Silversea Luxury Cruises To LIFOU

LIFOU

With shimmering seas, sugar-white sand and palm tree-fringed beaches, this jewel of the Loyalty Islands keeps visitors coming back time and time again. The largest land of the archipelago, Lifou is formed from a bed of fossilised corals and is the world's biggest raised coral atoll. Arrive on these enchanted shores to indulge in blissful beaches, gentle wanders below swaying palm trees, and endless bountiful diving opportunities. View more

Swim among dense congregations of vivid fish, flitting through the clear waters, as you spot angelfish, clownfish and the countless other varieties that occupy this rich ring of coral. Boasting some of the world’s best diving, beginners and experts alike will be at home amid the packed, life-filled seas. Enjoy the endless visibility of glass-like waters, as you swim beside sleek sea turtles and rays, over colourful coral beds that dazzle with their intensity. Breathlessly beautiful sweeps of the finest white sand roll along the coastline. Peng beach and Luengoni Beach are some of the finest, and their privileged sands are met by electric blue waters, and backed by luscious vegetation. The island's interior lagoon has been replaced with a dense cloak of forest, and you can explore the hidden cave systems that spread like honeycomb. Lifou is dotted with tribal villages, pretty churches and thatched beach huts - so learn a little more about the islanders' culture, and buy handcrafted jewellery to remember your visit. Cool off and recover some strength with a coconut - freshly hacked open, to give you access to the sweet, refreshing liquid within.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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SYDNEY To SYDNEY
  • Departure
    Feb 18 2020
  • Duration
    14 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Muse
From US$ 7,200
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PAPEETE (Tahiti) To SYDNEY
  • Departure
    Mar 01 2020
  • Duration
    18 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Whisper
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Excursions in LIFOU

A Melanesian Encounter

Explore the local history, sights and lifestyles of a Melanesian village during this scenic and informative, sightseeing excursion.


Lifou, Easo, Wetr County, Hnathalo Village and Church, Paramount Chief's Hut

Depart the pier for the short drive to the village of Hnathalo, located in Wetr County. En route, pass through the small settlement of Easo in Santal Bay, then along roads fringed by tropical trees, palms and traditional houses with magnificent flowering gardens. Hnathalo Village is dominated by both its imposing Paramount Chief's Hut, one of the largest of its kind in New Caledonia, and nearby Hnathalo Church, built in 1883 by French Catholic missionaries. Upon arrival at Hnathalo Village, you are greeted with a welcome drink of fresh coconut, followed by guided tours of the church and circular, thatched Chief's Hut.


Free Time, Photography, Bougna-Cooking, Shopping

Next, some free time is made available to explore the village, observe the local lifestyle, learn how to prepare a traditional dish, 'bougna', and photograph the lovely flora, distinctive architecture and island panorama. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the coach and commence the short drive to the pier. Upon arrival, locally-made handicrafts and souvenirs can be purchased at the tour dispatch location before returning to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven, bumpy and natural surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking in Hnathhalo Village is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Please respect the local sensitivities, and dress appropriately. Swimwear, revealing clothing, etc. is prohibited. As a courtesy, please ask for permission before taking photographs of Melanesian people. Guests must remove their shoes and hats before entering the Chief's Hut. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, biodegradable sunscreen and bottled water from the ship. Proper attire is required to enter the church; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Coaches, guides, equipment, and services are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. The air-cooled coaches and vans are not fitted with microphones; however, your guide provides narration. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Cliffs of Jokin

Discover the exquisite views and flavours of New Caledonia during this panoramic sightseeing excursion.


Lifou, Easo, North Coast, Tropical Flora, Homes and Gardens, Vanilla Plantation Tour, Coffee

Depart the pier for the scenic drive across the island, from the tiny settlement of Easo in Santal Bay to the rugged north coast. En route, pass by colourful tropical trees, palms and traditional houses with magnificent flowering gardens. Your first stop is at the Vanilla Plantation. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll around the plantation, and view and photograph the multitude of vines that produce the aromatic vanilla pods. Following your tour, relax with a cup of vanilla-enhanced coffee served at the Vanilla Plantation. Leaving the Vanilla Plantation, re-board your coach and continue on to Cliffs of Jokin.


Cliffs of Jokin, Village and Viewpoint, Panoramic Cliffs, Tropical Reefs, and Seascapes

Upon arrival, some free time is made available to stroll about the small village of Jokin, and beyond it to the viewpoint. Here, take in spectacular panoramic vistas and photo opportunities of its cliffs, which are largely comprised of layer-upon-layer of ancient, compressed coral stone, and the tropical reefs and seascapes beyond. Although the water at the base of the cliffs looks tempting, please be advised that there are over 200 steps to the bottom and heavy sea swells make this a dangerous place to swim. During your visit, cool off with a thirst-quenching, island-style, fresh coconut drink. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the coach and commence the short drive to the pier. Upon arrival, locally-made handicrafts and souvenirs can be purchased at the tour dispatch location before returning to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven, bumpy and natural surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking at the Cliffs of Jokin is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Please respect the local sensitivities, and dress appropriately. Swimwear, revealing clothing, etc. is prohibited. As a courtesy, please ask for permission before taking photographs of Melanesian people. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, sturdy and closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, biodegradable sunscreen and bottled water from the ship. Coaches, guides, equipment, and services are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. The air-cooled coaches and vans are not fitted with microphones; however, your guide provides narration. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Forest Walk & Secret Grotto

Discover the diverse natural wonders of Melanesia during this picturesque sightseeing excursion to a grotto and forest.


