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New Caledonia. Lifou Island. P.1

xorolik • 4 minutes read • June 15th, 2016

Lifou Island 

was the second stop of our cruise.
The stop lasted from 8 am to 5 pm. The cruise ship remained in the harbor not far from Baie de Sandal located on the west of the island. It got its name from a big amount of sandalwood that used to be there before. Tourists are transported to the shore by tenders which run back and forth constantly throughout the day.
We are sailing to the island.


is the largest island of the Loyalty group in the Pacific Ocean. It is a part of New Caledonia.
Previously, Lifou was a coral atoll that was a part of the submerged volcano. The surface of the island has risen to the current level near 2 million years ago.
The island has an irregular shape. The length of 


is about 50 miles (81 km), and its width varies from 10 to 15 miles (16 to 24 km). The island is flat, there are no hills and rivers.
The main settlement of the island is the village of We, the administrative and commercial center of the province of Lifou. 10 thousand people live in three tribal districts: Wetr, Losi, and Gaica. Drehu is the native language of local residents.
There is no taxi there, it is impossible to rent a car, but there are local people with their own cars who offer chauffeur services. They have 2 types of tours: a beach tour for 1 or 2 hours. We took a taxi for 3 hours for AUD 100 (in  2014) to travel around the island and to see the sights, and to have the opportunity to swim at the beautiful beach. Moreover, all money is collected by the woman who decides which car goes first according to the line. She also gives the driver information about the route because drivers speak in their local language and a little in French.
Among the attractions, there are several churches, a chapel, caves where you can get only with a guide, traditional round huts which are still home to some of the Kanak people. And the most important things on the island are its snow-white beaches and reefs!
The weather changed constantly, one moment it's sunny, then there's a pouring rain. But we managed to look at everything, to swim, and to sunbathe.
Let's start our tour!
The road is good enough.
We were traveling on this car.
To be continued.
Author: Xorolik
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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