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Located 9200 km from Paris in the Mascarene Archipelago, the island of Reunion, former French colony called “Bourbon” is displayed as one of the most unique areas of the departments and regions oversea. Reunion, usually called “intense island” is not a tropical island like others because it offers travelers a concentrate of what the world’s best. With over 40% of the island classifies as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it is one of the few destinations where you will experience many emotions in a single trip.

The lagoon

Vibrate through the conquest of the ocean in an exotic snorkeling outing or an intense diving expedition. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of coral reefs and their uncountable colorful fish species. For lovers of water sports, it is a haven of happiness with activities such as surfing, canyoning, snow sports, deep sea fishing …

The Circuses

And since between land and sea it is only a step, discover a rich nature with spectacular reliefs containing an extraordinary tropical garden with endemic fauna and flora. Reunion has many treasures including the three natural amphitheaters shaped by erosion – Piton des Neiges, the highest peak in the Indian Ocean. Cilaos, mineral circus; Mafate, wild circus and Salazie, green circus. A timeless setting allowing nature lovers to marvel at the grandiose views of the island, either through a successful ride in the mystical forest or a hike in the immensity of ramparts and breathtaking waterfalls. For more intensity, fly over the island by helicopter and discover the island through a bird’s eye.

The Volcano

Surprise yourself with the panorama of the volcanic massif in penetrating the heart of the Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. During your meteoric rise, experience the extraordinary experience of the Plaines des Sables filled with slag, into a lunar and desert landscape.

Here is an exciting adventure that awaits you. An open-air paradise that allows you to spend your time to experience a multitude of sensations. With its infinite charm, exotic sweetness, warm atmosphere, lush nature, let yourself be carried away by the magic of this unique island.

Mountain Island nestled in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Réunion is an island like no other. Like any tropical island, there are of course the inevitable lagoon and coral reef, favorite playground of colorful fish and other divers. But this overseas department is primarily a land of volcanoes. The Piton de la Fournaise and Mafate are natural wonders recognized worldwide.

While walking there, all of our senses awaken, the smell of vanilla and singing tec-tec complementing the beautiful picture that unfolds before your eyes. Mixture of France and elsewhere, Reunion, we can never say it enough, is made of contrasts and interbreeding. And this exoticism is reflected everywhere on the island. Here “zwa de viv”(Pleasures of life) and pleasures of taste buds will be the basis for a successful holiday in the creole island … One word: enjoy!

Beaches of Reunion Island

Reunion Island offers no less than 22 km of remarkably well-preserved lagoons, where anyone can enjoy themselves in complete serenity or enjoy swimming, snorkelling, kayaking in a vessel and even paddleboarding…  This magnificent island in the Southern hemisphere invites you to relax on its warm, sandy beaches, in an exceptional setting. With its turquoise waters protected by a 30 km long coral reef, the lagoons of Reunion Island will guarantee you can swim safely. The clear waters of Reunion Island’s lagoon means that the visibility is great for discovering the shoals of multi-coloured fish, that you will meet while snorkeling or diving around the island.

The most beautilful beaches of Reunion are located on the Southern and the western coasts of the island. All year long, many Reunionese go to relax on the various beached. Boucan-Canot, a real paradise for surfers, in Roches Noires (Black rocks), is an outstanding beach of white sand where the color of the water is the one you only find in the Indian Ocean.

Other beaches we recommend are Saint Leu, Etang Salé, Saint Pierre, Grand Anse or Manapany les Bains. We must admit that the ambient temperature is rather cool in the summertime (an average of 30 degrees) and in the wintertime (an average of 26 degrees).

The landscapes of the coasts are varied. You will realise that a sudden change in relief can occur – from white sand to black rocks cliffs. While strolling these cliffs, one can see “souffleurs” (blowers). These are holes in the cliff where the sea water enters and makes big white geysers. When you get nearer to Saint Pierre (south of the island), the sea becomes a dark blue and the Vacoas makes it even wilder. The leaves of the Vacoas trees are used to make bags, baskets and various other stuffs… Finally, going east, the cliffs come back and there you will be marveled at the beautiful waterfalls that stream down the cliffs – among them, in Sainte Suzanne, you will have the opportunity to contemplate the Niagara Falls.

