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la grotte de Natresij est sur la tribu de luecila dans le Wetr, elle done accès a la lentille d'eau douce. Explorée en première par Sylvain Pujolle.

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A: grotte

by Philippe Brunet, 1.2 km away

grotte

B: Lifou New Caledonia Chateaubriand Beach

by Richard Chesher, 1.7 km away

Lifou is the largest of the four Loyalty Islands. It is much larger than the island of Tahiti with al...

Lifou New Caledonia Chateaubriand Beach

C: Chateaubriand Bay

by Gregory Panayotou, 2.4 km away

Chateaubriand Bay

D: Lifou Hotel Drehu Village New Caledonia

by Richard Chesher, 2.4 km away

Drehu Village Hotel is the most modern hotel on Lifou Island in the Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia....

Lifou Hotel Drehu Village New Caledonia

E: Drehu Village Hotel Lifou New Caledonia Beach

by Richard Chesher, 2.4 km away

Drehu Village Hotel is on Chateaubriand Beach. Step out of your bungalow and you are on the beach. Th...

Drehu Village Hotel Lifou New Caledonia Beach

F: Lifou New Caledonia Chateaubriand Beach kitesurfing

by Richard Chesher, 2.7 km away

The broad and shallow Baie de Chateaubriand is on the windward side of Lifou in the Loyalty Islands. ...

Lifou New Caledonia Chateaubriand Beach kitesurfing

G: Lifou Catholic Church Interior We New Caledonia

by Richard Chesher, 2.8 km away

The interior of the Catholic church in We was surprisingly cool and softly lit, perfect for a moment ...

Lifou Catholic Church Interior We New Caledonia

H: Lifou Catholic Church We New Caledonia

by Richard Chesher, 2.8 km away

The Catholic church in We was built in 1897 and has recently been renovated. The majority of people o...

Lifou Catholic Church We New Caledonia

I: Natresij

by Philippe Brunet, 3.2 km away

la salle des guerriers de Natresij,  grotte de Lifou, Nouvelle calédonie, explorée par Philippe brune...

Natresij

J: porche Natresij

by Philippe Brunet, 3.2 km away

La grotte de Natresij est sur la tribu de Luecila, elle donne accès à la lentille d'eau douce. Elle p...

porche Natresij

This panorama was taken in Lifou

This is an overview of Lifou

Lifou Island is the largest of the Loyalty Islands, in the archipelago of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean.

The Loyalty Islands comprise the Province Iles Loyaute of New Caledonia. There are 4 major islands, Ouvea in the north, Lifou in the middle and Mare in the south. 40,000 people live on these islands, with over half on the largest island of Lifou.

All three islands began as atolls - a circular ring of islands with a central lagoon. About a million years ago the sea floor bulged under these atolls upwards. Ouvea, on the northern slope of the bulge, still retains the characteristics of an atoll, a circular group of islands with a central lagoon, but it is tilted, with the southeastern side raised up into two long islands and the lagoon getting progressively deeper to the northwest.

The coral reefs and islets of Lifou were lifted about 80 meters out of the sea with the central lagoon now a forested plateau. Mare was also lifted right out of the water and also has a central forested plateau. The ancient, uplifted coral has left a multitude of caves, cliffs and sink-holes that are fun to explore. The coastal areas have new reefs around them and there are a number of very pretty beaches.

The people of the Loyalty Islands speak French and their own tribal languages, a mixture of Melanesian and Polynesian. Many also speak some English. The physical infrastructure of roads, schools and medical facilities are modern and high quality. The people of the Loyalty Islands honour their cultural heritage and this is especially evident in the construction of their homes, their respect of custom, celebrations and family life.

Each island has at least one international standard hotel and the villages offer "tribal stays" with guests staying in traditional styled thatched huts or small guest houses. The islands are only about a 40 minute flight from Noumea and Air Caledonie, the domestic airline, flies to each island several times a day. There is also a high speed catamaran from Noumea, the Betico II, with air conditioned guest rooms for the trip (about 3 hours to Mare, 4 hours to Lifou and 5 hours to Ouvea). Each island has it's own special personality and things to see and do. For full details on the tourism features of the Loyalty Islands visit the official web site www.iles-loyaute.com

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