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Visit Reunion Island: Practical Tips

Reunion-Island

Despite being in the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island is a French Island. 3 adjectives to describe Reunion Island are lively, dynamic and surprising. Being in the same area as Mauritius, the climate is sunny and warm most of the time but might be prone to rainy seasons and natural calamities. It is also to be noted that the surface area of Reunion Island increases from time to time due to lava reaching the sea during powerful eruptions. Therefore, if you are curious and want to embark on a life-flourishing journey, Reunion Island is the perfect place for you, especially if you are adventurous in nature.

Travelling throughout the island

Are cars indispensable?

One of the main advantages of renting a car on Reunion Island is that a car allows for flexibility. By flexibility, I mean that public transport does not take you to every location; they have a specific route to follow, while on the other hand, taxis are usually expensive.

Remember, planning and organisation are the keys. To save money, public transport would be more suitable even though you would have to walk a little to get to your destination at times but apart from that it is not quite a hassle provided that you do not bring loads of items or bags with you. Driving a car somehow requires experience also, due to the narrow mountain road present near the cirques. You will also have to look for parking lots compared to public transport, which can thus be much of a hassle during busy days.

What to see and what to do during your stay?

The Piton de la Fournaise

Originally one of the most active volcanos amongst the world, it is believed that if this volcano stops erupting, dormant volcanoes of neighbouring islands such as Mauritius would wake up because they are connected to each other. However, the Piton de la Fournaise remains one the most popular attraction on Reunion, allowing for great hikes. For instance, its eruption always provides a mind-blowing spectacle for youngsters and elders.

The Cirques

Another famous feature of Reunion Island is the three cirques formed inside Piton des Neiges – the “mother” which gave birth to Reunion Island. Despite being formed by the same volcano, each one of them; Mafate, Salazie, Cilaos, has their own essence which will of course capture your attention.

Cirque of Mafate

One of the aspect of the Cirque of Mafate is both an advantage and disadvantage. Why? Well, to access the Cirque of Mafate, you will have to travel by helicopter or on foot. Either way, both would be an enriching experience for the family. The main characteristic of the Cirque of Mafate is mostly the wild aspect, which once served as refuge for slaves. Hence, the inhabitants are very attached to this land and keep some of the traditions going despite a lack of modern communication.

Cirque of Salazie

The Cirque of Salazie contains several villages and a Commune. Neighbouring St André and being the most accessible of the three cirques, the Cirque of Salazie is home to several waterfalls with rather strange but original names – “Pisse en l’air,” Voile de la Mariée, Cascade Blanche and others. One of the benefits of visiting the Cirque of Salazie first is that you will have the opportunity to access Mafate by going through the forestry.

Cirque of Cilaos

Originating from the word “Tsilaosa,” meaning “a country that you don’t leave.” The Cirque promises to provide you with a whole new level of experience; clearly different from Mafate and Salazie. One of the main advantage of Cilaos is that it can be accessed by car yet, you would have to pass through a road composed of 400 turns – certainly worth it, due to its beauty.

Reunion Island’s Gastronomy

How would gastronomy be described in Reunion? Well, in some words, the Reunion Island’s gastronomy is the fruit of different combinations of cuisine – Malagasy cuisine, African cuisine, Indian cuisine, Chinese cuisine and French cuisine. Appetizers are important to the Reunion cuisine. Similarly, some of the most traditional ones are also common to Mauritius. With their spicy taste, these snacks make the pleasure of youngsters as well as elders – “Bonbon piments” known as “Gateau piments or Gato Dhall” in Mauritius, Samosas and “Piments farcis.”

The most conventional dish found in Reunion Island is the curry.  Served in a plate with rice at the bottom, grains and the curry at the top and chutneys served separately, this dish can also be found in Mauritius and observes the same pattern. It is probably due to the fact of having common ancestors.

Where to stay during your trip to Reunion Island?

So you have already booked your flight, now is your time to think of the place where you would stay for your holidays. We would like to recommend TROPIC Appart’Hotel which is a hotel at Saint Gilles. Situated just 80 meters away from the sea, you will not have to travel too far from home. Also, you will find loads of services surrounding the area varying from sports clubs, restaurants, stores, pharmacy, laundry, nightclubs, casino and bakery.

Ideal for holidays, the atmosphere at the hotel is sure to help you relax yourself and take away the accumulated daily stress. The hotel for instance has 20 studios and 20 duplex apartments, all of them being modern, spacious and comfortable.

Who said that an hotel is monotonous in nature? Well, with TROPIC Appart’Hotel, your overall enjoyment and well-being is the aim. Do you still want to work while on holidays? Free high speed WIFI is available for your use. There is also a swimming pool inside the complex. However if you want to undertake more activities such as helicopter, golf, paragliding, mountain biking, canyoning, diving, big game fishing, catamaran trips, kayaking, paddling, the reception would be happy to provide you with some advice.

10 choses à éviter pendant vos vacances à la Réunion

Partir en vacances à la Réunion est un quasi rêve devenu réalité et afin d’améliorer cela, voici des consignes pour vous aider a avoir des vacances parfaites!

reunion-plage

La première chose à considérer lors de la visite d’un pays étranger est la différence de mode de vie et cette règle applique pour Ile de la Réunion comme sux autres. Le système selon lequel ils vivent est certainement différent de, par exemple l’île Maurice. Habituellement, ce ne serait pas un problème, mais si le vacancier sera en interaction avec les habitants de l’île, certaines choses doivent être prises en considération. Une différence majeure est  l’allocation d’aide au retour à l’emploi que les résidents reçoivent. Il est assez considérable pour décourager  à se trouver du travail. Les amateurs de vacances peuvent trouver cela injuste, mais ces opinions provocatrices doivent être conservées à soi-même, pas besoin de ruiner les vacances pour une telle chose.

Nature Reunion

Le gouvernement a interdit la natation et autres activités nautiques dans la mer sauf dans les zones spécifiquement désignées dans une tentative pour empêcher les attaques de requins. Un garçon de 13 ans a été tué en Avril cette année dans une zone hors-limites à La Réunion. Ceci est exactement ce que personne ne veut qu’il se passe à eux pendant les vacances à l’île pratiquement sans critique de chez les vacanciers. Le requin avait arraché ses deux jambes et un peu de son estomac. C’est une image horrible, pas du tout ce que l’on envisage lors de la planification d’un voyage agréable et le risque est bel et bien trop élevé. Il devient une priorité de savoir comment empêcher cela. Ainsi, en faisant nos valises en chemin pour la petite île pittoresque, il faut aussi s’assurer que les dangers de la mer ne soient pas négligés.

reunion helicopter

La sécurité à l’aéroport de l’île de la Réunion est ne rigole certainement pas, il y a plusieurs exigences pour les vacanciers à s’adhérer et ceux-ci comprennent des éléments interdits. Quand ils ne disent pas permis, il n’y a pas d’ambiguïté. Par exemple, il est interdit d’apporter le fromage dans ses bagages quand on part pour ses vacances. A l’aéroport, ils vont saisir rapidement tout élément restreint qui sera incinéré à un stade ultérieur. Nous pouvons ainsi conclure qu’essayer de contourner ces règles ne servirait à rien d’autre qu’un gaspillage d’argent grave. Peu importe combien on peut manquer sa nourriture préférée, cela ne vaut pas la peine de la voir aller en flammes à la fin de la journée. Ce serait un début plutôt terrible à ce qui était censé être des vacances parfaites.

Map of Reunion Island

Map of Reunion Island

Les questions d’argent sont une grande préoccupation lorsque vous voyagez à La Réunion compte tenu du taux d’inflation élevé – étant donné que l’île importe la grande majorité de ses produits; il est très probable que les vacanciers finiront par payer plus pour le même produit pendant leur séjour là-bas. Les dépenses ne sont pas limités à de simples achats toutefois car les soins médicaux sont également assez cher pour les touristes en provenance des pays non membres de l’UE. Ceux de l’Union européenne sont couverts automatiquement par leur sécurité sociale, mais les autres ont besoin de prendre des dispositions pour l’assurance médicale car en cas d’accident, il serait assez difficile de couvrir les coûts pour le voyageur comme les factures médicales sont estimés légèrement inférieures à celui aux États-Unis où ils sont assez exorbitants pour dire le moins.

Saint Gilles Reunion

Pendant les vacances, il devient très facile pour les tiers de faire de l’argent sur vous grâce à de légères hausses de prix ici et là, les jugeant comme «prix pour touristes”. La nourriture à la plage coûtera plus cher pour le touriste peu subtile et même la banque se réjouit de la possibilité d’augmenter ses profits. Payer avec sa carte de crédit est certainement plus pratique et plus sûr que d’avoir à transporter de grosses sommes d’argent sur soi dans un pays étrange et les banques profitent de cela. Charges engagées aux cartes de crédit auront des coûts cachés dus à l’usage internationale. Ils ne sont pas des frais très élevés, mais ils continuent à s’additionner conduisant à une découverte facheuse quand on est à la maison.

Reunion Island

Where is Reunion Island?

