Lifou, New Caledonia 

Lifou in all its glory
With one of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in the Pacific Islands, Lifou is a holidaymaker’s dream.

Lifou in all its glory

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A much loved stop on many P&O Cruises itineraries, Lifou proves itself an unforgettable destination to all visitors. From limestone caves and white sand beaches, to coral reefs teeming with brightly coloured marine life, the island’s beauty is only surpassed by the warmth of its people.

An aquatic wonderland

Lifou has one of the most diverse landscapes in the Pacific Islands and is the largest coral atoll in the Loyalty archipelago. Under the water you'll find coral reefs teeming with brightly coloured marine life. Jinek Bay, located just a short stroll from where the ship docks, is one of the highest quality reefs in the Pacific.  Above water there's limestone caves, white beaches and lush forests.

You'll stand awestruck in front of all of its breathtakingly beautiful views: the northern coast of the island is made up of high, steep cliffs, whilst the southern side has pristine white sand beaches with stunning turquoise waters. Time here seems to pass more slowly than on some of the other Pacific Islands. It’s as if it is measured by tides, sunrises and sunsets rather than by clocks. Lifou has the wonderful charm of an island that has managed to preserve its own traditional Kanak culture. Kanak society is based on a tight, clan structure and a close affinity with the land, which they have inhabited for thousands of years.

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Featured Shore Tours from Lifou Isle 


  • Melanesian Encounter LIF-005

    Before stepping inside the round, thatched chief’s hut, make sure you take off your shoes and hat as a gesture of respect. This impressive hut has...

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  • Cliffs of Jokin LIF-010

    At Jokin, enjoy views of tropical reefs and spectacular cliffs (made from layers of ancient, compressed coral stone formed over millions of years)....

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  • Luecila Beach and Scenic Drive LIF-015

    See how the landscape changes along the way as you drive through We (pronounced whey), the administrative seat of the island. Luecila Beach is...

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  • Forest and Secret Grotto LIF-020

    Take a 10-minute transfer from the wharf along palm fringed roads to the forest for an informative guided walk through native flora. Explore all the...

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  • Lifou’s Vanilla House LIF-025

    At the Vanilla House you’ll learn about the cultivation, preparation and history of this sweet-smelling plant in the Loyalty Islands. At the...

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  • Jinek Bay Marine Reserve Pass - AM or PM LIF-030

    Lifou’s Jinek Bay is one of the Pacific Islands’ most pristine marine ecologies. It holds one of the world’s most diverse ranges of coral and more...

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New Caledonia at a Glance

SIZE: 18,580 square kilometres
POPULATION: 220,000 (2008 est)
LANGUAGE: French and Kanak Dialects
TYPE OF GOVERNMENT: French Overseas Territory and Local Government
Pacific Franc (XPF) This is the official currency of all New Caledonian Islands. Please remember that only bank notes are able to be exchanged onboard, Pacific Franc (XPF) coins will not be able to be exchanged when back onboard.

What to see

Lifou's main settlement is centrally located on the island's east coast. The main attraction here is the magnificent Luecila beach, Which is also available as a P&O shore tour. You can also shop for local products at the open-air market held opposite the town hall on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6-11am.

Cliffs Of Jokin

Lifou's northernmost village is famous for its 40m-high cliffs, which overhang crystal-clear waters teeming with fish. In calm weather, the bay beneath is ideal for snorkelling. This is one of our best selling P&O shore Tours

The Grand 'Hut' of the Chief of Hnathalo

The main 'hut' of the Hnathalo tribe, with its huge open fireplace, is set in a garden behind the chief's house. Permission to enter is required. Alternativitly take part in the P&O Tour Melanesian Encounter wher you will visit the chef’s hut and the village of Hnathalo in a magnificent 2 hour tour.

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