Lifou, Easo, Local Forest, Guided Tour, Native Flora and Medicinal Uses

Depart the pier for the short drive to a local forest. En route, pass through the small settlement of Easo in Santal Bay, then along roads fringed by tropical trees, palms and traditional houses with magnificent flowering gardens. Upon arrival at the forest, take a guided walking tour to explore the native flora. Along the way, your guide points out the different plant species and explains their medicinal uses to the Melanesian locals. Following your tour, re-board your coach and head to the Grottos.


Grotto Visit, Stalagmites, Stalactites, Wild Pig- and Coconut Crab-Hunting, Refreshments

Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour inside the grottos by torch light. Along the way, view all of the different formations of stalagmites and stalactites. Outside the Grottos, learn about, observe and photograph the traditional methods of hunting wild pigs, and the art of hunting coconut crabs. Leaving the Grottos, proceed to a shaded resting-area for refreshments of delicious, fresh fruit and lemonade. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the coach and commence the short drive to the pier. Upon arrival, locally-made handicrafts and souvenirs can be purchased at the tour dispatch location before returning to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven, bumpy, natural and slippery surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Please respect the local sensitivities, and dress appropriately. Swimwear, revealing clothing, etc. is prohibited. As a courtesy, please ask for permission before taking photographs of Melanesian people. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, sturdy and closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, biodegradable sunscreen and bottled water from the ship. Coaches, guides, equipment, and services are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. The air-cooled coaches and vans are not fitted with microphones; however, your guide provides narration. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Luecila Beach & Scenic Drive

Immerse yourself in the lush, tropical interior and inviting coastal beaches of New Caledonia during this relaxing, sightseeing excursion.


Lifou, Santal Bay, Scenic Drive, Tropical Flora, Homes and Gardens, We

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 35-minute drive across the island, from Santal Bay to Luecila Beach, located approximately midway on Lifou's east coast. En route, pass by colourful tropical trees, palms and traditional houses with magnificent flowering gardens, and through We (pronounced 'whey'), the administrative seat of the island. Along the way, your guide points out landmarks and answers any questions that you may have.


Luecila Beach, Coconut Drink, White-Sand Beach, Lagoon, Palms and Shade Trees

Upon arrival at Luecila Beach, enjoy a fresh coconut drink, then prepare yourself for a beach that is not fringed by resorts, shops, bars and vendor's stalls. Instead, Luecila Beach is a pristine, postcard-perfect curve of white sand that fringes a fine swimming lagoon, and is framed by palms and shade trees.


Relaxing, Sunbathing, Beachcombing, Swimming, Seascapes, Souvenirs

During your visit, you can soak up the tropical sun, relax in the shade of a tree, take a leisurely stroll on the white-sand beach, swim in the inviting, crystal-clear lagoon, and photograph the wonderful seascapes. At the conclusion of your tour, re-board the coach and commence the short drive to the pier. Upon arrival, locally-made handicrafts and souvenirs can be purchased at the tour dispatch location before returning to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven, natural and sandy surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking at Luecila Beach is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Please respect the local sensitivities, and dress appropriately. Swimwear, revealing clothing, etc. is prohibited away from the beach. As a courtesy, please ask for permission before taking photographs of Melanesian people. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, biodegradable sunscreen, bottled water and a towel from the ship. Coaches, guides, equipment, and services are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. The air-cooled coaches and vans are not fitted with microphones; however, your guide provides narration. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Vanilla House & Oni Wael Animals

Discover the local flora, wildlife and flavours of Lifou during this immersive sightseeing excursion.


Lifou, Easo, Hnathalo, Tropical Flora, Homes and Gardens, Oni Wael Animals, Local Wildlife

Depart the pier for the scenic drive across the narrow neck of Lifou to Hnathalo Village, passing through the settlements of Xépénéhé and Kumo. Your route is lined with colourful tropical trees, palms and traditional houses with magnificent flowering gardens. A stop is made in the forest at Oni Wael Animals. Upon arrival, view an assortment of local wildlife that includes coconut crabs, bats, wild pigs, birds, and more.


Vanilla House and Plantation Tour, Vanilla Processing and Production

Next, re-board your coach and head to the Vanilla House and plantation. Upon arrival, your visit begins with a guided tour of the Vanilla House. Here at the Vanilla House, a factory where the local planters sell their vanilla pods to be sorted out, observe the process by which vanilla pods are dipped in boiling water, then dried and packaged for sale.


Vanilla Pod Vines, Vanilla Cake, Fruit Juices, Vanilla-Infused Products for Sale

Next, take a guided walking tour of the plantation. Along the way, learn about the history, cultivation and preparation of the Loyalty Islands' vanilla pod, and view and photograph the multitude of vines that produce these aromatic vanilla pods. Following your tour, sample a slice of vanilla cake accompanied by local and fresh juices, then browse the vanilla powder, liqueur, soap and other vanilla-infused items available for sale. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the coach and commence the short drive to the pier. Upon arrival, locally-made handicrafts and souvenirs can be purchased at the tour dispatch location before returning to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over uneven, bumpy and natural surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Please respect the local sensitivities, and dress appropriately. Swimwear, revealing clothing, etc. is prohibited. As a courtesy, please ask for permission before taking photographs of Melanesian people. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, sturdy and closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, biodegradable sunscreen and bottled water from the ship. Coaches, guides, equipment, and services are the best-available in the area, but may not be up to the standards of those found on other excursions. The air-cooled coaches and vans are not fitted with microphones; however, your guide provides narration. The tour sequence may vary.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.