Une erreur facile que les touristes peuvent faire est de présumer que tout le monde parle le Français. Alors que même si la plupart des habitants de l’île comprennent le français, ils ne peuvent pas toujours le parler. En fait, il est un signe de l’enseignement supérieur de couramment parler la langue. Ainsi, les barrières linguistiques peuvent créer un problème de communication. La solution serait d’investir dans un guide et éviter de laisser dans des endroits peu fréquentés. L’île est certainement sûr pour les visiteurs mais comme toute autre zone touristique, souvent en proie à des petits voleurs. Il vaut mieux être prudent que désolé ainsi bien préférable de ne pas prendre de risques.

Nature trekking Reunion

Les documents d’identification sont très importants, pas de doute à ce sujet, mais les accidents se produisent  et documentations cruciales peuvent se perdre. Lorsque l’on n’est pas en son propre pays, la chose la plus fondamentale devient plus compliquée que jamais. Quand vous allez à Ile de la Réunion, il est nécessaire d’avoir sur vous une preuve de résidence à être occupé – qui peut être une invitation de la part d’un habitant ou hôtel arrangements mais sans cela, aucun touriste ne serait autorisé à quitter l’aéroport. Perdre ses documents est le plus grand non-non pour les voyages à l’île. Cela signifierait la fin des vacances avant même qu’ils aient la chance de commencer.

Reunion Beach

Reunion Beach

Lors de la visite d’un nouveau pays, la nourriture est certainement très haute sur la liste à faire. Les restaurants deviennent un incontournable à visiter et pour les touristes, il est important qu’ils soient conscients de certaines différences dans le palais – comme l’amour pour les escargots des Français, par conséquent, les réunionnais … Pour l’homme aventureux, cela présente une grande opportunité mais autrement, cela pourrait être une expérience cauchemardesque. Après tout, tout le monde n’est pas assez courageux pour vouloir consommer limaces pour le déjeuner!

Surfeur Réunion

Surfeur Réunion

 

Aujourd’hui, personne ne se trouve loin de leur téléphone mobile. Les médias sociaux est pratiquement indispensable avec les gens sur les séjours téléchargeant constamment la dernière photo artsy de leur nourriture, de la vue ou de la paroi la plus aléatoire dans la rue sur Instagram. À la maison, ce ne gros inconvénient, cependant financièrement lors de l’utilisation de données en itinérance plans, les choses peuvent prendre un virage pour le pire. Les charges, à l’insu du visiteur de vacances continuent accumulant alarmante menant à une découverte choquante quand il est temps de débourser de l’argent. Île de la Réunion a des factures de même cher pour une utilisation internationale de l’Internet. Des recherches antérieures sur les paquets disponibles est une nécessité pour éviter certains réfectoires.

Cascade-Aigrette-Ile-de-La-Reunion

La Réunion, cet affable morceau de la France qui se chauffe tranquillement aux rayons d’un soleil tropical.

Un aperçu de luxe est prompt à séduire le voyageur imprudent, telle est la tentation d’un chauffeur de limousine promettant des tarifs identiques à d’autres taxis à l’aéroport. Même si faire une entrée dans le pays avec une telle pompe est une perspective attrayante, il est souvent accompagné de factures beaucoup plus élevées que le taxi normal ferait payer. Inutile de dire, ce qui est un mensonge blanc pour accroître l’activité et ce que peut faire un touriste naïf, mais payer? Les amateurs de vacances devraient être prudents pour éviter de telles escroqueries de toutes sortes et d’attendre un taxi agréé comme tout le monde.

LaReunion golf

Mais en fin de compte, tout cela est facile à réaliser pour le touriste qui arrive pour des vacances en soleil. Vous allez vite remarquer que vos vacances iront à merveille à l’ile de la Réunion.

Maloya Reunion

Restaurants ile de la reunion

Reunion Island is an example in diversity when it concerns the island as a whole, with a great variety in ethnicity, culture and race. People came to Reunion Island over the years through different means and for different purposes. Through time, they have created a united country with its own identity. It’s a place just waiting to be explored and when you are holidaying there, take the time to admire its beautiful wonders of nature as well as its marvellous cuisine. Reunion Island has such a diverse cuisine that you are bound to be astounded, exploration is an absolute must!

Les Letchis

Les Letchis restaurant is in Saint Benoit, owned by a family who make it a must to serve customers with a smile so that they leave satisfied with the service provided to them. The owner is personally involved in the day to day running of the restaurant and often drops by to make sure that the restaurant’s diner are enjoying their meal or require something else. This adds a nice personal touch to the service and is bound to endear to certain visitors. The restaurant specialises in a more rustic style creole cuisine, providing a varied menu of Reunion’s classics and favourites. This is a good first stop for the curious tourist. The view is sublime as well as Les Letchis restaurant is just by the river and you can even see people kayaking at times. Provision has been made for customers who want to sit by and enjoy the view with confortable lounge chairs overseeing the river.

les letchis restaurant reunion

 

The restaurant’s special menu includes palm tree heart pickles with fish. The Mascarenes Islands often pickle seafood but adding the palm is a unique Reunionais touch. For less food shy people, it has bizarre plates such as eel curry. Imagine that- eel cooked in curry served with a salad with rice or bread as you wish it. It’s definitely not to be missed if you want a more complete tour of Reunion Island including its fine (and maybe more shocking for tame eaters) cuisine of its own. If you are going to Les Letchis, just prepare yourself to eat the best of creole cuisine’s offering. Everything from the classic rougaille to a Bouillon de coquilles is to be tasted with utmost pleasure!

L’instant Plaisirs

This restaurant is located, of all places, you won’t guess it- in the Cilaos! The great caldera is a great source of attraction for tourists and reunionnais alike, they stand tall and shelter so many unique species of flora and fauna, many endemic to Reunion Island, the little town and commune also known as Cilaos is located right in the middle. L’intant Plaisirs restaurant hence affords a great view to its visitors whether they are around for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The name Cilaos is of Malagassy origin, meaning “the place one never leaves” and quite honestly, there is something about its atmosphere that simply makes you want to stay. The little restaurant enamours its customers with its impressive view and allows taking your meals outside all while enjoying a light fresh breeze with your food, making the items on your plate doubly more tasty and intriguing.

linstant plaisir reunion

A French restaurant by name, this restaurant of the humble island seems to mark all of its customers with its galettes. What’s always on the menu is pancakes. Not the british style pancakes but thin, soft and buttery pancakes. They are usually plain and eaten with some jam or chocolate but L’instant Plaisirs offers a wide array of choices to its customers given how this ended up being its speciality. Keep in mind though that this restaurant in question is usually open only on week ends and it’s not only tourists who are  fan of the restaurant but locals drop by for a nice lunch as well. So if you feel like this is your place to be on a fine Saturday or Sunday, do not get stuck in the traffic!

Le Manta

Le Manta Restaurant, don’t go by the weird name, tourists! is a beach side little wonder. Located in St Gilles, very near Hotel St Gilles Reunion, it is very accessible for a meal during your day out. It is a very calm restaurant, quite appropriate for a date with a certain romantism in the air but also alright for a family outing or a meal en solo. St Gilles is a busy place and very many hotels in Reunion Island are found there. It is the touristy part of Reunion Island as some may say. Don’t be afraid to strike up conversation with either a fellow diner or the staff members so long as they are free for a chat. The restaurant aims at providing service with excellence and the menus definitely supports that. Le Manta is actually a seafood restaurant. Hardly a surprise given its location right next to the beach so that you can admire some white sand beaches during your meal but it also has meat on the menu.

le manta reunion island

If seafood is not your cup of tea, you can still hang around and expect to be surprised by La manta. Its menu is kind of the unexpected style. From a rather normal tuna tartarre to fish lasagne, the menu is diverse in nature but seeks to center mostly around the theme of seafood. But if you are a fan of kangaroo, you have come to the right place as well. Nope, that is not a typo, the restaurant also specialises in tender kangaroo flesh, when better to broaden your horizons than when in a restaurant serving kangaroo flesh as if it was the most normal dish on earth? We encourage to to try not to flinch back and instead actually enjoy the dish in good humour and with an open mind. You might find yourself a new favourite dish! It can’t always be bacon and eggs for breakfast after all! Variety is very important for a saner life.

Le QG

Le QG restaurant is one which prides itself on its diversity, mirroring Reunion Island itself. The Chef Andre is accompanied by Abdou, the waiter who hails all the way from Senegal. It is ranked as the Number 1 restaurant in Plaine des Caffres on Trip Advisor. A quaint little building with yellow and white plain paint, nothing fancy on the outside to be quite honest but still this restaurant manages to demarcate itself with the good food. As an international style restaurant, the menu can be either eccentric or your normal everyday fare depending on where you are from. The restaurant is technically open for breakfast as from 07.00 but try making a reservation if you plan on arriving that early- after all, it’s a tiny place on a tiny island. It doesn’t actually open up that early on regular days. So if you just drive by on a fine Sunday morning, prepare yourself for a long wait if you haven’t bothered making a reservation in advance. Reservations are also necessary for other meals as well. Remember how it’s the number 1 restaurant in Plaine des Caffres? Yes, many people want to eat there. Sure, you may get lucky on a slow night or day but better be on the safe side and ensure that you will not return to your hotel hungry.

le qg reunion

If you feel like a steak, then Chef Andre will make you a mouth watering steak. If you feel like a plain rougaille saucice reunnionais style, he’ll be equally happy to serve you that instead. The restaurant implements local flavours in fine cuisine and classic creole dishes all while maintaining a great standard to astound customers and make them want to come back again and again. They have their menu in several languages such as English and German, so worry not, non-French speakers! Chef Andre and his little army got you covered!

