Why go to Lifou?
Great snorkelling in Jinek Bay, picturesque walks and cool caves to explore
Not many shaded areas; snorkelling access tickets need to be bought onboard your ship
A beautiful island where cruisers can enjoy a relaxing day exploring its natural wonders
Lifou Cruise Port Facilities?
Lifou is a tender port, meaning you will be transported to the island via cruise tender to Sandalwood Bay. The pier is modern and well-maintained and only a short walk to the town of Easo. Here's a tip: look out for green sea turtles as you might spot a few swimming close to the pier. Once ashore, it's an easy walk to the market stalls where you'll find souvenirs and food vendors.
Good to Know?
Australian dollars are accepted, but take small notes as the local vendors may not be able to give change. Learning a few phrases in French would be advantageous for directions and purchasing food and souvenirs. Be mindful when walking on the main road as it can be quite busy with cars, vans and other vehicles. Push bikes can be hired to explore the island.
On Foot: Exploring Lifou by foot is the best way to see all the main attractions. There is a sealed road to walk on (but no footpath), which leads to the church, snorkelling spots, caves and traditional villages.
By Bike: Pushbikes, both adult and children sizes, are available for hire.
By Taxi: There are no taxis available, but private tours can be organized.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
Australian dollars and Central Pacific Franc (CFP) are accepted. There are no ATM facilities nor credit card facilities on the island, so it's best to exchange currency and bring cash before leaving for your cruise.
French is the official language of New Caledonia, however Drehu, the Indigenous language is also spoken on Lifou. Some locals speak English, however not fluently. Learning a few phrases in French, such as 'please', 'thank you', 'how are you?' and 'how much?' would be helpful. Greeting market stall vendors and other locals with a cheery bonjour is always warmly welcomed.