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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Lifou


A: Chilling at Jinek Bay

di Gregory Panayotou, 10 metri di distanza

Chilling at Jinek Bay

B: Lifou Snorkeling

di Richard Chesher, 30 metri di distanza

There are many interesting places to go snorkeling on Lifou but Baie de Jenik is certainly one of the...

Lifou Snorkeling

C: Lifou Island Tour Chapelle d'Easo New Caledonia

di Richard Chesher, 290 metri di distanza

On the northwest corner of the island of Lifou, just past Xepenehe, "Notre Dame de Lourdes" stands on...

Lifou Island Tour Chapelle d'Easo New Caledonia

D: Athepe caverne

di Philippe Brunet, 5.8 km di distanza

Au bout d'1 km la grotte ressort en pleine jungle. Un trou dans la voute supporte un arbre tombé. Au ...

Athepe caverne

E: concretion de Athépé

di Philippe Brunet, 6.0 km di distanza

la grotte d'Athépé est l'une des plus grandes de Lifou avec 7 km explorés. Elle possede desgaleries d...

concretion de Athépé

F: athepe salle d'entrée

di Philippe Brunet, 6.2 km di distanza

la salle d'entrée de la grotte d'athepé fait 15 m de haut pour une 30 aine de metre de diametre. Elle...

athepe salle d'entrée

G: Chez Fenepaza - Eating Lobsters

di Gregory Panayotou, 6.9 km di distanza

Chez Fenepaza - Eating Lobsters

H: athepe 3

di Philippe Brunet, 7.0 km di distanza

Les effondrements permettent de mélanger les jeux de la lumière, la luxuriance de la jungle et la  be...

athepe 3

I: Lifou New Caledonia Jokin

di Richard Chesher, 10.1 km di distanza

The cliffs of Jokin drop straight down into a clear blue sea studded with coral reefs. This image was...

Lifou New Caledonia Jokin

J: Jokin Cliff

di Gregory Panayotou, 10.2 km di distanza

Jokin Cliff

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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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