Lifou, Îles Loyautés

New Cal continues to amaze us. Arriving on the Loyalty Islands is like entering another world. The archipelago is still part of New Caledonia and halfway en route between Isle des Pins and Vanuatu. We couldn’t just sail past these gorgeous islands steeped in Kanak culture with stunning beaches and turquoise water. After an overnight … Continue reading Lifou, Îles Loyautés

Île des Pins

The isle of pines lies about 30 nautical miles to the east of 'la grande terre'. It was discovered by James Cook in 1774 but it's been inhabited for thousands of years, first by Lapita people and then by Melanesians. The tall pines typical for this island, Araucaria cookii, are named after the British navigator. … Continue reading Île des Pins