Lifou Island (Drehu in local language) is the biggest, most populous and major island of Loyalty Islands, in the archipelago of New Caledonia, overseas territory of France in the Pacific. With a total area of 1,207 sq.kilometers Lifou lies east of Australia. Islands population was 10,151 in 2004.
First discovered in 1857 by the Frenchman Dumont d’Urville, Lifou Island was soon visited by traders and whalers, and became a destination for Catholic and Protestant Missionaries out to save local populations' souls. The islands were annexed by France in 1864 who in turn established it as Aboriginal Reserve as it was not considered suitable for extensive colonialization. Lifou is part of the municipality (commune) of Lifou, in Loyalty Islands Province (New Caledonia). The municipality's administrative center is located at Wé, on the east side of the island at Chateaubriand Bay. Lifou's local currency is the French Pacific Franc (CFP Franc).
Tourism is the major industry on Lifou Island. Chief exports include rubber, copra, sugarcane and vanilla. The term "Kanak" is used for island's natives; their native language is Drehu, with people descending from Polynesians and Melanesians. A total of nineteen different tribes inhabit the trio of Loyalty Islands, with six of them living on Lifou.
Highlights: Loyalty Islands, Easo village, Jinek Bay, snorkelling
Lifou Island cruise terminal
Most cruise ships to Lifou Island (aka Drehu) dock (anchor) at We - port town on the eastern coast.
Port Lifou Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Lifou Island, New Caledonia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|17 April, 2018|
|ms Noordam||08:00||17:00||Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu|
|18 April, 2018|
|Explorer Of The Seas||10:00||18:00||Noumea, Grande Terre island, New Caledonia|
|23 April, 2018|
|Pacific Explorer||07:00||15:00||Sydney, NSW Australia|
|26 April, 2018|
|Explorer Of The Seas||08:00||17:00||Mystery Island, Aneityum, Vanuatu|
|29 April, 2018|
|Pacific Jewel||08:00||17:00||Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu|
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