40 Lifou Cruise Reviews

this is a beautiful spot and if you have the energy ( you need to do it once in your lifetime) take the walk up to the church on the cliff top - along a bitumen road for around 500 metres and then up the side of the hill - bit rough ... Read More
this is a beautiful spot and if you have the energy ( you need to do it once in your lifetime) take the walk up to the church on the cliff top - along a bitumen road for around 500 metres and then up the side of the hill - bit rough walking but there is a handrail - remember to take some water and just stop along the way for a rest - the view at the top is fabulous and it makes you wonder how did they build it up there plus how did they get the statue there it is enormous. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
My husband and I decided not to take an excursion, for it was a short stay in Lifou. The ship arrived at about 8 a.m. and all aboard time was 3:30 p.m.--a rather tight schedule. Lifou, Nouvelle Caledonie is mostly beach area. Perfect for ... Read More
My husband and I decided not to take an excursion, for it was a short stay in Lifou. The ship arrived at about 8 a.m. and all aboard time was 3:30 p.m.--a rather tight schedule. Lifou, Nouvelle Caledonie is mostly beach area. Perfect for sunbathers. The ship was docked away from the island, away from the reefs, thus, we took a tender boat from the Jewel to Lifou. Many places to see when you walk up a long winding but slight slope (such as a big open market where in it are individual tables filled with souvenirs; various foods and drinks cooked and made in the premises; hair braiding; even a money exchange table out in the open attended by three elderly female government officials. There is a bus that runs every half hour that takes you to town (a 45-minute ride). On top of the hill is the most beautiful and picturesque view of the ocean, palm trees, the beach, the docks and the NCL Jewel in the background. Breathtaking! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Lots of coral on the beach and in the water. Wear reef shoes if you want to go swimming. Walked to the little church on the hill overlooking the bay. Lots of people got their hair braided here.
Lots of coral on the beach and in the water. Wear reef shoes if you want to go swimming. Walked to the little church on the hill overlooking the bay. Lots of people got their hair braided here. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Enjoyed the market and how clear the water was, didn't stay long on shore as my child was ill
Enjoyed the market and how clear the water was, didn't stay long on shore as my child was ill Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Lifou is a lovely island, of all of my favourite pacific islands its not high on my list but certainly I have also had some great days there, My son and i wanted to get in some snorkeling, we bought all of our gear along and hardly got to ... Read More
Lifou is a lovely island, of all of my favourite pacific islands its not high on my list but certainly I have also had some great days there, My son and i wanted to get in some snorkeling, we bought all of our gear along and hardly got to use it so here was our final chance, we could have paid $15 each to walk to the other side of the island at Jinek Bay, I have done that before and it is stunning but i didn't want the walk, hate that i have to pay the cruise ship and on my previous trips i have seen turtles right near the dock where the tenders come in so we went snorkeling there. Unlike other areas the water gets to a good snorkeling depth quickly with good clean access, the coral is not as nice and there isn't as many fish but that's not why I went there, I was hoping to see and swim with turtles and as it turns out I was in luck. I was following a large flounder taking some photos when a group of people started yelling "TURTLE", I looked up and they were pointing right in front of me, it didn't take me long to forget about the flounder I had been following around when i saw a medium sized turtle about 5 metres in front of me, i swam closer keeping a distance so i didn't scare it, taking photos but the crowd kept saying "over here", they didn't realise i was already watching a turtle feed on sea grass but to satisfy them and myself I went over to check out where they were pointing to find a much larger turtle. I followed it around for what must have been 15 or 20 minutes taking some photos and video Of course by now a lot more people wanted to snorkel there but that's OK I didn't mind sharing, what i noticed though is that the larger turtle didn't seem to take any notice what soever that i was there, it obviously saw me and others so i got closer and closer to the point where I was diving down About 2 metres right beside it watching as it fed, i started patting his shell from behind (I learnt the day before that they actually can feel it through their shells) again it just kept feeding so I kept playing with and swimming around with my new friend as he ate sea grass. If anybody finds my new friend please say hello but please also keep your hands away from its mouth and only touch his (presuming it was male) shell from behind, while not aggressive in the slightest they can be curious and one bite could easily take fingers and touching his shell wont hurt him Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Very Good opportunity to see some local sites, take a swim, and explore a little on foot. Tour guide made it a very entertaining experience.
Very Good opportunity to see some local sites, take a swim, and explore a little on foot. Tour guide made it a very entertaining experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Went for a walk to the Church on the point. I am currently a big girl, but, I made it up that steep hill on a very hot day 38 degrees celcius. Was beautiful. The Explorer crew were very well organised and moved a lot of passengers very ... Read More
Went for a walk to the Church on the point. I am currently a big girl, but, I made it up that steep hill on a very hot day 38 degrees celcius. Was beautiful. The Explorer crew were very well organised and moved a lot of passengers very efficiently to and from the island. Some of the locals a bit opportunistic, particularly selling beers at $10AUD. The people in the markets friendly enough. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
If you feel up to it, the walk to the church is worth the view. Water quality is poor near the pier, walk off to the right side and find a little sandy beach to swim from. Far better quality. Or pay the cost to go to the local ... Read More
If you feel up to it, the walk to the church is worth the view. Water quality is poor near the pier, walk off to the right side and find a little sandy beach to swim from. Far better quality. Or pay the cost to go to the local "aquarium" on the other side of the bay, but beware all the other tourists without a clue how to snorkel, lol! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Snorkled at jinek bay - by far the absolute best snorkling we have ever done. High tide calm and sunny conditions with heaps to see. Even new coral outcrops which was great
Snorkled at jinek bay - by far the absolute best snorkling we have ever done. High tide calm and sunny conditions with heaps to see. Even new coral outcrops which was great Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Enjoyed this stop. Walked up to small chapel and the views were jaw dropping. Spent the afternoon on the beachfront and it was very relaxing. The tender ride to and fro was easy - the queue to get on to it was a little painful but worth ... Read More
Enjoyed this stop. Walked up to small chapel and the views were jaw dropping. Spent the afternoon on the beachfront and it was very relaxing. The tender ride to and fro was easy - the queue to get on to it was a little painful but worth the effort. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Had been to this island before, planned on going snorkeling however the weather was pouring rain and windy so we got back on the boat.
Had been to this island before, planned on going snorkeling however the weather was pouring rain and windy so we got back on the boat. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Would have loved to go to Leucila as have done previously but no options. Best snorkelling here this trip. Pay $15 over the hill or just jump in near pier.
Would have loved to go to Leucila as have done previously but no options. Best snorkelling here this trip. Pay $15 over the hill or just jump in near pier. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Swim and snorkel port again. But it has lots of coral and is shallow to the left as you get off the tender. Seen a large turtle again which excited all our group and it only swam slowly away so we could follow it for a while. Locals put on ... Read More
Swim and snorkel port again. But it has lots of coral and is shallow to the left as you get off the tender. Seen a large turtle again which excited all our group and it only swam slowly away so we could follow it for a while. Locals put on a dance and could buy ice creams and beer or drinks at reasonable prices. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016

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