Reunion Island waterfall

10 REASONS TO GO TO REUNION ISLAND

– Discover this veritable Garden of Eden, a paradise for 1st explorers.

– Pacing the heart of the island, with its arduous mountains, primeval forests, deep ravines and its lunar plains …

– Marvel at the beauty of circuses (Salazie, Cilaos and Mafate) which are landlocked in the heart of the island.

– In search of the best views of the island. Photographers, experienced or not, will be in heaven there.

– Visit the beautiful traditional buildings of old large plantations, historic buildings inherited from the East India Company or the rum distilleries.

– Enjoy a varied gastronomy and culture of authentic Creole terroir. Cari (reference food) rougail, gratin chouchou, pie jujubes, and even cheeses and local wines are in the spotlight!

– Participate in a kabar (these large convivial holidays), and attempt to dance a few steps of the Sega or the Maloya.

– Discover the hospitality of the islanders.

Have fun in Reunion!

reunion aerialWelcome 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.

Reunion Diversity

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: Unique!

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! 

We strongly recommend Hotel le Saint Pierre Reunion to complement your fantastic sejour with a great hotel!

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Mauritius and Reunion island, also known as Sister Island, makes up the Mascarene island. Choosing between Reunion Island and Mauritius may seem like a hard job, but if you start considering what you like, need and what your priorities are, you will come up with the best choice for your vacation.

Here is an easy guideline that points out some basic information about these two amazing tropical islands. Reunion Island vs Mauritius. Which one will you pick?

Reunion Island: Intense Island

What is most surprising is when the aircraft lands! Taking the 30 degrees and humid air in your face, makes you realize that you are on a tropical island. If you are from France or a French speaking country there is no drastic change, the official language is French, they use the same currency and they drive the same way.

The first things to do in Reunion Island, just to identify well the locations, the helicopter ride. It remains an unparalleled experience. The Reunion Island is a volcanic island and is very mountainous in the center and a helicopter ride is the best way to visit the interior of the island. There are three circuses each having their peculiarities.

It’s many circuses and mountains are its greatest features and allows one to enjoy intense sports such as: paragliding, mountain walk, hiking, zip lines, the list goes on …

One of the most Active Volcanoes…

The volcano is one ‘must see’ in Reunion Island. It is actually one of the most still active volcanoes in the world. Fortunately it is not dangerous and during an eruption only a few slow spits of lava flows. It is a lunar desert landscape that awaits you at Piton de la fournaise. Walking on the solidified lava flow is impressive.

Reunion is a beautiful island that combines fun, volcanic mountains and green tourism. The island enjoys a warm and sunny climate all year round. Moreover, the culture of the region is different from what you find band the experience is definitely worth it.

To visit in Reunion

– Circuses (Mafate, Salazie, Cilaos), Piton des Neiges, Piton de la Fournaise

– Hiking Trails

– Horse, bike, 4 x 4, golf

– Saint-Leu (diving), Saint-Gilles, Boucan-Canot

– Deep sea fishing, surfing

Agenda of the festivities

– The procession of Cavadee called Thaipoosam Cavade late January-early February: festival celebrated by the Tamil community on the island, dedicated to a deity Mourouga

– Leu Tempo Festival in Saint-Leu, early May: concerts, jugglers shows, carnival parades, shows all over town

– Festival of guava and milk products, Plaine des Palmistes, two days in late June: event around the guava, tastings of local products, culinary competitions, exhibitions and free concerts

– The Deepavali early November: Festival of Lights

– The Pandiale, from December to January, in St. Paul- walking on hot coals.

Pros:

– An “active” tourism (hiking, sports) and a “passive” tourism (lazy) that combine very well

– A favorable climate all the time.