La Perle du Lac

This is where you go when you haven’t eaten all day and are ready to eat a horse. Well, they don’t have horse on the menu but I think I got the point across indeed! La perle du lac is a buffet style restaurant, where you can choose either the buffet menu or the menu a la carte. Depending on your preferences, both offer great value for money and good food. With a warm welcome and smiling staff, your time at La Per le du Lac restaurant is bound to go smoothly. The place is clean with warm tones, giving a very homey atmosphere to customers who can relish their food in such a great atmosphere. A buffet at 20 euros per head is a bargain in Reunion island and with the level of service provided, you might as well wallow in regret if you miss it. The buffet menu, which is La perle du lac’s speciality includes entree, salads, main dishes and dessert. The menu is of course ever evolving to accommodate diners without boring them but client favourites always make a reappearance as well as special salads of the house and succulent dessert items.

perle du lac reunion

Certain things will surprise you as is the habit of most reunionnais restaurants with some outlandish menu item and for la perle du lac, it is the lentils cake. What most people would restrain to being a soup, they went and made cake out of it. Once you taste it though, you will most definitely keep wanting more! Other items on the menu are no less intriguing and await for visit during your holidays in Reunion Island. You can’t help but like the restaurant with its great location and welcoming atmosphere, it begs for an encore once you have been there. It is hard to find fault about La perle du lac, it is also very easily accessible even for those unused to the roads of Reunion island.

Le Kedai

Another weirdly named restaurant in Reunion Island, you should learn to expect no less with its wonderful mix of cultures! It is not French, don’t worry, your French is likely not that rusty yet. It is a creole word of unsure origins but in most contexts, it means a cooking utensil. One of the most important ones apart from the wok in Chinese cuisine. It is a rather common word in creole actually, be it Mauritian, Rodriguais or Reunnionais creole. Just another word from the average person’s daily lingo in a tropical island. However, what’s most interesting about Le Kedai restaurant is not the linguistic mystery of its name but rather, wait for it… it’s a Chinese restaurant. On the east coast no less! It makes for a good break from all the formal cuisine you have been indulging in most likely since your plane landed in Reunion Island. Serving generous portions of Chinese and creole cuisine, Le Kedai restaurant is a plain but efficient eatery.

le kedai reunion

The main objective is to get you fed with the least fuss aiming at maximum satisfaction. Unfortunately, the restaurant doesn’t have a trip advisor page but you should find it without much difficulty. It is one the the few restaurants open in the evenings on the east coast- a rarity in over there as the usual visitors will attest to. On its usual menu, you will have sandwiches and classic Chinese dishes such as noodles and rice items with pork, shrimp or chicken. Whatever floats your boat, you are likely to find it there to sate that little special hunger for a chow mein. Do tell them how spicy or not spicy you want your food when ordering! You can also take your food as take away and find a nice spot in nature to enjoy it either by yourself or with a companion or two.

Le Massalé

Le Massale is where you will taste the authentic flavours of India. Sweet or savoury, this little café wants to make you fall under its spell. Oriental smells of very very many spices such as but not limited to cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves and so forth permeate the place and you cannot help but want to taste each and every one of the delights on display. It is a rather quaint place with nondescript green and white paint with the name simply written high up. The interior resembles more a little snack bar with the prices stuck on the inside of the display cases. The menu is composed mostly of single cakes, similar to amuses bouches but believe me, one can lunch on a few dozen of these happily. Cakes such as samousas and pates are the more usual fare. And pate is not the meat pate that comes in a can and is spread on crackers but rather a delicious little savoury cake made with pate feuillete and folded like a cute rectangular envelop filled with delicious things such as cheese/corn/onions or chicken curry. Depending on what’s available for the day, feel free to broaden your horizons and give the cute little indian patisserie a go. You might end up loving their spiciness. These savoury cakes are served with a chutney or chilli paste which can be tangy with a lemony flavor or sweet and fruity if tomato base. There are even green chutneys for those who relish a less sugary experience sometimes!

le massale reunion island

Otherwise, if you have more of a sweet tooth, the restaurant can accommodate that as well. With gato banane or as it’s called at the restaurant- galette de banane, you will be a very happy person. This one is a simply batter of mashed overripe bananas, flour, sugar and some spices such as anis seed (the little ones) with all of that fried until dark brown. It is crispy on the outside and the inside melts in your mouth. If you are looking for a snack, you will like the kebab sticks which are heavily spiced with a more middle eastern touch- not to be missed!

Les Meilleurs Hotels de St Gilles

Ile de La Réunion est sans aucun doute l’une des îles les plus aventureux dans l’océan Indien. C’est un pays qui présente un vacance complet pour n’importe qui à la recherche d’une véritable poussée d’adrénaline. Bien que, l’un des facteurs le plus impressionnant de l’île est de posséder le seul volcan actif dans la région, il a aussi quelques autres caractéristiques qui le distinguent de ses îles voisines. Les forêts d’émeraude, des cascades, des paysages montagneux et les routes tourbillonnant ainsi que la nature amicale de son peuple et la mer scintillante sont ce qui attire les touristes surtout pour découvrir ce caractère unique de l’île. Bien sûr, vous pourriez déjà vous imaginer sur la plage avec le sable réunionnais or scintillant à travers vos orteils, vous devriez déjà penser comment arriver a ce lagon calme et attirant.

Dina Morgabine

Situé sur la côte ouest aussi connue comme Saint Gilles les Bains, de l’île rocheuse se niche un grand hôtel trois étoiles, Dina Morgabine. La côte ouest est souvent dominé par les éclats du soleil et un climat tropical chaud tout au long de l’année. Les clients sont enchantés par la vue sur la mer turquoise visible du balcon privé. Dans un premier temps ses intérieurs peuvent sembler un peu hippie et un peu trop fort à votre goût, mais vous ne seriez pas déçu d’avoir cet hôtel. À des prix abordables, vous pouvez réserver une chambre size « standard » ou une suite avec sa propre petite cuisine charmante. Un énorme piscine est le centre de l’attention une fois que vous êtes dans cet hotel charmant avec style moderne. De plus, l’hôtel donne un accès sûr et privé à certaines zones de la plage du patrimoine. Ceci est l’endroit où vous pouvez vous imaginer être sous l’ombre fraîche des arbres, le sable blanc et la mer vous entour.

dina morgabine

 

Accro de sports nautiques? Ne vous inquiéter pas. L’hôtel propose de nombreux sports nautiques de la manière la plus en sécurité. Bien sur, vous ne seriez pas en mesure de résister à cela. L’hôtel fournit à ses clients de nombreux services: Un salon calme, terrains de golf, des cours d’aquagym, des salles de conférence, la gestion des événements, et le soin absolut de votre séjour. Saint Gilles les Bains a aussi quelques caractéristiques les plus étonnantes, comme le jardin Eden, aquarium, et Roches Noir, place de dauphin et le surf. Le personnel amical et souriant personnel vous guide à travers les meilleurs endroits à visiter dans l’île et fait tous les arrangements, même vous réserver un guide personnel. Pas besoin pour vous de vous fatiguer pour profiter d’un séjour mémorable.

Archipel, Résidence Hôtelière

Saint Gilles les Bains accueille un autre hôtel 3 étoiles, l’Archipel. Cet hôtel est ce que vous appelleriez moderne et accueillante. Devant la plage magnifique, l’hôtel se dresse dans toute sa grandeur majestueuse. Les prix peuvent vous surprendre, mais il est tout ce qu’il vaut vraiment la peine pour un séjour joyeux. Les salles de séminaires, cours de fitness, une piscine et un terrain de golf ajouter à l’ensemble d’une chambre studio ou un duplex. Pourtant, la caractéristique la plus attrayante de l’Archipel est son jardin tropical.

L'Archipel Residence

L’Archipel Residence

 

Construit dans les alentours de l’hôtel, le jardin tropical vous emmène à travers une phase d’un moment de détente et de paix. En effet, il est utile pour la planète, mais il est aussi un coin de notre goût. Les touristes qui n’aiment pas les gestes brillants et plus les choses exagérées, mais plutôt simples et modestes qui les déconnecte du monde matériel et qui peut toucher le cœur vont vraiment adorer ce jardin. Inutile de dire que l’hôtel offre de nombreux autres services tels que la réservation de vos voyages à travers l’île et la provision d’une liste de choses à faire, ne pas rater et même à ne pas faire.

 Tropic Appart

La station balnéaire de Saint Gilles les Bains abrite les 3 étoiles de Tropic Appart’Hotel. Son infrastructure moderne donne une touche sophistiquée à l’édifice et se distingue ainsi de autres hôtels autour de lui. Il symbolise aussi le développement des infrastructures de l’île de la Réunion et sa façon d’adopter un mode de vie moderne. Le concept moderne de l’hôtel nous lie en permanence à la réalité du monde extérieur, contrairement à certains dont l’architecture nous fait oublier tout concernant d’où nous venons. C’est un paradis pour nos vacanciers réalistes !

