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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

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!

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.

Reunion island Beach

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!

reunion-island-beach

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.

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.

reunion island beach

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.

reunion helicopter

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.

la-cambuse beach Mauritius

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.

beach-boucan-canot-reunion

I came to the island of Reunion for the first time in summer 1998, or more precisely in the winter of 1998, since the seasons are reversed in the southern hemisphere and July and August here correspond to the southern winter. Austral, that single word made me dream. And every time I returned to the island, I always thought to myself “this island is badly sold”

Three mountain Circues, a peak that rises to over 3000 meters (the highest of the Indian Ocean zone), a volcano among the five most active on the planet, dark and dense forests, steep footpaths, fog in the mountains and ice on the volcano one or two days a year, and activities such as paragliding, diving and canyoning! Indeed, it could scare vacationers looking for a beach destination, lagoon and coconut trees.

Then of course there is the “sister island”, 170 km away, the beaches are legion and lagoons evoke postcards. Mauritius has built its reputation on the blond gold of its sand and the turquoise of its waters. Besides, Reunion island evokes a greener, more sporty image. Not without reason.

Yet if I took some time and talk about known treasures of Reunion island, I might convince you to visit this wonderful island. I want to show you some nooks and meet colorful characters, I also want to show you what you will find exclusively in Reunion Island, things that any tourist dreams of finding on his arrival on an island in the sun: the beach and the lagoon – Reunion does have it all!

Beaches in Reunion Island

The most popular beaches are those on the coast near the town of St. Paul, which by its size, is among the longest towns on the island. St. Paul, first “capital” of Reunion since it was the first anchor point of the earliest settlers from Madagascar and beyond possess magnificent beaches. We should not omit Boucan-Canot, Roches Noires, Saint-Gilles, the Hermitage and Saline les Bains. All those a tourist bonanza since they are the more sheltered coast from the winds – the East Coast has the largest lagoon and beaches at your discretion.

Boucan Canot Beach, Reunion

Head to Boucan-Canot beach to eat some cheese samosas and observe the youth first try at seduction. Here you can sometimes get the impression of being on the Riviera with the pareos clustered on the sand in the solar corona. For children and little seasonal swimmers, this is a unique place with calm and clear waters, with reef fish that dance while you enjoy your swim.

Roches Noires Beach, Reunion

Further down to Roches Noires beach that stretches for kilometers to the marina of Saint-Gilles where you can take a drink after facing waves appreciated by surfers. One should not deviate Grand Fond, a quieter, calmer, better suited beach for picnics with the family under the casuarinas during the weekends since it remains the less exposed to view. Here, less people, less noise, but so much fun.

Boucan Canot and Saint Gilles, Reunion

Yet another track that I chose make you discover today, the most discreet one you can find on Reunion Island: You have to push after Boucan-Canot and stop before Saint-Gilles to park your car on a roadside right before the main road. A sarong, sunscreen, a water bottle, here’s everything you need to face the tranquility and privacy of this intimate and yet wilder beach. The shade of casuarinas allows employees to come and eat in the shade between twelve and fourteen hours, friends whisper secrets between two mouthfuls of rice. Creole family distributes beverages and paper towels to young too eager to go into the water, a pair sharing the same beach towel under a blazing sun. There you’ll find the perfect place to sit on a carpet of casuarina needles.

Here you can read quietly, dawdle a bit on the sand along the sails on the horizon or browse the endless beach for broken shells and corals. The beach has a pearly reflection and its clear water invites to bask without delay while admiring the cliff and the black rocks that form a scree in the northern end. The beach of Cape Lobster is beautiful, but above all natural and wild. Nobody picks up stranded corals, although there are still very few tourists busy looking for shells on the edge of the waves while environmental protection messages are plastered everywhere, from the airport to the beaches. Like the beach, do not miss its shells!

Is it a nice beach? … You decide!

Those are some of the awesome beaches of the island of Reunion, and I have not even talked about those in the South of the island … Now I think it’s time to tell you other secret places, less crowded and just as fine. This will be the subject of my next articles. But we had to show you the Reunion Island in this specific aspect as “vacation” and beaches similar to those in Mauritius! It’s done!

Have fun in Reunion!