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Lifou Cliff, Viewpoint

The Jokin Cliffs

Magnificent cliffs overlooking the lagoon and located north of the island in the Jokin tribal village.

At the northerly point of Lifou, Jokin Cliffs, about forty metres high, overlook a remarkably clear sea filled with a mosaic of coral heads, and colours of endless hues from the shore to the open sea, a myriad range of greens and blues. From July to September, the cliffs are an ideal observation post from which to watch for humpback whales. Before continuing their migration to the south of Grande Terre (New Caledonia’s main island), the whales often stop in Jokin where they rub against the coral heads to remove the shells and parasites that have taken up residence on their backs during their long journey. Very close to these same cliffs is the very pretty traditional hut of the sub-chief of Jokin, whose guardians watch over it from each side of its double front door. On the cliff side, a staircase of 196 steps allows you to go down to the lagoon. Here, the seabed is strikingly beautiful, and you will never cease to admire the aquatic ballet of the inhabitants of the lagoon. A fascinating sight. A visit has every chance of ending with a dip in the crystal-clear waters in the company of the children from the tribal village! The caves in the cliff, which face the vantage point, are called in the Drehu language "Lue qene hnafij" or in English "the two nostrils" because of their... shape that resembles a nose, they served as a burial place reserved for the chiefs of the tribe. Still present, their bones are preserved and are nowadays, the essential guardians of this magnificent and magical place. A historic site, this bay, protected from the prevailing winds and trade winds, was also a shelter for fishermen. In early times, the ancients built traditional rafts called Weng, designed with bark and roots of the banyan tree. The Weng was a speciality of the tribe, as at that time, unlike for the other tribes of Lifou, it was the means of navigation best adapted to this beachless site, as a traditional wooden canoe was very difficult to transport. Lire la suite

DESCRIPTION

  • Equipment :
  • Parking nearby

Spoken languages

  • French

OPENING

  • All year round.

CONTACTS

  • Jokin
    98820 Lifou

PRICES

Free access.

See also

Xodre Cliffs
Cliff

Xodre Cliffs

Lifou
Just south of Lifou, the cliffs of Xodre are a wild and mineral place, from where you can see Tiga island and even Maré island in good weather.
Mouli Bridge
Viewpoint

Mouli Bridge

Ouvéa
The bridge of Mouli spans the inlet that separates the main island of Ouvéa from the island of Mouli, and where a photo break is essential!
Northern Pleiades
Island

Northern Pleiades

Ouvéa
The Atoll of Ouvéa is closed to the west by a string of uninhabited islets and sandbanks that stretch like comet tails clinging to the ends of the main island, these are known as the Northern and Southern Pleiades, and they are separated by the Anemata Pass.
Hanawa Blue Hole
Natural wonder

Hanawa Blue Hole

Ouvéa
Wedged between the beach and the road, the Blue Hole of Hanawa is a seawater hole 30 metres in diameter, and of unknown depth.
Lékiny Bay
Bay

Lékiny Bay

Ouvéa
Lékiny Bay, a beautiful, well-sheltered body of water with unique colours, is a customary fishing reserve for the people of the Fayawa tribal village, a small island located in the bay.
Anubet Cave
Cave

Anubet Cave

Ouvéa
Nestled in the heart of the forest that covers the south of the island, you can discover Anubet cave.
The Devil's Cave
Cave

The Devil's Cave

Lifou
Northeast of Lifou, the Devil's Cave is a mysterious place full of legends.
Sandalwood Bay
Bay

Sandalwood Bay

Lifou
Sandalwood Bay stretches for nearly 50 km, from Cap Mandé in the south to Cap Aimé Martin in the north.
Niri Bay
Bay

Niri Bay

Maré
Niri Bay, embellished with small coves of coral rocks opening out on the lagoon, is an ideal spot for swimming and snorkelling. You can also observe dolphins that come every year to breed in its turquoise waters.
Pethoen Cave
Cave

Pethoen Cave

Maré
Hidden in the forest about fifty metres from the main road, Pethoen Cave is home to a variety of magnificent stalactites.
Natural Aquarium
Natural wonder

Natural Aquarium

Maré
This natural basin with its crystal-clear waters, fed by the passage of the sea under the coral, serves as a refuge for turtles and fish.
The Jewels of Inagoj
Curiosité naturelle,Forêt,Mare

The Jewels of Inagoj

Lifou
Emerald green water holes are hidden in the middle of a lush forest.
The potholes of Cap des Pins
Coral reef

The potholes of Cap des Pins

Lifou
A site by the sea where waves and swells have formed potholes in the coral formations.
The Jila Cave
Cave

The Jila Cave

Lifou
At Wedrumel you can discover the largest underground cave in Lifou.
Bone Hole
Natural wonder

Bone Hole

Maré
The Bone hole is an impressive coral sinkhole some 40 m deep and 30 m in diameter, and which is just a few metres from the road.
Lékiny Cliffs
Falaise,Récif corallien

Lékiny Cliffs

Ouvéa
The majestic cliffs at Lékiny stretch for nearly 3 kilometres and are about twenty metres high at their highest point.
Fayawa Islet
Island

Fayawa Islet

Ouvéa
Fayawa Islet is located south of Ouvéa Island, between Mouli Island and Lékiny Cliffs.
Turtle Hole
Natural wonder

Turtle Hole

Ouvéa
Hidden under the cover of trees near the Takedji tribal village this water hole serves as a refuge for a large number of turtles
Luengöni Cave
Cave

Luengöni Cave

Lifou
Near Luengöni Beach, a network of galleries leads to an underground pool with cool and clear refreshing water.
Shabadran Bay
Falaise,Récif corallien,Baie

Shabadran Bay

Maré
The small bay of Shabadran, protected by a collection of cliffs and columnar pines is one of the most beautiful sites in New Caledonia, it is accessible via an excursion that is as unforgettable as it is demanding!
Cape Wabao
Cape

Cape Wabao

Maré
Cape Wabao dominates the southwest of the island with its coral terraces bristling with columnar pines, overlooking small rocky coves with transparent waters that are rich in a wide variety of fish, ideal for snorkelling.
Warrior’s Leap
Falaise,Point de vue

Warrior’s Leap

Maré
7 km from La Roche, legend has it that a warrior, cornered by his enemies, crossed with a single leap this seven-metre-wide ravine in the cliffs overlooking Allier Bay.
Southern Pleiades
Island

Southern Pleiades

Ouvéa
The Atoll of Ouvéa is closed to the west by a string of uninhabited islets and sandbanks that stretch like comet tails clinging to the ends of the main island, the Northern and Southern Pleiades, separated by the Anemata Pass.

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