Tropic appart

L’hôtel semble mélanger l’intérieur d’un appartement et d’un hôtel dans une chambre simple avec balcon privé et mini cuisine très utile en temps de besoin inattendu ou pour rester connecté même pendant ses vacances a l’art de cuisiner. Dans les locaux, une piscine et des chaises longues sont faites à disposition. L’hôtel ajoute comme si un supplément impressionnant à la ville. Les clients peuvent ainsi aussi visiter les localités, restaurants, casino, faire du shopping et découvrir la vie nocturne réunionnaise. Le lagon est malheureusement peu accessible aux gens car ils n’ont que quelques mètres où ils peuvent nager, bronzer, se détendre, les sports nautiques de la pratique ou même aller pour la vision sous-marine. Tout cela pour assurer la sécurité des vacanciers.

Hôtel Les Créoles

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La côte ouest de l’île basaltique a un encore autre bel hôtel 3 étoiles. Comme son nom le présume, l’hôtel offre un aperçu de la culture créole par son architecture traditionnel en même temps possédant un intérieur et extérieur modernes. La nourriture, les chambres et la célèbre danse sega ajoute un peu d’épices bien nécessaire pour colorer ses vacances a la traditionnel. Il est vraiment un bonheur à l’âme lorsque votre hôtel a visiblement conservé la culture et les valeurs de l’île. Il vous donne l’opportunité d’admirer les environs si vous êtes a l‘intérieur ou a l’extérieur de l’hôtel. L’hôtel est également équipé d’une grande piscine et un coin salon en face. Vous pouvez jouer au billard, tennis de table ou tout simplement lire un roman tout en sirotant votre cocktai. Cela va vous intriguer de savoir que la localité vous permet de magasiner et profiter de toutes les installations dont une ville moderne peut offrir. Les visites de l’île peuvent également être organisées par l’hôtel sur demande.

L’hospitalité des hôtels réunionnais à Saint Gilles est remarquable. Ne perdez pas du temps et réservez votre billet d’avion dès maintenant!

Votre Destination Parfaite: L’Ile de La Réunion

Ile de la Réunion ressemble à un minuscule point dans l’océan Indien, mais vous trouverez que c’est une île spectaculaire avec de hautes montagnes, des canyons à couper le souffle, des lagons turquoises, des villes colorées et villages et cascades. Un département français d’outre-mer, la Réunion est un mélange magnifique d’influences françaises, asiatiques et africains. Il est vraiment une île enchanteresse; un paradis pour les aventuriers et les randonneurs ou pour ceux qui recherchent des vacances actives infusé avec de belles plages, des paysages à couper le souffle et des cultures fascinantes. Si vous êtes en visite pour la première fois, voici dix choses à faire dans l’île de la Réunion que je vous recommande vivement. J’ai essayé tous et chacun d’entre eux et les expériences que j’ai acquises étaient inoubliables!

Le paysage à la Réunion est absolument spectaculaire. Je suggère de louer une voiture et de conduire autour de l’île. Il est une grande île de sorte que vous voudrez peut-être vous-même le rythme. Conduisez la Route du Volcan ou dans le cirque de Cilaos pour certains des paysages les plus étonnants. Les étendues côtières offrent des vues charmantes de villages colorés, des lagunes et des plages tandis que l’intérieur est caractérisé par des montagnes impressionnantes, des canyons, des forêts (de forêts de pins à arbustes épais et fougères arborescentes sub-tropicales!) Et les hauts plateaux herbeux.

Reunion Island waterfalls

Une visite à Piton de la Fournaise, un des volcans les plus actifs du monde, est un must dans mon livre. Le paysage le long du chemin est  belle et sur l’approche du volcan, la route vous mène à travers la Plaine des Sables, une zone qui ressemble beaucoup à Mars!

Si vous êtes vraiment dans les volcans, je peux recommander la randonnée dans une ancienne coulée de lave du Piton de la Fournaise. La visite de tube de lave est un voyage merveilleux qui vous fera passer des formations intrigantes et des systèmes de tunnel. Je ne recommande pas si vous êtes enclin à la claustrophobie.

La Réunion est célèbre pour ses trois cirques (Mafate, Cilaos et Salazie), trois grandes caldeiras formés par l’effondrement d’un volcan bouclier. Parmi les trois, Mafate est inaccessible par la route, ce qui est idéal pour les randonneurs qui souhaitent profiter de la nature impressionnante dans la solitude totale. Il y a plusieurs villages à l’intérieur du Cirque de Mafate, qui ne sont accessibles que par des sentiers (et hélicoptères). Quelle que soit la voie que vous choisissez, vous serez garantis panoramas époustouflants, des rivières jaillissantes et des cascades et des forêts luxuriantes.

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Je vous recommande vivement de voir l’île de la Réunion de haut. Alors seulement vous être en mesure de vraiment apprécier sa topographie impressionnante et variée. Du volcan aux cirques incroyables, des forêts verdoyantes et des cascades élégantes, c’est une expérience que vous ne serez pas facilement oublié!

Saint-Denis est la capitale et la plus grande ville. Il est idéal pour se promener autour de cette belle ville – ne pas oublier de vérifier sa belle architecture et visiter ses marchés.

Une autre ville de marché à visiter est de Saint-Pierre sur la côte sud avec son marché animé samedi. Il est un endroit idéal pour déguster des spécialités locales comme Bon Piment et une variété de rhum, acheter haut de vanille de qualité et ramasser quelques souvenirs. Une autre ville, je vraiment aimé était Saint Gilles les Bains, avec ses boutiques colorées et des plages de sable fin.

La plupart des plus beaux lagons de l’île se trouvent sur la côte ouest, entre Saint-Paul et Saint-Leu. Ici, vous trouverez de vastes étendues de plages de sable fin, allant du blanc au noir! Les zones de plage les plus populaires sont autour de La Saline les Baines – ici vous trouverez une variété d’hôtels, chambres d’hôtes, restaurants et bars, comme au Coco Beach. Vous pouvez choisir de lézarder sur la plage, faire de longues promenades, ou offrez-vous dans une variété de sports nautiques comme la plongée, planche à voile et stand-up-pagayer.

Ce fut l’une de mes expériences préférées à La Réunion. Une vieille coulée de lave a été sculpté dans un canyon de la rivière, avec des murs étonnants de chaque côté, piscines tranquilles, suivies par des rapides et des chutes d’eau. Ce fut une expérience incroyable, sauter sur les murs (certains jusqu’à 12 mètres de haut) dans la piscine ci-dessous, la luge d’une piscine à l’autre ou flottant sur la rivière.

La Réunion présente un mélange fascinant de cultures françaises, africaines et asiatiques, résultant en un large éventail de plats délicieux et arts de la scène. Allez sur un «tour alimentaire» à l’un des marchés (comme mon préféré, le marché du samedi à Saint-Pierre) et laissez vous aller dans la cuisine créole. Si vous pouvez, demander autour de places pour assister à des performances étonnantes par une troupe de et les beaux danseurs Mahoya. Et ne pas oublier de goûter quelques-uns des fameux rhum de l’île!

La Réunion est un endroit idéal pour faire l’expérience de la vie marine de près. Il existe différents pour les dauphins et les excursions d’observation des baleines. Ce sera l’occasion d’une vie à se joindre à des scientifiques du projet Dare Win comme ils font des recherches sur les systèmes de communication complexes des dauphins et des baleines. Si vous êtes chanceux, vous pouvez même aller plongée libre avec les dauphins et les baleines avec les chercheurs!

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Après toutes ces activités pleines d’action, vous méritez un peu de repos. Vous pouvez retourner à la plage ou dans les collines ou votre hotel luxurieux.

Hiking in Reunion Island

Today’s mundane life has turned us into working machines. People are possessed by stress. In such a situation, it is best to find means of exorcising it out of them. A simple step could be going on a vacation with family, friends or the distinguished presence of your own self. The Indian Ocean is a mine of treasures that would energise the body, mind and soul. Among the many islands, Reunion Island stands out. Born of a volcanic formation, the island has a rocky and uneven surface with breathtaking panoramic sceneries, be it the blue sea or the misty mountains. One of the most favorite activities of Reunionais and tourists is hiking. The mountains and forests are so alluring that they make hiking the top of the to-do list, even if you are not a risk taking person.

Excerpts from a traveller’s diary

Travelling gives birth to new feelings and attitude to the traveller. For the holidays, I went to Reunion Island encumbered by the oceanic blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Going on the trip alone was no less than a challenge. Yet, I challenged myself further by opting to indulge myself in the most adventurous and thrilling activity of the island, hiking. In Reunion Island, even though hiking is made easy by the authorities as they cleanly and diligently maintain the areas of trail, trippers still need a reliable and knowledgeable guide by their side. Among the many exciting places for trek, I chose to go to Piton des Neiges.