Cons:

– The scarcity of architectural remains and the relative weakness of the “beautiful beach” argument

– The sharp rise in air fares in peak season

– Insecurity in aquatic environments due to the many shark attacks.

Mauritius: It’s a Pleasure

The little gem of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius has an ideal climate offering breathtaking landscapes. Mauritius has beautiful white sand beaches that surround the coastline of 320 km. Discover the azure lagoon and its coral reef at your own pace during diving sessions or meet with the dolphins while cruising around the island. When you get inland, you will discover the second facet of the island: its pronounced relief where one can discover many mountains, fresh water waterfalls, and ancient dormant volcanoes. The interior invites you to discover new colors and intoxicating scents. The mixed population, an amalgam of Europe, Africa and Asia, will surprise you with its warmth and hospitality.

Best beaches in the World!

Mauritius won the title of best beaches in the world three times. Difficult to do better? In addition, Mauritius has won several other titles in the Indian Ocean, such as best wedding destination, and best port. It has been nominated in various categories such as best global honeymoon destination.

 

 

Festival Calendar in Mauritius

– January or February: Thaipoosam Cavadee (Tamil festival: pilgrims wear the cavadee a wooden arch covered with flowers and offerings to elevate their souls );

– February: Eid al-Adha (Muslim holiday to commemorate the sacrifice of Prophet Abraham); Chinese new year

– December to February: Teemeedee or “fire walking” (Tamil festival of purification);

– February-March: Maha Shivaratree, pilgrimage to the sacred lake of Grand Bassin (Hindu festival that lasts four days);

– February or March: Holi, or “festival of colors” (Hindu festival of the vernal equinox, glorifying fertility and love);

– August or September: Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu festival for the anniversary of the birth of the god Ganesh);

– Night of 8 to 9 September: Festival of Blessed Father Laval, which mobilizes Mauritians of all faiths;

– October or November: Divali (Hindu festival to celebrate the victory of light over darkness spiritual);

– November 15: Eid al-Fitr (Muslim festival for the end of Ramadan).

Must See in Mauritius

– Black River Gorges- Largest nature reserve of the island

– Trou Cerfs- Dormant volcano in the centre of the Island

– Grand Bassin- Sacred lake where you can admire one of the tallest statue of the Indian Ocean

– Casela Adventure Park

– Ile Aux Cerfs

– Port Louis Market

– Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

– Chateau Labourdonnais

Pros :

– An active tourism policy, which guarantees more facilities in a strict respect of the environment;

– The benefits of a duty free zone for purchases such as jewelry, textiles, electronic equipment;

– The recent diversification of air transport to temper prices in this area.

– The amazing sand beaches and turquoise water lagoons

– The coral reef going around the whole island.

– Cultural diversity

Cons:

– Mauritius has a more expensive accommodation than its neighbors

Verdict!

The two sister islands each have their charm and personality. No island is more beautiful than the other! It all depends on your desires. Some prefer green tourism and other white sandy beaches. For my part I remain faithful to my Mauritius although I envy the mountains and circuses of Reunion Island.

Well, whichever the island you choose enjoy your holidays and don’t forget that you can combine a visit of both islands for your next holidays!

moutains reunion

Reunion Island has long been on the list of top destinations to visit in Africa. Reunion Island has everything to fit your travel budget and preferences. While you’re there, be sure to explore the different regions, including Reunion, Saint-Pierre, Saint-Paul. Oh and whatever you do, Saint-Leu, Cilaos are great cities to visit.

The Typical Reunionese Cuisine

Reunionese cuisine is another variation of Creole Cuisine. It is simple, familiar, tasty and spicy. Even the most demanding palates will be delighted with the large number of dishes that are on offer. Reunionese cuisine is a mix of Indian, Chinese, Malagasy and French flavors. The traditional cooking style have beem passed on by the elders through generations.

Many Chinese and Indian specialties are regularly cooked in Reunion families and are served as aperitif. The samosas are crisp and triangular in shape, stuffed with meat or fish. Creole appetizers that are most enjoyed in Reunion remains the “Bouchon”- steamed meatballs wrapped in rice dough.

