Easo, Lifou, New Caledonia
Tropical Forest Walk & Secret Grotto
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Immerse yourself in the gorgeous leafy-green paradise of Lifou Tropical Forest during an engaging, guided nature walk highlighting the area's fascinating flora and fauna.
Your journey begins from the enchanting seaside settlement of Easo Village, which wows visitors with mesmerizing views of the bright-turquoise Baie de Santal, and heads to the Lifou Tropical Forest. This luxuriant island paradise boasts shady palms, tropical trees and dense foliage.
Set out on an excellent guided nature walk highlighting the vast array of flora and fauna that flourishes in the region. Learn about all the major plants and shrubs, including those relied upon for medicinal purposes in Kanak culture. Relax and simply enjoy the gorgeous South Pacific scenery and chirping birds.
Back on the road, journey to a breathtaking secret grotto for a guided tour by flashlight. One of Lifou's many dramatic cave complexes, this deep and winding grotto impresses with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. The island is a massive coral atoll, so the walls and floors of this cave, one of Lifou's largest, are full of fossilized coral -- a fascinating sight to behold.
Enjoy a refreshing glass of lemonade and some fresh fruit -- a delicious break offering time to ponder the cave's unique beauty.
At a nearby quarry, you'll witness an engaging demonstration of traditional hunting techniques, including coconut crab netting and wild pig hunting. See firsthand how the indigenous people of the island have figured out clever ways to survive using the resources they had on hand.
A scenic drive back to the port gives you time to contemplate the island's tropical wonders and wilderness.
This excursion requires extensive walking; the terrain may be rocky and uneven. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations. Wear light clothing and comfortable walking shoes; bring a hat and sunscreen. Modest attire is required for visiting local villages; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered; short shorts and swimwear are not allowed. The bus is neither air-conditioned nor equipped with a PA system. Local escorts and students will act as guides. Your guide will do his/her best to speak English, but please keep in mind that the limited tourism infrastructure here is part of Lifou's charm, and bear with any language difficulties he/she may encounter. Restroom facilities will be rustic.