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Before going on that trip, I was required to do some bookings and payments which were easily done with a couple of clicks. On the selected day, dressed in comfortable trekking pants, shirt, jacket, shoes, cap and duffle bag-which has to have mosquito repellent cream, mineral water, snacks, towel, spare clothes, map, medicines-I was accompanied by numerous trekkers, who were at that point of time, strangers. Clustered with a group of people and enlightened by a friendly guide, we started our journey at the La Caverne Dufour whose peak houses a mountain hut reserved for hikers. The journey could have been covered in a single day, but as we wanted to sojourn in that special hut, we made it a two-day trip. After walking an hour or so, we reached the peak of La Caverne Dufour in early evening, where the hut welcomed us in the coziness of a home. Giving in to tiredness and cold, we all retreated in the privacy and warmth of our individual cabins and groped on the delicious food. In a minimum amount of spare, strangers became friends. I marveled at the relationship that we human beings share. Closing my eyes, I let sleep take control over my mind and body.

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If anyone wants to witness the enchanting sunrise from the highest mountain of the Indian Ocean, then the perfect way to do so is to reach the peak of Piton des Neiges at the perfect way. This is what we did. We commenced our second part of the journey after a light breakfast. As we marched all the way to the top of the mountain, in the wee hours of the morning, temperature dropped to such an extent that even the stars seemed to be shivering out of cold. Like all adventurers, we carried on with our trip without losing much confidence, with torches and lamps illuminating our path. I was exhausted, not to admit that would be a blatant lie, yet the prospect of being the first one to greet the sun in all its magnificent glory kept me moving.

The rustling of dead branches and leaves, the hooves of nocturne birds fleeing the day and the running of the nearby lake kept us entertained. I imagined myself being cast in a slow motion song. Early mornings like these are appropriate for a meditation session and to discovering oneself, as I did. Taking deep breaths, accepting oxygen in its purest form and feeling it captivating my lungs, vessels and brain, I relished that moment. It was almost as if positivity is replacing negativity. As I was escalating to a higher altitude, my mind began revolving concepts of existentialism and self-contentment that I never acknowledged. It might’ve frightened me. But now that I think of it, I feel I have matured.

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A tiresome ascension. Oh! I see. The final step of our journey. The sun was about to rise. With a final dash, we conquered the peak just in time. Inhaling lungful of air and waiting for the yellow ball seemed to be the most patient thing on Earth for me to do. Eyes fixated towards the horizon, there it was, finally coming out of its cocoon. The sun gradually rose in the sky and bathed us all with its warm rays. Tiredness, soreness, numbness, sweat and cold were all forgotten in a jiffy. The warm feel of light on my face was just indescribable, almost out of the world. I stood there, facing the sun, and realized, that thing really is something powerful as it burns and still continues to shine and inspires all of us to do same. The experience had been an enchanted one…full of magic.

Mother Nature does wonders and I might just have witnessed that.

We hope your next hiking trip would be as enchanted as our traveller’s.

The Best Hotels in Île de la Réunion

Reunion Island is undoubtedly one of the most adventurous islands in the Indian Ocean. It is a total package for anyone in search for a real adrenaline rush. Though, the island’s most prominent feature is having the only active volcano in the region, it also has some other characteristics that set it apart from its neighbouring islands. The emerald forests, waterfalls, the mountainous landscapes, soul-twisting and swirling roads, the friendly nature of its people and the scintillating crystal clear sea are all what attract a tourist mostly to discover the uniqueness of the island.  Sure, you could already fantasize yourself on the Reunionais beach with the golden sand glistening through your toes and on your way to lurch yourself in the lap of the calm lagoon.

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A good hotel makes your stay pleasurable, but the best hotel makes it memorable. We are here to guide  you through the best hotels in Reunion Island so as you would depart with no regrets.

1. Hotel Le Saint Pierre

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Le Saint Pierre Hotel is a luxurious three-star hotel located in the heart of the constantly busy city of Saint Pierre. Adorned with the elegant touch of modern architecture, the hotel is a perfect destination for those who worship materialism. Here, you will not find any old relics, but rather freshly conceptualized and up-to date decorations. Despite being in the commercial city of the island, the hotel offers quite a peaceful atmosphere. It caters for all class of people. You may book a standard room or a room suite, both with a private balcony overlooking the city, for affordable prices(depends in which season you go). For the corporate people, a conference room equipped with the latest technologies is made available. It is a real delight to have breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack or even a drink in the outdoor restaurant. Not only are you illuminated by the bright sunlight of the sun during the day, but also the green garden brings in an air of freshness and the continuous gushing of mini waterfall in the pool feels your ears with the soft sound. It is a real relaxation moment when you can sit by the moonlight and twinkling stars sipping wine in a cool environment. The hotel offers a gamut of services to its guests. Trips to different parts of the island via rental cars and helicopter rides and activities such as snorkeling, big game fishing, diving, paragliding, trekking and catamaran tours are all organized by the hotel staff.  The interiors and services of the hotel are not its only best features. The only active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise, and the marine port are situated within few kilometers from the hotel. If you are looking for something sophisticated and modern, then Hotel Le Saint Pierre is your place

2. Dina Morgabine

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The west coast, Saint Gilles les Bains, of the rocky island nestles another great three-star hotel, Dina Morgabine. The west coast is often dominated by the glares of the sun and a warm tropical climate throughout 300 days. The guests are enchanted by the view of the turquoise sea facing their private balcony. However, at first its interiors may look somewhat hipster and a little too loud for your taste, yet you would not be dejected in choosing this hotel. At affordable prices, you can book a standard room or a suite with kitchenette. A huge 75-feet swimming pool is the centre of all attention once you are on the grounds. Moreover, the hotel gives a safe and private access to some areas of the Heritage beach. This is where you can imagine yourself being..under the cool shade of trees, the white sand, and the sea awaiting you. Water sports freak? Not to worry. The hotel offers many water sports in the most secure way. Surely, you wouldn’t be able to resist that. The hotel supplies its guests with many services: A calm lounge, golf courses, aqua gym classes, conferencing arrangements, event management, and taking care of your séjour. Saint Gilles les Bains also has some most amazing features, like the Eden Garden, aquarium, and Roches Noir, the dolphin and surfing spot. The staff friendly and smiling staff guides you through the best places to visit in the island and makes all the arrangements, even booking you a personal guide. No need for you to tire yourself to enjoy a memorable stay.

3. Archipel, Résidence Hôtelière

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Saint Gilles les Bains accommodates another 3-star hotel, the Archipel. This hotel is what you would call modern and homey. Proudly overlooking the beach, the hotel stands in all its majestic grandeur. The prices may surprise you but it is all totally worth it for a gleeful stay. The seminar rooms, fitness classes, swimming pool and golf course add to the package of a studio room or a duplex one. Yet, the most attractive feature of the Archipel is its tropical garden. Built in the hotel premises, the tropical garden takes you through a phase of a moment of relaxation and peace. Indeed, it is helpful for the planet but it is also a corner of our liking. Tourists do not like shiny and over the top things, but rather simple and modest gestures that disconnects them from the material world and that can touch the heart and that garden is just another example. Needless to say, the hotel offers many other services like booking your trips to the island and giving you a list of do’s and don’ts.

4. Tropic Appart

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The seaside resort of Saint Gilles les Bains in the west coast shelters the 3-star Tropic Appart’Hotel.  Its modern infrastructure gives a sophisticated touch to the building. It also symbolizes Reunion Island’s infrastructural development and its way of adopting a modernized lifestyle. The modern concept of the hotel continuously binds us with the reality of the outer world, unlike some whose architecture makes us forget all about where we came from. The hotel seems to blend the interiors of an apartment and a hotel into one single room with private balcony and kitchenette. In the premises, swimming pool and sun beds are made at disposal. The hotel is an additional feature in the city. Guests may as well as visit the localities, restaurants, casino, shopping and discover the Reunionais nightlife. The lagoon too is very accessible to the guests with mere metres to walk where they can swim, sunbathe, relax, practice water sports or even going for underwater vision. It all happens in a safe environment.

5. Hotel Les Créoles

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The western coast of the basaltic island has another beautiful 3-star hotel. As it name goes, the hotel offers an insight of the creole culture through its traditional yet modern interior and exterior design, the food, the rooms and the famous sega dance. It is truly a bliss to the soul when your hotel too has preserved the culture and values of the island. It gives you the awe moment to admire the surroundings whether you are in or out of the hotel. The hotel is also equipped with a large swimming pool and lounge area facing it. You may play billiard, table tennis or simply read a novel while sipping your cocktail in that area. It may interest you to know that the locality allows you to shop and enjoy all the facilities that a modern city can provide. The tours of the island can also be arranged by the hotel upon request.

The hospitality of the Reunionais Hotels is remarkable. Don’t waste your time and book your trip now!

Indian Ocean Islands|Sri Lanka, Comoros Islands and more!

Excerpts from a traveller’s diary: The enchanting weather of the Indian Ocean (Part 2)

Make your way back to Part 1, The Mighty Indian Ocean
  • Sri Lanka

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My expedition of the Indian Ocean consisted visiting all the islands. I remember booking my ticket for Sri Lanka halfheartedly for the island had not the same splendor as the other ones. However my prejudiced perception of the island changed when I started touring the island. In April, the Sri Lankan weather is undeniably hot and dry. The glowing medallion stands proud and bright in the spotless blue sky the whole day. Clouds were not that visible. With the temperature at 30°C and above, I just could not resist splashing into the coolness of the mighty sea. Really relaxing! The outer hotness is nothing compared to the freshness of the water that covers your body. Needless to say, the sea is just perfected according to climatic changes and I think that’s the best part of the weather influencing the Sea-Goddess, as believed in Sri Lanka. The weather changes in April also provided me with some unforgettable memories. I could witness the epic gathering of more than a hundred elephants. I was graced by the presence of majestic whales and was privileged enough to swim in the company of friendly dolphins. Now, I really look forward to unlock more of Sri Lanka’s hidden gems under a different weather.

