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Lifou, Loyalty Island

Lifou is the capital of the Loyalty Islands, a far-flung archipelago located off the French island New Caledonia, which is east of Australia. Known for its friendly inhabitants and its physical beauty, Lifou is truly an island paradise. The islanders are of mixed Melanesian and Polynesian heritage, with a small European minority. European whalers were the first visitors to the Loyalty Islands and contemporary visitors can still enjoy the islands' timeless beauty.

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Lifou, Loyalty Island

Port of Call

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Take your pick of serene white-sand beaches backed by lush jungle, some of which have coral outcrops rising above the water in a kaleidoscope of colours. Emerald waters, striking cliffs and even some caves – Lifou's gorgeous beaches will soon make you realise that you are truly on the far side of the world.

Sporting Adventures

There are a number of ways to experience the rich marine life of Lifou - get up close and personal on a scuba diving jaunt, try pleasure boating or experience the thrill of the hunt on a deep-sea fishing excursion. Onshore, Lifou's forests offer fascinating nature walks and exhilarating cross-country biking.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Lifou's traditional staples are fish, coconut, banana, taro, sweet potato and yam. With the influence of France, excellent coffee has also become a regular part of Lifou cuisine. Don't forget to try a dish with local favourites lobster, coconut crab and turtle. A good one to sample is bougna, a delicious combination of taro, yam, sweet potato, banana and pieces of chicken, crab or lobster wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in a ground oven.

Local Currency

The local currency is the CFP Franc (French Pacific Franc). The exchange rate is fixed in relation to the Euro. 1,000 FCFP = 8.38 euros. 1 euro = 119.25 FCFP. Changing euros into CFP Francs is free.

Weather in Lifou, Loyalty Island


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 84° 28.89°
Average Low 74° 23.33°
Mean Temperature N/A N/A
Record High N/A N/A
Record Low N/A N/A
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 9.61 in 24.41 cm

Before You Visit

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