Get Inspired / New Caledonia Loyalty Islands Highlights, New Caledonia Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / New Caledonia Loyalty Islands Highlights, New Caledonia story by: Inspire South Pacific There may be no better places that the Loyalty Islands for combining quintessential tropical island activities (or no activity at all!) with encounters with the friendly Kanak locals and their unique culture. The three islands that cater for visitors, Ouvéa, Lifou and Maré, are all distinctly different and each offers special experiences including village stays, fishing trips, the chance to see sculptors and weavers at work. Don’t miss trying bougna, a local dish that can include sweet potato and taro along with lobster, crab or chicken, wrapped in banana leaves and cooked underground. Lifou is the largest island with cliffs sheltering secluded beaches. Maré has mysterious sunken pools in its rugged interior and Ouvéa’s 25-km long beach, superb lagoon and rare parakeets give it special charm. Highlights • LUENGONI BEACH, Lifo u – Enjoy this stretch of fine white sand bordering a stunning turquoise lagoon. This breathtaking spot is what the locals boast as being 'New Caledonia's most beautiful beach' and well worth the visit. The sheltered bay is also a renowned turtle haunt. • CAVES ON MARÉ – Maré's central plain is made up of numerous caves as well as natural swimming pools. One of the more well known is Trou de Bone which is a 40 metre deep limestone cave and is one of Maré's most impressive skinholes. The sheer sides drop to reveal a lush garden and a small waterhole. • MOULI BEACH, OUVÉA – Be sure to discover this amazing paradise – 25 km of unbroken white sand that runs right down the west side of Ouvéa and Mouli Islands. • SNORKELLING – Lifou is home to many sheltered bays teeming with colourful tropical fish. One popular and easy to reach spot is Baie de Jinek, with its clear waters it is a favourite among snorkellers. • TROU BLEU D’ANAWA, OUVÉA – This deep pool is sunk in coral rock and connected to the sea underground. You can see fish and turtles in the water here and you can jump in yourself but beware – the only way out is to pull yourself up on the pools steep sides with the help of a rope. • LE SAUT DU GERIER, MARÉ – Or 'Warriors Leap' is a gap in the cliffs 5 metres wide and 30 metres above the pounding surf. Legend has it that local warrior Here Hnor, when cornered by an enemy, leapt across the abyss to his escape. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Which Pacific Island should I visit? Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Actively Relaxing on a South Pacific Cruise Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.