Lifou is a commune in the Loyalty Islands Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean.The commune of Lifou is made up of Lifou Island, the largest and most heavily populated of the Loyalty Islands, its smaller neighbour Tiga Island, and several uninhabited islets in between these two. All these islands lie among the Loyalty Islands, 190 km to the northeast of New Caledonia’s mainland.

Not as much English is spoken here compared with the capital Noumea but the locals are friendly and it is a great way to practice communicating in a different language.


Lifou does not have any rivers, but does have a large fresh water reservoir which can be accessed through caves. In the past the caves were used when searching for fresh water, and subsequently now have a great importance in local island mythologies.