Carry and Rougaille are the two most common culinary preparations you will see on the dining tables of Reunionese. These can be prepared without difficulty.

Local markets of the Island

You want to taste the fruits, vegetables and other local products of Reunion? Take your cart and discover the authentic markets of the island!

Covered markets

The covered markets are mostly visited by tourists and locals. There you will find fruits, vegetables, spices and crafts (woven baskets, statutes, pots, pestles …) from Madagascar at very reasonable prices.

The street markets

These are open-air markets, that can be found all around the island of Reunion. You’ll find all kinds of local products: culinary (samoussas, plugs, chili candy …), spices, handicrafts, flowers, meat and fish, vegetables and fruit. Do not miss the famous Marché Forain du chaudron located in Saint-Denis!

Discovering the local rum

The blending of culture in Reunion is also reflected in his rum, synonymous with sharing, hospitality and friendliness.

Rum, on the island of Reunion, is an essential element as an aperitif, during a big event or family meet up. Reunionese savor rum with family or friends during a warm and friendly moment!

Rum also has another function: It has medicinal virtues! A mixture of rum and medicinal plants helps cure certain diseases and infections. So do not be surprised if you hear someone call rum “medicaman” in Creole! The most famous rum is Rum Charette.

Discover the beaches of the island of Reunion

Reunion has many beaches that invite you to swimming and diving. Lined with either white or black sand, lined with coconut palms and casuarina trees, they are all heavenly! During your holiday in Reunion, you can choose from the many beaches the island has to offer.

Saint Paul Beach

St. Paul’s Bay is an immense black sand beach where you will find peace and tranquility. An ideal place for lovers of sailing or fishing.

Saint-Gilles Beach

Named the little “Saint-Tropez” of Reunion, this beach of white sand, coconut palms and turquoise sea offers an intimate setting for everyone to enjoy unparalleled relaxation.

Boucan Canot Beach

Here is yet another popular beach of Reunion. Appreciated by all, Boucan Canot is ideal for fans of thrilling activities and anyone in search of relaxation.

Hermitage and Trou d’Eau Beaches

The beaches of Hermitage and Trou d’Eau at La Saline are heavenly places for bathers: white sand, transparent lagoons surrounded by casuarinas. Guests can enjoy non-motorized water sports by renting pedal boats, kayaks and surfboards.

Saint-Leu Beach

You will enjoy the wilder side of the beaches of Saint-Leu. They are very nice and tranquil as they are uncrowded during week days.

Etang-Salé Beach

This spot differs from others due to its original basaltic black sand beaches like the beach of Bassin Pirogue. Water sports enthusiasts will appreciate the big waves of these spots- mostly the surfers!

Saint Pierre

In Saint Pierre there is something for everyone- You can enjoy swimming, surfing, sunbathing, eating with the family, jet-ski and enjoy the beautiful white sand and its large lagoon.

Grand Anse

Located in the commune of Petite Ile, the Grand Anse beach is another beautiful beach of the island of Reunion. A white sandy beach, surrounded by coconut trees.

Discover Mafate Circus- Where everything remains suspended in time…

Mafate is a marvel to behold. It is best to spend the weekend to fully enjoy the atmosphere, land and travel several paths. Sleep at the cottage, enjoy a nice dinner, often accompanied with punch and rum. Enjoy the silence, enjoy the view, breathe the fresh air.

Here we are in another world, a world without cars, without noise (except when the music resounds throughout the valley), a peaceful world where you can enjoy simple things and it feels good!

The Piton de la Fournaise

The Piton de la Fournaise offers regular spectacular eruptions for the pleasure of the tourists and locals! Go to the discovery of the secrets of one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The island of Reunion is known to be volcanic and mountainous. It has two large volcanoes, the Piton des Neiges and the Piton de la Fournaise which is still active.

