Pristine beaches, rugged cliffs, lush forests and immense caves… Lifou (Drehu in the local language) features landscapes that are as splendid as they are varied. Friendly and warm, Lifou’s inhabitants will happily welcome you and share their traditions and cultural heritage. Here you will experience the very essence of the Loyalty Islands’ spirit.  

Lifou is the largest island in the Loyalty Island archipelago. With an area of 1150 km2, its size is comparable to that of Martinique. The island features a great variety of landscapes waiting to be explored. Lifou’s natural beauty keeps enticing visitors.  The coastline is rugged, outlining deep bays that shelter colorful wildlife. Contemplate white-sand beaches that contrast with cliffs carved in ancient coral reefs. Inland you will enjoy great hikes through lush forests that have grown in vast plains, where the lagoon used to be.  

 

Lifou

QANONO CHURCH AND TEMPLE

The missionary FAO founded the first Protestant mission on the former battlefield of Lössi...

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XODRE CLIFFS

 The cliffs can be visited with a local guide

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Botanical garden "Chez Felix"

Delightful vanilla plantation set in the heart of a forest. You will be warmly welcomed.

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Chapel of n.d. Lourdes at Easo

Landing place of the Catholic missionaries, who built this chapel in 1898.

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CHATEAUBRIAND BAY

A vast white sandy beach.

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Easo site

A development with traditional Melanesian huts for cruise ship passengers.

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Jinek bay

Snorkelling site.

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Jokin cliffs

40m high cliffs, overhanging crystal clear waters teeming with fish.

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KiKi Beach

Come to discover a splendid beach.

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luengöni beach

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PENG

A white sandy beach dotted with caves and numerous creeks.

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The great Hut of Hnathalo tribe

The Great Hut of the Hnathalo tribe, 3km from Wanaham aerodrome.

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Vanilla House at Hnathalo tribe

Discover the secrets of vanilla,

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Maré

Mebuet Beach

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ROH

Historical monument commemorating the arrival of the Christian missionaries on the island of...

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The beaches of Yedjélé and Wabao

Endless beaches of white sand bordered by coconut palms

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THE BONE HOLE

A 40 meters deep vertical cavity hollowed out in the limestone rocks.

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The natural aquarium

The natural aquarium near Tadine is fed by the sea flowing under the coral formations

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THE SHABADRAN TERRACES

" In the beginning, the terraces of Shabadran"

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The village of la Roche and its fortress

La Roche is the island's second largest center.

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The warrior's leap

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The Yeiwene Yeiwene cultural center

Open Monday

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Ouvéa

Coconut oil distillery

Located in Hwadrilla village in the Fayaoué district (near Hwadrilla quay).

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Mouli snorkelling site

In the extreme south of the island, the landscape is beautiful, the view on the first island south of...

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Ouvéa soap factory

The factory is in Hwadrilla near the quay.

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Saint-Joseph

Saint Joseph brings together the Takedji, an independent tribe from Wallis and Heo, whose...

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The bay of Lekiny and the island of Fayawa

Lekiny a superb sheltered stretch of water glinting with iridescent colours is a protected...

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The beach of Fayaoué

Between Mouli and St-Joseph, the coast road runs alongside a magnificient beach of fine white...

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The blue hole of Hanawa

A series of waterholes where fresh water and salt water remain separate.

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The cave of Hulup

Located at the foot of Ceu cliffs, the Hulup cave is an authentic and peaceful resting place of...

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The Lekiny cliffs

Twelve kilometres south of Fayaoué the grey cliffs of Lekiny, pitted with caves facing the bay are...

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The Mouli bridge

Built in 1984, the Mouli bridge spans the strait separating Ouvéa from Mouli.

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Tiberia snorkelling site

Bottom of stairs, this great beach is ideal for the family,

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Turtles hole

Circular deep chasm, the water is almost sweet, swimming is possible.

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Vanilla plantation

Tel: 45 7137 Vanico, St-Paul's tribe

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The island of many faces

Plage de Luengoni Lifou Nouvelle Caledonie

Ten thousand people live on Lifou and the island is divided into three customary districts: Wetr, Lösi and Gaïça. Traditions and customs are very much alive here. Celebrations and daily tasks (such as hut construction or agriculture) are permeated by tradition. Wé is the administrative center of the Loyalty Islands as it is the biggest tribal village. Located by gorgeous Chateaubriand Bay, Wé counts the island’s main commercial and administrative facilities. 

 

Lifou was officially discovered (and mapped out) by Dumont d'Urville in 1827. Rapidly, Catholic and Protestant missionaries flocked to the island. They fought to convert local populations, thereby echoing the more prosaic competition between the British Empire and France. 

 

Lifou in pictures