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Lifou
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Lifou

Lifou is an island located in New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the southwest Pacific Ocean. It is the largest of the Loyalty Islands and is home to nearly 10,000 people. Lifou is known for its stunning white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, making it an ideal destination for scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing.

Lifou is situated approximately 160 kilometers (100 miles) east of the main island of New Caledonia. It is approximately 17 kilometers (11 miles) long and 8 kilometers (5 miles) wide. The island has three distinct parts: the north, middle, and south. The north is mostly covered in lush greenery, while the middle is mostly limestone cliffs and the south is mostly white sand beaches.

Lifou has a long and fascinating history. It was first inhabited by the Melanesian Kanak people, who lived in the area for centuries. In 1853, the island was annexed by France, and it has been part of New Caledonia ever since. During World War II, Lifou was used as a base for American forces, and many of the original buildings and structures from this time still stand today.

Today, Lifou is a popular tourist destination in New Caledonia. Visitors can explore the island’s stunning natural beauty, take part in various water sports, and visit the many historical sites. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy, as well as a variety of accommodation options. Lifou is a great place to relax and explore the unique culture and history of New Caledonia.

Excursion tips for a day in Lifou

As a tourist in Lifou, New Caledonia, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in this beautiful island paradise. Here is a list of possible activities to explore on a day trip to Lifou:

1. Visit the Jokin Cliffs, a spectacular coastal landscape with breathtaking views.
2. Take a boat tour around the island and explore the many coves and bays.
3. Go snorkeling or scuba diving to explore the vibrant coral reefs and marine life.
4. Explore the traditional Kanak villages, learn about their culture and customs.
5. Visit the various beaches and enjoy a relaxing day in the sun.
6. Take a guided hike through the lush forests and admire the stunning views.
7. Visit the Souvenir Market and pick up some local handicrafts and souvenirs.
8. Enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants in the area.
9. Relax and unwind at one of the many spas in the area.
10. Go on a guided tour of the island and learn about its history and culture.

Experience Lifou with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Lifou. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Lifou

Lifou in New Caledonia experiences a tropical climate with warm temperatures throughout the year. The wet season runs from November to April, with an average temperature of 29°C and high humidity. The dry season from May to October sees temperatures ranging from 25°C to 28°C and low humidity. In the winter months from June to August, the temperature drops to an average of 22°C and the humidity is low. During the summer months from December to February, temperatures reach an average of 30°C and humidity is high.

Cruise weather for Lifou

Our weather forecast for Lifou helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 14th 2024 Jul. 14th 2024 max: 25.7 °C
min: 21.2 °C
13.7 m/s
21.2 m/s
27.7 %
20.9 m
87.1 %
1,010 hPa
06:28:16
17:25:52
Jul. 15th 2024 Jul. 15th 2024 max: 26.1 °C
min: 21.2 °C
10.1 m/s
18.4 m/s
39.1 %
23.4 m
89.3 %
1,010 hPa
06:28:06
17:26:15
Jul. 16th 2024 Jul. 16th 2024 max: 25.2 °C
min: 20.4 °C
10.1 m/s
18.0 m/s
64.9 %
24.0 m
85.3 %
1,011 hPa
06:27:54
17:26:38
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 21.1 °C
min: 18.6 °C
14.4 m/s
27.0 m/s
97.0 %
21.4 m
90.8 %
1,014 hPa
06:27:42
17:27:01
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 20.0 °C
min: 18.6 °C
15.5 m/s
28.8 m/s
100.0 %
11.1 m
95.8 %
1,013 hPa
06:27:28
17:27:24
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 21.9 °C
min: 17.1 °C
16.6 m/s
25.9 m/s
31.6 %
21.4 m
77.7 %
1,014 hPa
06:27:13
17:27:47
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 21.4 °C
min: 16.6 °C
18.0 m/s
22.7 m/s
0.5 %
24.1 m
68.8 %
1,016 hPa
06:26:58
17:28:10
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 22.4 °C
min: 16.3 °C
13.7 m/s
20.0 m/s
38.7 %
24.1 m
70.2 %
1,016 hPa
06:26:41
17:28:34
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 23.2 °C
min: 18.3 °C
9.0 m/s
12.2 m/s
57.6 %
24.1 m
73.2 %
1,015 hPa
06:26:23
17:28:57
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 22.2 °C
min: 17.9 °C
19.8 m/s
29.2 m/s
30.7 %
24.1 m
73.4 %
1,016 hPa
06:26:03
17:29:20
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 21.9 °C
min: 17.2 °C
19.4 m/s
24.5 m/s
50.2 %
24.1 m
67.3 %
1,016 hPa
06:25:43
17:29:43
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 22.3 °C
min: 19 °C
19.4 m/s
40.7 m/s
95.4 %
24.1 m
83.3 %
1,012 hPa
06:25:22
17:30:06
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 24.6 °C
min: 18.4 °C
24.5 m/s
48.6 m/s
59.4 %
19.5 m
81.0 %
1,007 hPa
06:24:59
17:30:29