The Piton de la Fournaise was formed more than 500 000 years ago. It has two main crater in its center, the Dolomieu and Bory. Most eruptions occur in a location that is not inhabited, thus they do not represent a real danger to the Reunion people.

You can easily access the Piton de la Fournaise volcano by road, specially built to observe the fabulous fireworks at the edge of the enclosure. Many hiking routes of all levels are offered to visitors. You can also explore the volcano on mountain bike.

Enjoy wonderful holidays in Reunion!

Read the article in French here

Reunion island

Reunion floats right in the Indian Ocean and is the most southern region of Europe. The volcanic island is a French overseas department and a paradise for fans of trekking and outdoor activities of all kinds. Giant craters and chains of vertiginous mountains rise above the wild valleys and abundant jungle. The mighty waters of the falls came to rest in deep rivers. The hotels and restaurants of this island paradise have western standards and the currency is the Euro. But those are the minor reasons why Reunion is an ideal destination for your next holidays- here are the major ones:

1. Running and walking

Hiking and climbing the peaks of the island are an unparalleled experience. Le Piton des Neiges, an inactive volcano which is the highest peak on the island can be climbed during a two-day trek through breathtaking landscapes. Going directly from the parking Bloc, where you leave your car to borrow a small path winding through a tropical forest to the highest point in the region. The green valley, basin of Mafate Circus is located on the foothills of the Piton des Neiges and is a very accessible hiking site.

The landscape will remind you of the fantastic world described by Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings with its steep peaks, wooded slopes and numerous waterfalls. On the same path you will come across the Piton de la Fournaise volcano crater at a height of 2,621 meters. It wakes up every two years and is, therefore, one of the most active volcanoes on the planet. A trek to the summit takes you through the lava field of the Plaine des Sables and its incredible colors of very dark black to light brown- a lunar-like environment.

2. Diving with or without bottle

Reunion is surrounded by more than 250 kilometers of coastline and offers many diving spots where you can contemplate tropical coral reefs and fish of all colors. One of the most popular spots is located in St-Gilles-les-Bains, where several diving centers organize expeditions to the underwater world. Only a few hundred meters from the coast lies an underwater canyon covered with spectacular corals. Leopard moray eels, clown fish and groupers inhabit this unknown world made possible by recurring lava flows.

Next to the 25 km-long barrier reef to the west and south of the island lies the wreck of the pirate ship of Antonio Lorenzo, not far from the village of St. Paul. Saint Leu also attracts diving enthusiasts but due to strong and unpredictable currents, sufficient experience is needed.

3. Parachuting and helicopter tour

Reunion island was included in the natural heritage of humanity by UNESCO in 2010 and you can witness some fantastic scenery from the sky. A helicopter ride over the island provides a mixture of excitement and enjoyment of nature. After a few minutes above the coast of the Indian Ocean, the flight continues over the interior of the island and its untouched nature. In front of you lies a jungle reminding you of the movie Jurassic Park, with extensive forested valleys, waterfalls and towering cliffs.

The water falls from a height of 300 meters in Trou Fer. Hovering over the Piton des Neiges at 3071 meters and the gorges of Cilaos and Mafate is simply wonderful. Paragliding enthusiasts will turn to Paragliding Reunion. The gliding school offers tandem flights over the lagoon of Saint Leu and ending with a spectacular landing on the beach.

4. Canyoning and Rafting

Canyoning in Reunion is an unforgettable experience. With other participants, you follow the river, slide in small narrow canyons and jump into natural pools. In the gorges of Cilaos and Saint Susanne are organized canyoning expeditions supervised by experienced guides. Completely equipped by organizers, you discover untouched places and experience a great adventure. The paradise for rafting fans is to the east of the volcanic island.

Clear as crystal rivers and impressive rapids give you incredible sensations on your inflatable boat. The favorite spot rafting is on the River Porpoises in Saint Benoit. On the course you can enjoy bananas, mangoes and wild papaya. The wetsuit is provided by the organizers.

