Lifou Island is located in the center of the Loyalty Islands archipelago. The island is the largest and most populated of this New Caledonian archipelago. The most important inhabited center of the island is the town of Wé which overlooks the splendid bay of Châteaubriand, in the center of the island. The sight of this bay with its kilometer-long white sand beach is already a sight worthy of the trip. But the island of Lifou holds many other scenic beauties.
It is worthwhile to rent a car and go around the island in search of its treasures. To the east of the town of Wé, the road runs along the coast for a long stretch. Only after passing the small village of Luengoni, do you enter the interior for a short distance. But before reaching this point, stop and relax on the spectacular Luengoni beach. A beach about a kilometer and a half long made up of white coral sand.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACH OF THE ISLAND
In front of the beach there are two characteristic rocky islets. If you swim near the islets it is not uncommon to see sea turtles. After resting along this magnificent beach, you can try to visit the submarine cave of Luengoni: a cave 30 meters deep.
If you love trekking and you are a sportsman, you can ask a local guide to accompany you along a 5 km route that takes 3 or 4 hours. The trek crosses the interior of the island until it reaches beautiful sinkholes hidden behind lush vegetation. For this demanding trek it is worthwhile to calculate the times well because it is recommended to reach the dolines when the sun is at its zenith. In fact, when the sun is high you have the best possible light on these beautiful emerald pools of water.
After Luengoni the road leaves the coast of Lifou for a short stretch, which then reappears in all its magnificence. Continue along Wadra Bay where you will find a series of truly breathtaking beaches and bays. The road ends at the cliffs of Xodre.
Photos: Nouvelle-Calédonie Tourisme: © Buenos Viajes NCTPS; © P. Dancel NCTPS.
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