The island of Lifou is the life blood of the Loyalty Islands of the legendary archipelago of New Caledonia. Boasting steep, windswept cliffs to the north and deserted, turquoise bays to the south, it is a true island paradise.
Known for its lush natural underwater aquarium, Lifou is also blessed with pristine white-sand beaches, opulent jungles and a close-knit tribe, known as the Kanak society.
Home to the largest coral atoll in the Loyalty archipelago, it is a paradise for snorkelers and divers, who flock here every year to experience the untouched treasures beneath the surface.
Lifou boasts a multitude of sweeping panoramic views and exquisite natural landscapes. From the breathtaking cliffs of Jokin on the Northern coast, to the awe-inspiring white-sand beaches of the South, tourists will fall in love with the completely untouched environment of this stunning island.
Shopping is an extremely popular past time in Lifou, with terrific local hand-made wares and handicrafts on offer. The Open-Air Markets are a particular favourite and are on before 11am on Wednesdays and Fridays.
A roller-coaster of different adventures await in Lifou, ensuring you will never have a dull moment here. Start off with a relaxing nature walk, give scuba diving a try, take on the waves with a surfboard or indulge in some cross-country mountain biking. The possibilities are endless!
Quench your desire to feast on local cuisine by visiting some of the eateries in town. Lifou's mouth-watering delicacy, bougna, is a must. It's made from a special combination of sweet potato, yam, taro, bits of chicken and special seafood meat, wrapped together in banana leaves then cooked using a ground oven.
Cafes offering items like coffee, lobsters and coconuts are also open for tourists seeking a laid back Lifou cuisine experience.
Travel essentials like a hat, sunscreen, flat-soled shoes and lightweight clothes are must-haves when heading onshore.
Tourists have the choice to bring their own snorkeling gear or rent it onboard.
Recent developments including a jetty and a boardwalk have allowed ships to safely dock on the island of Lifou, giving passengers easier access to land.
Currency: CPF Franc (XPF) (100 CPF Franc= 1.06 Australian Dollar)
Time zone: UTC+11