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Lifou’s Jinek Bay is one of the Pacific Islands’ most pristine marine ecologies. It holds one of the world’s most diverse ranges of coral and more than 2,000 fish species. Due to the volume of visitors to its pristine waters, this haven was slowly being destroyed. The local community got together with this cruise company to make sure it’s beauty is preserved.
The Marine Reserve Pass helps reduce environmental impact, as well as helping locals maintain this priceless attraction.Depart the tender wharf on a short self-guided walk over to Jinek Bay. You’ll be met by the community custodian, who will exchange your ticket for a wristband, giving you access to the water during your allotted time. Please make sure you read the visitor guidelines as well as a short history on Jinek Bay and the Marine Preservation project upon arrival.
- To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat and SPF30+ or higher factor sunscreen. Make sure to bring bottled water, swimmers and a towel, and insect repellent.
- We recommend the use of protective UV clothing and reef-friendly sunscreen to help protect the environment and reef systems (available in the onboard shops).
- Tickets are not available for purchase shore side. Strictly only 100 AM passes and 100 PM passes are available.
- Please note this ticket is solely a Marine reserve pass and entering the Jinek Bay Premises is at your own risk.
- There are about 30 steps on a comfortable wooden staircase with railings on each side to negotiate in order to get into the water. No equipment or guides is provided.
- You must be a comfortable / experienced swimmer to enter Jinek Bay.
- Please note that, in order to protect the coral and avoid people stepping on it and breaking it unnecessarily, the use of reef shoes is not allowed at Jinek Bay.
- Bluebottles are known to occasionally appear during summer.