5. Surfing in Reunion

Surf enthusiasts will find shelter in the west of the island. Many small villages and idyllic lagoons offer ideal conditions for bodysurfers and windsurfers. The central point is the former fishing village Saint Leu. The main attraction of this coast is its wave, “The Left”, recognized as the best in the world. Even for experienced surfers, it represents a real challenge.

Other surf spots are located in Trois-Basin and Saint-Gilles-les-Bains. Their regular waves and ideal wind conditions also allow beginners to have fun. All equipment is provided by the many surf schools dotted along the beaches. Courses are also offered for all levels.

6. Horseback riding in Reunion

Expeditions on horseback in Reunion will take you to the summit of craters, on tropical beaches and spectacular valleys. Around the Grand Etang lake, you will discover forested mountains and abundant vegetation. The bridle paths will direct you to the edge of amazing rock formations on the edge of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano in the South of the Island and the three grooves formed at the bottom of the Piton des Neiges, trails through pristine rainforests.

The smell of vanilla and papaya fills the air in many places and you can pick ripe fruit directly from your mount. The majority of riding clubs Reunion offers day tours or half day with experienced instructors.

7. Breathtaking Scenery!

You will obvisouly be fascinated by the breathtaking scenery Reunion island has to offer. The beaches, the mountains (peaks as they say here), ponds and rivers, the volcano and its surroundings. There’s something for everyone, both for sportsmen and less athletic persons. The island did not steal his nickname of intense Island with the multitude of activities to enjoy; paragliding, surfing, scuba diving, canyoning, quad biking, tree climbing, …

8. Relaxing.

No sports for a sub? Just want to laze on the beach? Many beaches in Reunion will meet your wishes! It is on the West Coast that you will come across the most beautiful beaches and small restaurants with their feet in the warm sand. The lagoon of Les Saline, Hermitage and the beach of St. Pierre allows for a swim in safety with water at 28 °, and colorful fish which will tickle your toes!

For fans of gliding, many spots for surfing and kite surfing are available to you, be careful anyway to be alert to safety instructions.

9. A culture that will tempt your taste buds and your eyes!

Reunion is an island where all the cultures and colors blend. You will come across Tamil temples, Chinese pagodas, mosques and churches. This blending of cultures is also reflected in the plates. The specialties; the curry, samosas, sweets peppers, rougaille and coco candies … all accompanied by a punch or rum.

Not to mention the music and dance Pei, Sega and Maloya!

10. All year round destination!

It is good to visit Reunion at any time of the year. The high temperatures cover the months of January to March but it is also the period of cyclones and heavy rains, it is not rare that the island is hit by a cyclone earlier during the year. For warm but less stuffy temperatures, you should opt for the months of September to December and from April to June and for winter lovers, it will be from June to August. Winter remains the best season to visit the island since this is also the season of whales.

Have an Intense holiday on the Intense island of Reunion!

Piton de la Fournaise Reunion Island Reunion Island is a little piece of France, with a tropical climate, situated in the Indian Ocean. The island has built an international reputation for ecotourism and is usually nicknamed the Intense Island. Covering an area of, approximately, ​​2500 square kilometers, this magnificent island of the Indian Ocean is full of natural beauty and amazing sights that you can discover through various activities!

What to see in Reunion?

What you will come across is an assortment of colors and live performances in Reunion– with its multi-cultural society and diversified cultures. From exquisite beaches to towering peaks, the island offers real examples of lush nature. It would take two or three trips to the island to really enjoy it. If you plan to visit Reunion soon, this can be a real headache to plan your vacation. So here are some of the most beautiful spots on the island of Reunion that you should visit during your holidays!

Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion

Piton de la Fournaise is one of the world’s most famous volcanoes and you will have the chance to visit it during your holidays in Reunion. With an average of one eruption every year, it remains one of the few active volcanoes as well as one of the most active in the world. The Piton de la Fournaise volcano is  a typical basaltic shield volcano; when it is active, it simply pours lava but never explodes. The volcano rises to a height of 2000 meters above the sea and is rooted to some 4000 meters below the sea. This is one of the main attractions of Reunion Island! If you have chosen hiking as method to visit the volcano, you have to know that it is pretty rough. Yet, the site attracts thousands of visitors every year and the effort is worth it. The site is very well secured.  While being cautious, you can enjoy a magnificent view of this millennium volcano. The hike to see the volcano is a five hours walk.

