Easo, Lifou – New Caledonia

Sunday 10th February 2013

Lifou is a commune of France in the Loyalty Islands Province of New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean. Lifou is made up of Lifou Island, Tiga Island and several uninhabited islets. Lifou Island is the largest atoll in the world.

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Sunday today so we went to church – the only problem was we had to climb what seemed like a mountain to get there. In 1858, on the promontory overlooking the bay below, the catholic missionaries built a little chapel, Notre-Dame de Lourdes…and it really is little…but very pretty and the panorama from the viewing platform is wonderful….I took some super photos. It is reached by a little path and then a long climb up steps hewn out of the solid rock…it was a difficult climb in the heat and humidity ….but it was worth it.

Big Smile Please Helen

Big Smile Please Helen

We arrived back down in the bay to catch the end of the handing over of the plaque ceremony by the Captain. As this is the first time in this port by Seabourn the officials of the island are given a plaque commemorating the visit by The Quest. In return the island give the Captain a plaque which is hung in the bridge.

The rest of the morning was spent swimming and snorkelling before we returned to the ship for a late 12 noon beer and lunch.

Funny story – we bumped into Irene & Alan on our way back to the tender & they asked if Vance would record a video of them on their iPad for their daughter in law to be. After about four practice runs Vance recorded their message. They played it back and there was just sound but no pictures. So Vance recorded it again and still there was just sound…it turned out that Vance had his finger over the iPad camera lens…duh…but the final take was perfect.

Sail away was at 6pm where we were entertained by Duo Everest who were brilliant as always.

Tonight we dined with Suzie & Lance in the main restaurant and for once it was resort casual which Vance & Lance thought great as they both hate dressing up for dinner.

After dinner it was off to The Club for drinks, then bed…goodnight…zzzzz

Techie bits: On the 10th of February 7:30am we were:
20° south and 167° east
Travelling on a compass course 251°
Speed = 13 knots
Wind speed = 10 knots from east
Air temperature = 25°c (77°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 9845
Depth = 420 metres
Humidity 68%
Sunrise = 5:39am  Sunset = 6:31pm