Visit the Island of Lifou in 3 days
Lifou, or Drehu in the local language (pronounced djéou), is the largest and most populated of the Loyalty Islands with its 1150 square kilometres. Discover our 3-day itinerary made especially for you and admire its most beautiful landscapes. Don't miss visiting its three districts, which themselves include 37 tribes: Wet in the north of the island, Gaitcha and Lossi in the south.
Day 1: discover the local flavors
Dive into the heart of the atmosphere of the Wé market
After you arrive from Grande Terre at Lifou Airport, head to Wé, the island's capital. There are many tourist accommodations, including the Drehu Village Hotel. They have a small market in the heart of the town on Wednesday and Fridays where you can enjoy the atmosphere, giving you a first glimpse of the charms of island life. Here, the French language alternates with the Drehu, a traditional language with a melodic sound when spoken and is used strongly among the locals.
A gustatory break
Every lunchtime, the Fetra Sun restaurant, near the center of Wé, offers delicious dishes prepared with local produce. They vary from venison or wild pig, fresh fish or shellfish, there is something for everyone.
Day 2: in the bowels of the island
Farniente on the bay of Santal
In the heart of Santal Bay, on the west coast of Lifou, Easo Beach awaits you to take a dip or stroll along the sand. You may encounter the opportunity to come across some turtles, which they sometimes swim near the beach.
Excursions for all levels
From Easo beach, there is a path that will lead you to a small chapel, Our Lady of Lourdes. In this chapel, you not only get a superb view of Santal Bay, but also its neighbor island, located further north, Jinek Bay. For the more adventurous, headnorth of the island to discover the Devil's Cave, in the Tingeting tribe near Kumo.
Visit to the Jokin Cliffs
A colourful excursion awaits you at the Jokin tribe. Don't miss the incredible view of the lagoon from these cliffs. Take advantage of the location to go diving and explore the seabed and observe a multitude of colourful fish.
Day 3: excursion to the south of Lifou
Towards the Jewels of the Pacific
For those who want to explore the south of the island, it is possible, upon reservation, to visit the Jewels of Luengöni, a cave with a water hole. Luengöni also has a beautiful beach, probably the most beautiful beach on the island.
The Vanilla Plantation of Lifou
You cannot come to Lifou and not visit the Vanilla Plantation. The island is most famous for its fruit - vanilla. Vanilla plantations are undoubtedly part of Lifou's cultural heritage, just like its turquoise blue beaches. In recent years, its reputation has spread far beyond the borders of Lifou thanks to a booming production.
Visit the most beautiful beaches in Lifou
Before leaving the island, ensure you make some time to escape to the white sandy beaches of Lifou Island. Go snorkeling at Peng beach and discover a colourful world underwater while facing some amazing fish species. Then head to Chateaubriand beach to relax on the immaculate sand and enjoy a moment of relaxation in front of the turquoise sea.
Finally, finish with a trip to Kiki Beach, accessible after a 30-minute walk through the forest. One of the least crowded beaches on the island, so it's a good bet that you'll be alone in the world when you’re there. Give this experience a go!