Welcome to the island of Reunion. This little pearl of the Indian Ocean will make you live a unique experience during your stay. All year round, you can enjoy the tropical climate, favorable to many activities. Its splendid beaches contrast with its impressive mountains to offer a magnificent natural spectacle.
Located in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island remains one of the most beautiful tourist destinations to discover in the Indian Ocean. Thanks to the beauty of its breathtaking landscapes and its rich and authentic culture. Discover activities to do and essential places not to be missed on a trip to Reunion with us.
A wide range of activities for everyone
The island of Reunion pleases everyone. Young and old will not risk getting bored in this place where peace lives alongside dynamism. For followers of idleness, the island is the destination not to be missed. Offshore activities are numerous. You can for example enjoy your stay to practice scuba diving, sailing or water skiing.
For fans of thrills, some sites offer interesting activities like sea kayaking or snorkeling. Golf, paragliding and surfing are also among the main activities of the island. Families can discover a unique fauna and flora that will not cease to amaze you. To party with friends, the trendiest discos open their doors late into the night.
You prefer atypical and unusual activities? Indulge in an unforgettable flight over the island in a helicopter or enjoy the lagoon and its underwater riches aboard a transparent kayak. Land of hikers, the island of Reunion also offers a wide range of landscapes conducive to hiking.
Visits and essential discoveries
You cannot say you visited Reunion island without making a detour to the Piton de la Fournaise. This huge volcano rising to 2632 meters above sea level is the real star of the island. Erupting from it is a beautiful flamboyant orange sight that every tourist can enjoy if they are visiting Reunion island at the right time.
Lose yourself in the random streets of St. Denis and St. Paul market to enjoy the good mood of its Creole inhabitants, and taste the delights like exotic fruits that grow all year. Walking lovers in the meanwhile can find their happiness in Cilaos, Mafate and Salazie.
The industrial site of Bois-Rouge is the site not to be missed in Saint André to learn more about the different methods for manufacturing alcohol and sugar cane. For a change of scenery, the Piton Maido and the Grand Brûlé are essential places to visit.
Exoticism and adventure to the island of Reunion!
Formerly known as Bourbon Island, the island of Reunion is home to stunning countryside popular with adventurers and nature lovers.
Until 1666, the island is deserted; the few Dutch, English or Portuguese did stopped there to stock up on food and water. Gradually, the French settled there with servants coming from Madagascar, the large neighboring island, giving birth to the first mestizo children.
The East India Company, which managed the island, introduced the cultivation of coffee, clove and the nutmeg, by growing the population consisting of slaves.
Bourbon Island named by the French in honor of the royal family, will change its name several times. It will be called Bonaparte Island then resume its present name of Reunion in 1848.
The Reunion Island is a wonderful blending of several peoples: the Malagasy, French of the metropolis, Indians, Africans, Arabs and Chinese. This cultural diversity is seen and felt in culture and gastronomy, mixture of Creole, Indian and African dishes. This melting pot of different communities cohabit in various religious practices, which give rise to colorful events during holidays.
Thus, “Kafir” (descendants of slaves or indentured laborers African and Malagasy) are generally Catholics, “zarabs” (Indian Muslims) practice a moderate Islam, the “Malbars” (descendants of workers engaged in the southern India) Hinduism, the “zoreils” (metropolitan French) and “Yab” (high white ones) are of Christian obedience … But of course, all these communities tend to mix, so that we can really distinguish the origin of a Reunion!
We can attend, in November, the Hindu festival of lights, “Deepavali” with ceremonies and parades everywhere on the island, musical celebrations on the day of the feast of the Abolition of Slavery on December 20 and on the day of the Chinese year in January … This period is also the best time to go to the island of Réunion; The climate is tropical and, delicious, tropical fruits are in abundance! April is the best month of the year: 28 degrees on average and shows for the Tamil New Year.
If you go in July and August, you may have the opportunity to attend the spectacular “walking on fire,” which is a Hindu ceremony no more celebrated in India but still alive on the island of Reunion.
Reunion island is also an impressive variety of landscapes which covers 2500km2: white sand beaches and volcanic gray rocks, sun, sea and lagoon, fabulous mountains, white water, waterfalls, forests, volcano … A paradise for sportsmen, hikers and followers of idleness of all kinds!
Admire the Niagara waterfall, 25 meters high and swim in the pool from which it flows, have a picnic in the company of locals who spend their weekends hiking in the Plain des Kaffres, try climbing the Piton des Neiges and climb the Piton de la Fournaise! For the less athletic, Reunion offers beautiful beaches, like that of Boucan Canot, valued for its waves and fishing grounds and the Grande Anse.
For gastronomy lovers, it is impossible to miss the famous Bourbon vanilla grown on the island which is certainly the best in the world. Do not hesitate and taste the rum (in moderation!) And Creole dishes (chicken curry, rougails, samousas cakes and other sweet potatoes …) Unforgettable!
You are probably already conquered by the evocation of this remote island in the Indian Ocean … Meanwhile you can already discover another island only half an hour from the island of Réunion: Mauritius, which is equally wonderful!Have a nice trip on Reunion Island!
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