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Looking over Jinek Bay from the cliffs that surround it, you’ll quickly understand why this must-see site in Lifou is nicknamed “The Natural Aquarium”. Through the surface of its beautifully translucent water, you can already see the magnificent corals that make up the reputation of this spot. It invites to discover some of the most beautiful reefs of Lifou, where hundreds of species of tropical fish live.

Coral reef at Jinek Bay
The coral reef at Jinek Bay.

How to get to Baie de Jinek snorkeling location?

Jinek Bay is located in Easo, on the northwest coast of Lifou island. To get there, a rental car is recommended. Otherwise, hitchhiking works pretty well on the island. From Wé, the main village of Lifou, it takes about 35 minutes by car to reach the bay, located here.

Jinek Bay snorkeling map, Lifou

Water entrance for snorkeling Baie de Jinek

There are stairs installed on the small cliff that allow easy water entrance straight on the reef.

Baie de Jinek snorkeling tips

The snorkeling area covers the coral reef that has grown in the calm waters of the bay. You can easily spot the coral through the surface from the stairs and the different lookouts. In this sheltered area and after the absence of a beach, the corals developed only a few meters from the shore.

At this spot, the underwater landscape is made of shallow coral plateaus (↕2ft/0.5m) and deeper sandy areas (↕10-25ft/3-8m).

Batfish at Jinek Bay
A dusky batfish in Jinek Bay.

Jinek Bay greatly deserves its nickname of “Natural Aquarium”. Before completely immersed in the water, everything is already an incredible wonder: multicolored corals, giant clams unfolding their fluorescent mantle in crystal clear water, sea lilies swaying by the small waves. Although some areas are slightly damaged, especially near the stairs, the corals are in overall great condition on this spot.

Lined surgeonfish, butterflyfish, parrots and sixbar wrasse are easy to spot at reef. In the deepest areas, schools of hundreds of black and white damsels shelter neat the drop-offs.

Maori wrasse at Jinek Bay
The iconic Maori wrasse is a regular visitor to Jinek Bay.

During your snorkeling, you may also encounter a Maori wrasse (quite regularly seen in the bay), a yellowed-lipped sea krait sneaking between the corals, or a shoal of convict surgeonfish feeding on rocks covered with small algae.

The reef is also home to sea anemones (↕3-5ft/1.5-2m) inhabited by dozens of fire clownfish. Sharks and turtles are uncommon in Jinek Bay, but are sometimes sighted by the luckiest snorkelers in the blue.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

This site is natural and you will not find any restaurants in the immediate vicinity. A water source is available outside the sanitary block on the site, which is often closed.

More images of snorkeling at Baie de Jinek in this video 👇 shared by Fongi!


  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth26ft/8m
  • Water entranceFrom ladders
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium to high
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyNo
  • Public toilets & showersYes, but not always opened

MAP Spot

These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.