  • Comoros Islands

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Comoros Islands! What can I say about it? Being an adventurer takes me places where I never imagined myself going. I’m not to be entirely blamed. Comoros Islands is a group of small islands located in the most secluded point in the Indian Ocean. Sure, it is sandwiched between Madagascar and the African continent, but it still is not that popular. Yet, one visit can alter our opinion. Under the fiery sun in the hot and dry month of July, tourists have many choices: Going sightseeing (after applying sun cream) is a great thing to do. The beauty of the nature and of the people can be appreciated under the protection of the sun. However, the best thing to do is swimming in the crystal clear and cool waters of the sea. In the waters, you feel as though the outer high temperature drops instantaneously. A pleasurable and enjoyable swim can be enjoyed.

  • Pulau Weh

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Set as a tiny tropical rock near Sumatra, Pulau Weh or Weh Island, is an exotic place for independent adventures or bonding couples. This remote and beautiful island welcomed me in September, the summer season of the Indonesian tropical climate. Unlike other islands, Weh Island’s escalating temperatures are not unbearable. The humid atmosphere has me anticipating my visits across the island. Diving being a remarkable feature of this island, converted me into a pro. The coolness of the sea had me exploring the depths of the sea again and again and its lush coral gardens. Rainfall could be considered as an ominous hindrance to your tours across this paradise island. So without the heavy drops of rain and strong wind, I could spend time discovering the marvelous marine life, the various species of sharks(from a distant), and its unique wildlife.

  • Pemba Island

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Much people have not yet discovered the wonders of this island located in the Zanzibar archipelago. Green Island, or as called Pemba Island in Arabic, holds true to its name. It is covered in lush green forests that attract people to admire its beauty. Heavily influenced by rain in July, the island is not what you can call the prefect bling bling place for illusionary enjoyment and party. The island disconnects you from every other disturbance. It is as though I’ve entered a new world with no pollution, no advance technology, no noise and no hypocrisy. The clove producing island is a myth to many as because of its remote location and unpublicized beauty, it has rarely a place in our ‘bucket list’. Despite the rain drops and cool temperature, the island still allows you to explore the rich cultural history and landscape. Who says swimming is not pleasurable in rainfall? For me, it had been a whole new experience where I let Mother Nature take things in control and guide me…sometimes I just get carried away by my emotions.. I mean when Mother Nature is not menacing and frightening.

  • Havelock Island

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Travelling offers you a spectrum of gifts and memories. One such is allowing you to discover the undiscovered virtues of Havelock Island. Being the largest island in the Ritchie’s Archipelago and situated in the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar, the Havelock Island is a distinguished and glorious island welcoming many tourists, be it honeymoon couples, friends, families or me. While water sports, marine life, the flora and fauna, and the mysterious tribes, people and cultures have conquered the hearts of many people, including mine, the exceptional climate still remains my favorite. It seems to me, like most of the islands of the Indian Ocean, the Havelock Island too has its climate molded into perfection. As I have visited the island in January, in my opinion it is the only best time to book your trip. Though winter, it is not that cold not to go out uncover the enigmas of the island. Actually, the cool temperature makes it all incredible great. Going out in the day, walking alongside elephants on the beach, swimming in an unusual condition, trekking in the fog, scuba diving, snorkeling, and plunging into the deep beautiful natural structures of the marine parks and marveling the exquisites of them, are all a total winter package. My coat was just an extra precaution. But I am glad that my winter trip was a real success, where I would have freezed to death in the European winter climate.

Sometimes, it is best to go with the flow and not be worried with small technicalities like the climate. The best of the things are demystified when we are not in control. What’s the use of going into an adventure when afraid of taking risks! It is better to be surprised by Nature, rather than planning it all out. Believe me, it is euphoric.

 

 

The Mighty Indian Ocean

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Sure, the oceanic blue waters and beautiful archipelagos on the Indian Ocean are inviting. One has rightly said: Water has curative powers. All it takes is that one long gaze upon the majestic azure sea. It has the capability to drain out all your sorrows and pain and fill you in with happiness and peace. Needless to say the islands are blessed with an extraordinary beauty, be it the unique flora and fauna, the diverse culture or the warmth of its people. No tourist can feel himself alienated from such an environment that gives a homely feeling even to the strangest.

Feel like going on a trip to one of those islands? Booking your trip can be a tough job especially when you have no inkling of the details.

To help you, we have selected a few islands with a superb climate.

Excerpts from a traveller’s diary: The enchanting weather of the Indian Ocean

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As a lone adventurer, I have travelled to many places and I consider myself lucky that I have been able to visit a few of the islands of the much popular Indian Ocean. The tropical islands offer a great variety of hangouts. It is well known that the islands of this particular ocean have splendid beaches. Another great characteristic of it, though not much talked about, is the climate reigning.

  • Seychelles Islands

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When I first visited the famous Seychellois archipelago, I fell in love with the place. It was like nothing that I had ever seen: Crystal blue sky, white golden sand, and a clear turquoise sea. What a delightful sight! Of course, I might have been very fortunate to be bestowed with the most amazing weather for me to spend a nice time on the island. I am a big sports freak and I worship water sports. Coincidentally, the period during which I went to Seychelles, annually holds several water games. This is because the months from May to September offer the perfect tides for surfing, parasailing, snorkeling, sailing, swimming, etc. Moreover, this is a relatively dry period where the temperature is moderate, never reaching the extreme peaks of heat and making it just appropriate for a summer vacation in the coolness of the sea.

A guide to helping you find the perfect place to stay while in Seychelles:
5 Best Affordable Hotels in the Seychelles

 

  • The Maldives

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The Maldives is one of the most frequented tourist destination. Formed with a stunning beauty of corallines, beaches, nature and diversity, everyone finds himself attracted towards Maldives. Though, the climate throughout the year is warm, I learnt that even then you plan your trip well. I would recommend everyone to go during the winter monsoon season. Winter is just a word. There is nothing cold or freezing. It was all very dry and wet. I experienced a lot of rainfall, and a lot of then. This was soon replaced by a scintillating sun as though no one had ever snatched his day duty. Despite the versatile weather, I could still give away my time in the waters. As for my exploring-the-island plan, it was occasionally hindered by rain and winds but I still had a nice time. At times, the union of the fiery sun and soothing rain can actually make your day. A trip could not be a success without a few drops of rain.

  • Mauritius

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Located in the south-west of the Indian Ocean and surrounded by it, Mauritius is a mine of treasures: Amazing beaches, breathtaking landscape, wonders of nature, the sizzling Mauritian cuisine, or the astonishing unity of the citizens. It is difficult to find a place bequeathed with so many rare jewels. While travelling, I found out that the weather majorly influences my trip. Renting a car in Mauritius would have been a good idea but as they say, hindsight is 20/20! Desiring a summer holiday, I went to Mauritius during the hottest time of the year, December. Sure I was sweating like a pig whenever I went out in the brooding sun to visit the local markets or the other places. Yet, one day, as I went to explore the southern forests, I was welcomed by a heavy rain shower. Sure, my so-called exploration was ruined given that I was completely drenched and muddy. Even though, I could not bring myself to complain as I got to experience something rare; the fragrance of nature bathed in rain water. It was a pure bliss. Finding my way back to the starting point, I stopped near a hill. I was way above sea level.

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The reason I stopped there was that panoramic view you could get from there. After a little while, the rain stopped. That gave me even more time to contemplate the scenery and I stood there marveling at the cosmic blend of the multicolored rainbow, the feeble sun, and the blue sea. It was just beautiful and peaceful. I learnt one thing: The weather can change at any moment. Sure, I could swim in the clear waters under the sun rays, until the next set of rain hits the sea. Despite the annoying weather changes, I could see carry on with my plans. The temperature was moderate and sometimes would escalate. Mauritius is a country with a ravishing elegance, however, I should not forget my umbrella and overcoat next time.

The island is enthralling enough that one should definitely consider it as more than just a stop over for a few days of sun. Buying some real estate in Mauritius would be a good way to start!

  • Île de la Réunion

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Another great adventure in the western ocean, the Reunion Island is rather known for its active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise, and the rocky and soul-stirring roads, than for its beaches. While the tropical sun is available all year round to provide warmth, the Austral Winter is here to top it all. Though, in this season, the island is not much affected by rain, the weather is still humid and cold. At night, the mercury level can drop up to 20°C, dramatic for a tropical island.

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Yet, it complements the island. While going on a hike into the majestic mountains, fog and cold winds make the experience more exciting, though risky. This cold climate differs from winter in the States or in European countries as it doesn’t bring snow, but a very unique climatic setting for a tropical island. So it is really worth it to be part of the Reunionais Winter as I have been able to discover this particular from a different perspective…yeah- from the mountains.

Hotel Le Saint Pierre is well located to accommodate you during your adventurous exploration of the wilder side of Reunion Island.