Calderas, Reunion

The three calderas you will come across in Reunion are Cilaos, Mafate and Salazi. Calderas forming a giant clover proudly stand at the heart of Reunion. The area where the calderas stand covers over 40% of the island of Reunion and the entire site is classified World Heritage by UNESCO.

Cirque de Mafate

Mafate is the wildest of the three calderas. Mafate is rather special because the circus is covered with lush vegetation and countless waterfalls. It can only be reached by foot or helicopter. With over 140 miles of trails and rentals, Mafate is a paradise for hiking lovers. Mafate is accessible from the city of St. Paul and the other calderas, Salazie and Cilaos. In any case, it takes a minimum of four hours of walking for an average hiker to reach that spot.

Cilaos, Reunion

Cilaos is a living example of why Reunion is described as “intense island” with its wild nature and lush vegetation. This small village of just 2500 inhabitants is perched at over 1200 meters of altitude. Cilaos is the perfect place to practice extreme sports and experience unparalleled sensations. Followers of Mountaineering from around the world never missed the chance to experience such moments of intense feeling while some simply enjoy the stunning views overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Cirque de Salazie, Reunion

Although Salazie is accessible by road, most visitors still prefer hiking to enjoy a great show while enjoying the smell of untouched nature. Salazie has the most beautiful waterfalls of the island, especially, “The veil of the Bride,” one of the many hidden treasures of Reunion. The hike of Salazie begins with the small village of Hell-Bour, where you can enjoy the colonial Creole houses.

Trou de Fer, Reunion

The ‘Trou de Fer’ is one of the most beautiful sites of the island of Reunion. This canyon is over 800 meters deep in which you will enjoy a stunning amalgam of beautiful waterfalls. There are even waterfalls that are almost the height of the Eiffel Tower. The ‘Trou de Fer’ is a majestic place to indulge in canyoning; you still need to be very good as to go down the entire canyon it can take up to at least three days. In any case, whether  you’ve chosen to visit the spot through canyoning, helicopter or microlight, contemplating the “Trou de Fer” is a real privilege.

Saint Gilles, Reunion

The city of Saint-Gilles is the most popular town of the island. It’s hot in Saint-Gilles, very hot! Here the temperature never drops below 22 ° C and at times it can go up to 35 ° C. In fact, the city of Saint-Gilles is on the west coast of Reunion and is also called the leeward coast, sheltered from the winds. A hot and humid tropical climate similar to that of Mexico, that coincides with the presence of majestic beaches, which will certainly conquer your hearts. With half a dozen beaches, Saint-Gilles is the seaside Town of Reunion Island. Here everything is hurtling towards tourism and the sea. To make those holidays of yours perfect, a swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean awaits you there- where you will enjoy the most beautiful beaches of Saint-Gilles.

Hermitage Beach, Reunion

Hermitage Beach is the longest beach of Reunion with powdery glistening sand. Coconuts to seek shade and transparent azure lagoon; everything is there to have a good time at the water’s edge. The islanders gather there during weekends to spend Sunday with the family at the seaside, but on weekdays, the beach is fairly deserted.

Boucan Canot Beach, Reunion

The Boucan Canot Beach is located near the town of Saint-Gilles. Due to its prime location, the beach is very popular with tourists and even with the Reunionese. With its white sand and fairly deep water, this beach remains ideal for swimming and diving. Several small charming hotels like Archipel Residence, Hotel Les Creoles or Residence Tropic are not far from the beach and are ideal hotels to spend awesome holidays in the Seychelles. Reunion is a colourful destination that offers a multitude of sensation to travelers. Enjoy beautiful Holidays in Reunion Island! See you on the island!