Lifou was our first shore tour and I was amazed at the colour of the water and how friendly everyone was.
The amazing Mary-Ellen of Lifou, New Caledonia. I shared her blanket and we sat and enjoyed the Coconut Crab I purchased for $34 from the market. I asked her if she would like some and she said ‘merci beaucoup”, French for ‘thank you very much’.
Mary-Ellen was the fourth generation to live in Lifou. Her family were originally from Port Villa, Vanuatu. She had a gentle grace and wisdom that greatly affected me and this is still my favourite photo of the trip.
Coconut Crab meal
We visited St. Pierre Baptist Church
Nearby was the Big Chief’s house