, alive fixed on a table
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Lifou Warnings and Dangers

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    by peeweekathi Written Feb 17, 2008

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    Make sure you take some reef/aqua shoes with you and wear them when entering the clear waters, because there is lots of coral, close to the shore lines and you could rip your feet to shreds, without protection. Try not to step on the coral anyway, it needs to be preserved:)

    Coral - precious & pretty but dangerous.
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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Beaches
    • Diving and Snorkeling

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Lifou Tourist Traps

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    by peeweekathi Written Feb 17, 2008

    Watch anything you leave on shore, while you're swimming/snorkelling or whatever. The local children would REALLY like them! They also come up to you and ask to 'borrow' your snorkelling masks, but you are unlikely to see that mask again, if you 'lend' it to them. They can swim much farther and faster, than you ever could. Don't let the cute, pouty face and little squeaky voice, fool you.

    Unique Suggestions: If you wander off on your own, like I did, at least have a waterproof 'beach safe' on a lanyard, for your money & anything else of value and take it in the water with you.

    Fun Alternatives: Let the kids keep your snorkel mask, if you don't need it anymore:)

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    • Beaches
    • Water Sports
    • Diving and Snorkeling

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Lifou Off The Beaten Path

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    by Norm-NZ Written Sep 26, 2003

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    There are several swimming pools on board the cruise ship Pacific Sky. A great place to relax in the sun or the shade by the pool. Have a cocktail or a beer, or cool off by splashing around in the pool. Good place to work on your tan, or simply meet friends or make new ones..... And you will meet lots of new friends.....

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Lifou Favorites

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    by Norm-NZ Updated Sep 26, 2003

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    Favorite thing: As the ship Pacific Sky sailed away from Lifou Island towards our next island stop I wished I had more time, more days on the South Pacific island paradise.....

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Lifou is the hot white sandy beaches, the green palm trees and coconut trees, and the clear blue warm waters.....And the fantastic reef and coral snorkel diving too.....

    Cruising the South Pacific ocean.....

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