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Learn to appreciate the beauty of things from different point of views. Be it summer or winter or threatening temperatures, it is indeed worth taking the risk. After all, You Only Live Once!

Read Part 2 by our Traveller!

Seychelles Islands: The Don’ts

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Lost in some part of the lapis azure colored and vast Indian Ocean, lie the Seychelles Islands, the idyllic place for honeymooners, family trip or a lifetime adventure to discovering oneself. Mostly known for its beautiful beaches and welcoming lagoons and coconut, the island is a mine of undiscovered treasures. Yet, unbelievingly, there are such things that are not recommended at all.  Surely, you can go ahead and plan your voyage to this magnificent island that has won so many hearts. Just bear in mind our precautionary advice.

    Don’t forget to Plan your holiday with care!

Though, the Seychellois weather is pretty good all year round, it can still hinder your vacation. If you want to enjoy a memorable stay, be sure to schedule your trip in accordance to climatic conditions and hereafter your preferences. You want to book your trip during April and November to enjoy a cozy and peaceful swim in the blue lagoon. Unless, you are a water sports freak, then the best time to visit is between May and September. Keen to visit the fauna and flora? Just don’t go in January or April. May is once again the best time to get lost in the lap of Mother Nature’s forests.

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    Your security is the best policy

Seychelles is known to have excelled in its security for tourists. It probably has the lowest crime rate in the region. Nevertheless, going out brandishing your assets-money, jewellery, foreign currencies-may cost you the theft of these and even death. These can be safely locked in the locker of your hotel room or the bank. Many of us prefer to discover the nightlife of foreign countries. In Seychelles, people exploring in the dark need to be careful and if you are a lone woman you need to be extra prudent. It is more appropriate to take someone reliable with you or just stay in the guarded premises of your hotel and study its architecture and take part in the nocturne activities or even better contemplate the beach under the shadow of the moon and stars.

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    Don’t get duped

Rapacious people are everywhere. Many run unlicensed hotels, lodges and guest houses. You may have a nice stay at astoundingly low prices but the operators cannot be trusted. The latter may loot you of your belongings and throw you onto the streets with nowhere to go overnight. So do not be a miser and check in a decent and licensed hotel. As a tourist, you would be obviously having unchanged currencies of your country. When in need of money, be wise enough to change the funds in banks, at hotel cashiers or at the bureau de change at the airport itself. Do not wait for the exchange market to rise or fall and throw yourself in the well laid traps of unauthorized dealers. This would bring you under the offence of illegal monetary transaction and therefore pay hefty consequences. Mind you, the law is rather harsh in Seychelles.

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    Careful on the tan

You may think of me as stupid to warn you on the tan. Believe me I’m not. Most of the tourists visit Seychelles for the warmth of the tropical sun and for sunbathing. The results obtained after a good long session of getting tanned is worth flaunting. However, halfheartedly you would need to limit these sunbathing sessions as the Seychelles have strongest sun emitting lights than most of the other islands. Tan is beautiful and sexy but getting roasted isn’t. The sun also influences the sudden weather changes and may bring a drastic rise in temperature.

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    Don’t exploit nature

The Seychelles archipelago consists of many islands. They all are rich in natural heritage, be it the ingenious fauna and flora reserves, the protected marine parks or the coralline islands.  As a responsible human being, you need to give a helping hand in preserving these last remnants of the Almighty’s boons. For instance do not collect seashells that are homes to hermit crabs. What good snatching the shelter off a creature’s head for our own momentary pleasure. Help in keeping the environment clean and unpolluted by not littering. You may pluck some unique and mesmerizing flowers from the islands, but just be sure to register them before going home as it is illegal to take anything unregistered out of the country. Strict laws you say? It’s just an attempt to cushion the Seychellois heritage.

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Follow these simple guidelines and you are good to go in a foreign land full of beautiful surprises.

 

 

Indian Ocean and its Best Beaches

School has taught us, the world’s third largest ocean is the Indian Ocean covering at least 73 million km2 of world’s surface. But, who wants to have all of that bookish theory? No one actually bothers about the geographical details. Let’s all face it, what attracts us the most are the splendid beaches and these are what make the Indian Ocean such a popular tourist destination. The big blue, the white sand, and the scorching sun make us all daydream about a holiday. It is worth it when foreigners spend hundreds of thousands to live a moment in what they consider a paradise. Indeed when part of the Northern and Southern Hemisphere are freezing under 0°C, bits of the Indian Ocean is rejoicing in summer.  Happiness can be found in simple things, like the sea, sand and sun.

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While there are over thirty islands in the Indian Ocean, it is quite a break head to figure about the most beautiful beaches, or as we may say, la crème de la crème. Here are the top beaches that we have searched for you.

1. Sri Lanka’s Impressive Beaches

Located at the south of India and north of the Indian Ocean, Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka, mostly known as Sri Lanka, is an island famous for ancient ruins with history, wildlife, South Indian cuisine and extraordinary beaches. Though crowded for such small an island, Sri Lanka welcomes its tourists with open arms. Sri Lankan beaches are widely popular for their beauty and water sports.

 

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Mirissa Beach is found on the southern part of the island. This beach may not be very big, but it is as welcoming as calm and private. Surrounded by the cool shade of palm trees, visitors can relax hearing the gushing waves and fret by watching dolphins and whales. Yes! This is the specialty of this beach. People can have a closer communication with these fascinating sea creatures, the majestic whale and the human friendly dolphin. Some come to this island for only one purpose: Water sports. They cannot be blamed as Sri Lanka provides the best conditions for scuba-diving, snorkeling, surfing, and deep-sea fishing and Mirissa is just the right place. All of these sound great but what about the costs? As much as these features are inviting, Sri Lankan tourism costs are quite low and affordable. Put this place on your bucket list.

2. Island Delights of Maldives

This place needs no introduction. Comprising of little islands grouped together, Maldives is perhaps the most exotic place on our list. The island is widely known for having secure, private and beautiful beaches. Maldives offer a panoramic scenery; the sun, the blue lagoon, the perfect weather (depending on season). A wide range of water games is offered too. While the Maldivian marine life is been protected, the beaches welcome visitors. Maldives is probably one of the few island nations whose beauty has not been polluted by modernism. The serenity reigning at the beaches offers a pleasurable and relaxing moment. The big blue is so…maybe enticing is the right word, that people can find solace by just gazing at it. The pure while sand glisten in between your toes. With the sun just above your head, the next thing to do is to go for a real swim with an indescribable comfort of sense of belonging that no swimming pool can provide you. Some hotels have shacks on the beach and even on water. This is particularly romantic. Getting the picture? Wait until you hear about the nightlife. Be it the luxurious hotels or private event companies, all we care about are the beach parties. Dancing and a night’s enjoyment are confirmed if you would just attend them.

Maldives at night:
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3. Seashores of Seychelles

Ringed with splendid beaches, Seychelles is an island made up of numerous volcanic islands. Yet, the slightly rocky surface makes no stain on the beauty of this magnificent island. While at Seychelles, it is recommended to visit as many beaches as you can as each one of them has a different story to be told. The stunning blend of lapis lazuli to turquoise is heavenly to witness, not to mention feeling of going under water. With takamaka trees and coconut palm trees lined up all along the coastal line, this just adds up to the natural beauty of the island. If you are worrying about your or your family’s safety, don’t, because Seychelles offer such low tides that no one could ever drown and die, except if he is not familiar with swimming. Also, line up your diving gears as you would not be able to resist the feeling of going for a scuba dive. If confused where to go for a holiday, just close your eyes and imagine yourself in brightly sunlit place resting under the cool shade of takamaka trees, sipping chilled coconut water, and looking at the heavenly blue beauty, you will know the answer: Seychelles.

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4. The Less Known Beauty of the Comoros Islands

Sandwiched between Madagascar and the African continent, the Comoros Islands are located in such a secluded position that they are said to be mysterious and enchanting. Many want to demystify the secrets of this rather unknown island, but why? Look at its beaches. Bingo! That can be the only reason. The islands ‘ beaches are so remote and secluded that would frighten anyone, yet attractive as much as a single glance at it and one would abandon all thoughts of fear and insecurity. The beaches seem like belonging to another world where it seems that time has come to a standstill. Beaches this quiet and lonely, and heavily scented with smell of bananas, the marine air, sweet smell of natural ylang-ylang and spicy smell of cloves, often provide a romanticized version of paradise for couples, or just the pursuit of another great adventure of discovering oneself for the lone travelers.

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5. Volcanoes and Exquisite Beaches- Reunion Island

Île de la Réunion is another coastal island governed by the French in the Indian Ocean. No! Piton de la Fournaise, the forests, wildlife and twisting roads are not the only reason to visit the island. Just look it. It is surrounded by water. Water? I mean blue lagoons and beaches. Though usually packed with Réunions and tourists, beaches are still the most admired feature of this little island. They are clean, shaded and offers a gamut of sea creatures, both in and out water. One can spend the whole day lounging on the beach, sipping cocktail, and looking for splashing fishes. Sun bathing is also on the to-do list as the tropical sun has never been so nice to you and you could finally flaunt your sun-kissed skin. It has absolutely wonderful hotels with great service, we’d suggest looking at St Gilles Les Bains hotels in Reunion Island.  In Réunion Island, you would not get the feeling of being an deserted place as the constant cheering of people and sounds of the waves give a sense of acceptance and feeling of home. Just an advice: Beware of sea-urchins.

