Points of Interest
- Notre Dame de Lourdes Chapel
Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.
Swoon over the sights and sounds of the South Pacific during this lovely half-day tour along Lifou's beautiful northern end. The excursion begins with a relaxing drive through Easo Village, a seaside settlement with breathtaking panoramic views of jewel-toned Santal Bay. Here, high up on the plunging cliffs, rests Notre Dame de Lourdes, a historic chapel constructed in 1898 by Catholic missionaries. Notice the iron statue of "Our Lady of Lourdes" standing tall on the chapel's roof. After she was blown into the sea many years ago by a hurricane, a group of sport divers discovered her and launched a rescue mission to restore her to her perch.
Continuing across the narrow neck of the island, kick back while traversing roads lined with thick, leafy trees and shady palms swaying to the breeze. Listen as the guide, a friendly local, enthusiastically shares tidbits about the area. Wind your way through Xepenehe, a coastal village with vibrant blue-green water, hand-carved totems and a charming white bridge arching between jagged rocks. Here and in the settlement of Komo, another enchanting village, take in the traditional houses and their cheerful gardens basking in the sun.
Next, travel to the delightful village of Hnathalo where you'll be welcomed with a cool, invigorating drink of fresh coconut. While meandering through the village with your guide, develop a sense of what it's like to live in this serene Melanesian settlement. Soak up the villagers' traditional homes and colorful flowerbeds, which thrive thanks to the island's temperate conditions. In a garden behind the chief's house, marvel at the Grand Case, the largest chief's hut in all of New Caledonia, with its enormous thatched roof and open fireplace. Out of respect for local customs, be sure to remove hats and shoes before crossing the threshold. Explore St. Pierre Baptist Church, a rustic chapel built by missionaries in 1883. Relish time to wander through the village on your own and browse for souvenirs and crafts made by locals.
On the journey back to port, relive your favorite moments from the day while taking in the vibrant greens and blues, from sea to sky, through the open windows of your motorcoach.
Special Notes:Please respect island customs and dress conservatively: swimwear or revealing clothing is not permitted at Hnathalo Village. It is important to ask permission before taking an individual's photograph.
Hats and shoes must be removed before entering the Grand Case.
Motorcoaches are neither air-conditioned nor equipped with microphones. Local escorts and students will act as guides. What they may lack in professional skills is made up by their local knowledge, friendliness, and enthusiasm.
Restroom facilities may be rustic.
Child Price:12 years & under only
Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.