Introducing Loyalty Islands
The sparsely populated Loyalty Islands have large tracts of impenetrable bush, secluded beaches and hidden caves. Maré, Lifou and Ouvéa each have their own characteristics: Maré is known for its deep rock holes, rugged coastal scenery and serene beaches; Lifou for its breathtaking cliff-top views and small secret beaches; Ouvéa for its unending beach and tranquil lagoon stretching endlessly to the horizon.
The islands' inhabitants blend traditional and modern lifestyles with ease, though unless you are staying in a hotel you will need to take cash as most other places do not accept credit cards. Each island has at least one bank with an ATM that accepts most major credit cards. Seafood is a speciality in the Loyalty Islands and most accommodation places and restaurants offer lobster or crab platters. You need to order usually 24 hours in advance.