The third and final port stop on our December 2016 South Pacific Cruise was Lifou, New Caledonia. I’ve shared about our first stop at Efate, Vanuatu (Port Vila) and second at Mystery Island, Vanuatu. Now a little bit of information about Lifou, New Caledonia and some photo’s for today’s Lovin’ Life linkers.
Lifou is a commune of France in the Loyalty Islands Province of New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean. It’s the largest of the four Loyalty Islands in New Caledonia and is also the capital. It’s a popular port for cruises! We arrived by tender boat to the island and set off walking.
Oh boy was it hot! We were chatting to a couple from the Gold Coast as we walked. We came to this cute little Catholic church. It was built in 1898 (from memory)!
Just beyond the church was where some guides waited to take those interested to some hidden caves. Both the guys decided to take the tour. It required going into tight spaces and darkness and jumping into a black hole to the water. I decided not to do it because of my little claustrophobia problem. It was lots of fun apparently and not expensive – about $10 and you are taken by some local guides.
After the cave walk was over we walked back a little way and then parted ways with the other couple. We went on to Baie de Jinek for some snorkelling. You need to pay $15 to snorkel here – the money contributes towards the preservation of the reef. There are also signs asking you NOT to wear sunscreen, as it is apparently bad for the coral. So … short snorkelling stints are required if you’re not wearing sunscreen as the sun is very strong. It’s worth it though – just look at how gorgeous it is there!
When you’re not snorkelling, this is where you hang out. Grab what shade you can find – you will need it! There are locals selling refreshments here too.
Time to move on! Considering the heat, we were very happy (and lucky) to score a ride with a local, in his car, back down to the markets. I bought a few things for the kidults (my adult kids). There were massages and hair braiding on offer but I didn’t partake.
We spent some time at the markets and along the beach and slowly made our way back to the tender boat and back to the ship.
And as I’ve been known to do … here are a couple of video’s to bring the photographs to life! My heart was in my throat watching the little boy backflip into the water!
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