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6. Beaches of Mauritius

Perhaps one of the most envied and fantasized place, Mauritius. The famed quote Mark Twain comes into my mind: “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius”. After the contemplating the soul-stirring panorama of forests, lush green fields, waterfalls, colorful diversity and beaches, it is only legitimate to agree with Twain. What increase the cosmic beauty of Mauritius are not only the beaches but also trips to the tiny islets scattered around the island.

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Let me give a detailed summary of them. The northern and eastern coasts are well known for their danger-free beaches and lagoons. Finding a spot on these beaches can give you a hard time, but it is all worth it at the end. The sparkling azure sea under the rays of the sun, the talcum-white sand, and the way the proud waves are broken down by the protective coral reefs, are surely a treat to the eyes. For those staying in hotels, it is good to know what some of them provide you with beach butler service. A swim is most definite, after that, having a tan, or just laying with a novel and a punch in hand. The southern coast is infamous and unadvisable for swims. The lagoons are not well guarded with the broken coral reefs and that causes high tides.

We suggest renting a car and getting a villa in Mauritius for the best experience!

Nevertheless, the beaches are frequented so as to watch the huge waves crashing against mountainous rocks. The constantly windy and humid air bring in the smell of marine nature to your nostrils.

Last but not the least, the western coast is a tempting surfing spot. Though you might not enjoy your swims because of the tides, you might be supporting the idea of spending a hot day by the beach with the occasional drops of sea. A tip: Stay back for the sunset. The union of the vermillion reflected sea and the sun is mostly divine.

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What? Are you still here? Book your trip. It is inhumane not to succumb to the bewitching scenes of these islands.

10 bonnes raisons de passer vos vacances à la Réunion

L’île de La Réunion flotte au beau milieu de l’océan Indien et est la région la plus méridionale de l’Europe.

L’île volcanique est un département d’outre-mer français et un paradis pour les amateurs de trekking et d’activités en plein air de toutes sortes.

Cratères et chaînes de montagnes vertigineuses géants s’élèvent au-dessus des vallées sauvages et des jungles abondantes.

Les hôtels et les restaurants de cette île paradisiaque sont aux normes occidentales et la monnaie mais proposent une cuisine fusion.

Voici dix bonnes raisons pour passer vos vacances à la Réunion :

1. Les Randonnées et escalades

Les Randonnées et les escalades sur les différents sommets de l’île sont des expériences inégalées. Le Piton des Neiges, un volcan inactif, est le plus haut sommet de l’île et peut être monté lors d’un trek de deux jours passant à travers des paysages à couper le souffle.

Directement depuis l’aire de stationnement, vous pourrez emprunter un petit sentier qui serpente à travers la forêt tropicale menant jusqu’au plus haut point de la région. La vallée verte, le Cirque de Mafate, est située sur les contreforts du Piton des Neiges et est un site de randonnée très accessible.

Le paysage vous rappellera le monde fantastique décrit par Tolkien dans Le Seigneur des Anneaux avec ses pics escarpés, pentes boisées et ses nombreuses cascades. Sur le même chemin, vous rencontrerez le cratère du volcan Piton de la Fournaise à une hauteur de 2621 mètres. Il se réveille tous les deux ans et est, par conséquent, l’un des volcans les plus actifs de la planète. Un trek au sommet vous emmène à travers le domaine de la Plaine des Sables et ses nuances de lave faisant penser à un paysage lunaire.

 

2. La plongée

La Réunion, entourée par plus de 250 kilomètres de côtes, offre de nombreux spots de plongée où vous pouvez contempler les récifs coralliens tropicaux et des poissons de toutes les couleurs.

Un des endroits les plus populaires est situé à St-Gilles-les-Bains, où plusieurs centres de plongée organisent des expéditions à travers le monde sous-marin.

À quelques centaines de mètres de la côte se trouve un canyon sous-marin couvert de coraux spectaculaires. Murènes, poissons clown et mérous habitent ce monde inconnu rendu possible par des coulées de laves récurrentes.

 

Au sud de l’île se trouve l’épave du bateau de pirate d’Antonio Lorenzo, non loin du village de Saint-Paul. Saint Leu attire aussi les amateurs de plongée, mais à cause de forts et imprévisibles courants, une bonne maitrise de la plongée est nécessaire.

 

3. Le Parachutisme et les tours en hélicoptère

Les pitons, cirques et remparts de l’île de la Réunion ont été inclus comme sites du patrimoine Mondiale par l’UNESCO en 2010. Vu du ciel, vous assistez à des paysages fantastiques du ciel.

Un tour d’hélicoptère au-dessus de l’île provoque une véritable excitation. Après quelques minutes au-dessus de la côte de l’océan Indien, le vol se poursuit sur l’intérieur de l’île et sa nature intacte. En face de vous se trouve une jungle qui vous rappellera le film Jurassic Park, avec de vastes vallées boisées, des cascades et des falaises.

L’eau y tombe d’une hauteur de 300 mètres. Planer au-dessus du Piton des Neiges à 3071 mètres d’altitude et les gorges de Cilaos et de Mafate est tout simplement merveilleux

4. Le canyoning et le rafting

Le Canyoning à La Réunion est une expérience inoubliable. Dans les gorges de Cilaos et de Saint Susanne, des expéditions de canyoning sont organisées et encadrées par des guides expérimentés. Complètement équipé par les organisateurs, vous découvrirez des endroits intacts et l’expérience d’une grande aventure. Le paradis pour les fans de rafting est à l’est de l’île volcanique.

 

Les rapides claires, cristallines et impressionnants vous donnent des sensations incroyables sur votre bateau gonflable. L’endroit préféré pour le rafting est sur la rivière Marsouins à Saint Benoit. Sur le parcours, vous pouvez profiter de bananes, mangues et papayes sauvage.

5. Le Surf

Les amateurs de surf pourront trouver refuge dans l’ouest de l’île. Beaucoup de petits villages et des lagons idylliques offrent des conditions idéales pour bodysurfers et véliplanchistes. Le point central est l’ancien village de pêcheurs de Saint-Leu. L’attraction principale de cette côte est sa vague, “La Gauche”, reconnu comme le meilleur dans le monde. Même pour les surfeurs expérimentés, il représente un véritable défi.

 

Les Autres spots de surf sont situés à Trois-Bassin et Saint-Gilles-les-Bains. Leurs vagues régulières et des conditions de vent idéales permettent également aux débutants d’avoir du plaisir. Tout le matériel est fourni par les nombreuses écoles de surf parsemées le long des plages. Les cours sont également offerts pour tous les niveaux.

 

6. L’Équitation

Les expéditions à cheval à la Réunion vous emmèneront au sommet de cratères, sur les plages tropicales et vallées spectaculaires. Autour du lac du Grand-Étang, vous découvrirez des montagnes boisées et une végétation abondante. Les chemins de halage vous dirigeront vers le bord de formations rocheuses étonnantes sur le bord du Piton de la Fournaise dans le sud de l’île et les trois rainures formées au fond du Piton des Neiges, sentiers passant à travers la forêt vierge.

L’odeur de la vanille et  la papaye remplit l’air dans de nombreux endroits et vous pouvez cueillir les fruits mûrs directement à partir de votre monture. La majorité des clubs d’équitation Réunionaise propose des visites d’une journée ou d’une demi-journée avec des instructeurs expérimentés.

 

7. Les paysages époustouflants!

Vous serez surement fasciné par les différents paysages de l’Île. Les plages, les montagnes, les étangs et rivières, le volcan et ses environs. Il y a quelque chose pour tout le monde, tant que pour les sportifs et les personnes moins sportives. L’île n’a pas volé son surnom de l’île intense avec la multitude d’activités qu’elle a à offrir: parapente, surf, plongée, canyoning, quad,…

 

8. La Détente

Juste envie de procrastiner sur la plage? De nombreuses plages à La Réunion sauront répondre à vos souhaits! C’est sur la côte Ouest que vous rencontrerez les plus belles plages et de petits restaurants avec leurs pieds dans le sable chaud.

Pour les amateurs de glisse, de nombreux spots pour le surf et kite surf sont disponibles, attention tout de même d’être attentif aux consignes de sécurité.

 

9. Une culture qui enchantera vos papilles et vos yeux!

La Réunion est une île où toutes les cultures et couleurs se mélangent. Vous croiserez des temples tamouls, pagodes chinoises, des mosquées et des églises. Ce mélange des cultures se reflète également dans les assiettes. Les spécialités; le curry, samoussas, bonbons piments, rougaille et bonbons Coco… le tout accompagné par du rhum.

 

10. Une destination toute l’année

Il est possible de visiter la Réunion à n’importe quel moment de l’année. Les températures élevées couvrent les mois de Janvier à Mars (aussi la saison des cyclones- relativement rares). Pour les températures moins chaudes, vous devriez opter pour les mois de Septembre à Décembre et d’Avril à Juin et pour les amoureux de l’hiver, ce sera de Juin à Août. L’Hiver reste la meilleure saison pour visiter l’île car c’est aussi la saison des baleines.

Logement : Hôtel  Réunion