Cruises to Lifou

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Scheduled ship calls in Lifou, New Caledonia
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Sep. 23rd 2024 Monday, 23rd of Sep. 2024 Carnival Splendor 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Oct. 11th 2024 Friday, 11th of Oct. 2024 Queen Elizabeth 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Oct. 17th 2024 Thursday, 17th of Oct. 2024 Carnival Splendor 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Oct. 27th 2024 Sunday, 27th of Oct. 2024 Carnival Splendor 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Nov. 1st 2024 Friday, 1st of Nov. 2024 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 13th 2024 Wednesday, 13th of Nov. 2024 MS Westerdam 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Dec. 7th 2024 Saturday, 7th of Dec. 2024 Crown Princess 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Dec. 15th 2024 Sunday, 15th of Dec. 2024 Norwegian Sun 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Dec. 23rd 2024 Monday, 23rd of Dec. 2024 Carnival Splendor 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Dec. 27th 2024 Friday, 27th of Dec. 2024 Queen Elizabeth 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Dec. 31st 2024 Tuesday, 31st of Dec. 2024 Silver Nova 08:00 am 02:00 pm
Jan. 2nd 2025 Thursday, 2nd of Jan. 2025 Carnival Luminosa 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 3rd 2025 Friday, 3rd of Jan. 2025 Carnival Splendor 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 12th 2025 Sunday, 12th of Jan. 2025 Celebrity Edge 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jan. 15th 2025 Wednesday, 15th of Jan. 2025 Carnival Luminosa 09:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 17th 2025 Friday, 17th of Jan. 2025 Carnival Splendor 07:00 am 03:00 pm
Jan. 25th 2025 Saturday, 25th of Jan. 2025 Queen Elizabeth 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jan. 29th 2025 Wednesday, 29th of Jan. 2025 Carnival Luminosa 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Feb. 8th 2025 Saturday, 8th of Feb. 2025 LE JACQUES CARTIER 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 12th 2025 Wednesday, 12th of Feb. 2025 Carnival Luminosa 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Mar. 9th 2025 Sunday, 9th of Mar. 2025 Carnival Splendor 09:00 am 05:00 pm
Mar. 16th 2025 Sunday, 16th of Mar. 2025 LE SOLEAL 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 20th 2025 Thursday, 20th of Mar. 2025 MS Nautica 07:00 am 04:00 pm
Mar. 26th 2025 Wednesday, 26th of Mar. 2025 Carnival Luminosa 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Apr. 3rd 2025 Thursday, 3rd of Apr. 2025 MS Westerdam 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Apr. 12th 2025 Saturday, 12th of Apr. 2025 Celebrity Solstice 10:00 am 08:00 pm
Apr. 13th 2025 Sunday, 13th of Apr. 2025 Carnival Splendor 09:00 am 05:00 pm
Apr. 30th 2025 Wednesday, 30th of Apr. 2025 Carnival Splendor 09:00 am 05:00 pm
Apr. 30th 2025 Wednesday, 30th of Apr. 2025 Norwegian Sun 07:00 am 05:00 pm
May 22nd 2025 Thursday, 22nd of May 2025 Carnival Splendor 09:00 am 05:00 pm
Jun. 13th 2025 Friday, 13th of Jun. 2025 Carnival Splendor 09:00 am 05:00 pm
Jul. 11th 2025 Friday, 11th of Jul. 2025 Carnival Splendor 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Aug. 14th 2025 Thursday, 14th of Aug. 2025 Norwegian Sun 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Aug. 18th 2025 Monday, 18th of Aug. 2025 Carnival Splendor 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Aug. 27th 2025 Wednesday, 27th of Aug. 2025 Norwegian Sun 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Aug. 31st 2025 Sunday, 31st of Aug. 2025 Carnival Splendor 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Oct. 1st 2025 Wednesday, 1st of Oct. 2025 Carnival Splendor 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Oct. 16th 2025 Thursday, 16th of Oct. 2025 Carnival Splendor 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Nov. 2nd 2025 Sunday, 2nd of Nov. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 12th 2025 Wednesday, 12th of Nov. 2025 Carnival Splendor 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Nov. 19th 2025 Wednesday, 19th of Nov. 2025 Carnival Luminosa 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Nov. 24th 2025 Monday, 24th of Nov. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 21st 2025 Sunday, 21st of Dec. 2025 Carnival Luminosa 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Dec. 22nd 2025 Monday, 22nd of Dec. 2025 Carnival Splendor 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 3rd 2026 Saturday, 3rd of Jan. 2026 Carnival Splendor 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 14th 2026 Wednesday, 14th of Jan. 2026 Carnival Luminosa 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 18th 2026 Sunday, 18th of Jan. 2026 Costa Deliziosa 10:00 am 08:00 pm DetailsPartnerlink
Jan. 20th 2026 Tuesday, 20th of Jan. 2026 Carnival Splendor 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 26th 2026 Monday, 26th of Jan. 2026 Grand Princess 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 27th 2026 Tuesday, 27th of Jan. 2026 MS Zaandam 08:00 am 05:00 pm

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