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Plaine des Cafres is a village in the commune of Le Tampon. It is located in the north-east of the town of Le Tampon, on National Road 3 just after the village Saint-Benoît.

Plaine des Cafres is indeed a village but it is also the appellation of the higher plateau of Reunion Island, which is located between the Piton des Neiges massif and that of Piton de la Fournaise. This plateau is separated from the Plaine des Palmistes by the Bellevue Pass, which culminates at 1,630 meters above sea level. To the west, it overlooks the enclosed valley formed by the Bras de la Plaine and its tributary, the Bras de Sainte-Suzanne. To the east, it dominates the one dug by a tributary of the Riviere des Remparts. To the south, it opens on the rest of the municipality which is much more urbanized.

Plaine des Cafres is a region which is rich in crops and pastures thanks of course to a very fertile soil and a cool and humid climate. In addition to the geranium that grows up to 1,200 meters of altitude on the side of Notre Dame de la Paix and Grand and Petit Tampon, crops grown are mainly potatoes and some early fruits. Livestock farming has become an important resource; most of the cattle raised in Reunion Island are at Plaine des Cafres, which is the center of milk production on the island. The good air of Plaine des Cafres attracts many families during the holidays and throughout the year. It is also the stopping point of tourists before ascending the Piton de la Fournaise.

History of Plaine des Cafres

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Bory de Saint-Vincent gave in 1801 an explanation on the name Plaine des Cafres:

“The name of Plaine des Caffres normally comes from a large band of black slaves who inhabited it and who often descended to plunder dwellings by the ravine that still bears their name.”

Plaine des Cafres takes its name from one of the oldest ethnic groups on the island. The “Caffres” are Africans imported as slaves, originating from the present Mozambique and surroundings. But today, “Cafre” refers to the whole black population of Reunion. The “Caf Caf” on 20 December is the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Reunion Island.

When it came to colonizing the plains in 1851, the Administration distributed concessions to the Plaine des Cafres in order to develop livestock. These regions, however, were not favoured by those who sought land to settle. For 110 concessions to be given, there were only 43 petitioners, among whom P. Reilhac, Forgel Hoarau, Roussel, Toussaint Hoarau, Armanet and Bois Joli Pottier, who were pioneers of the plain, explained the reasons for this lack of eagerness.

1860: Plaine des Cafres has become in recent years, the country of the cultures and the breeding of the Livestock. It makes cheese, butter as in Switzerland or in Normandy and in the middle of its green meadows one can drink its milk. Its vegetables and especially its potatoes are of the finest qualities “.

The newcomers were mainly interested in animal rearing. Herds of oxen, mules, sheep and horses were spread over the territory between Bois Court and Piton Bleu, La Rivière de l’Est and Notre Dame de la Paix, which were accessible only by foot until 1920. The breeding of Horses and mules were successfully performed for a few years, especially that of racehorses, some of which have remained famous: Verdun, Zélie. It was at Plaine des Cafres that all the mules of the island were born, which rendered so many services for the carriages. Until the last war it was customary to see convoys of mules going down from the plain to the factories and all the settlements on the coast.

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Around 1884, Bois Joli Pottier was interested in researching new crops for Réunion Island, and particularly perfume plants and geranium. He made trials of distillation of this fragrant plant, his descendants told how the whole family participated, supervising, 24 hours a day, the still, helping to the discovery that was to open Réunion Island in an era of prosperity.

Bois Joli himself abandoned his pastures and fields from the higher places which gave him so much trouble to plant geranium in the lower parts of his estates. He installed a large still, where now is the Church of Plaine des Cafres. At his example, everyone abandoned their crops and livestock for geranium.

The region was attached to Saint-Pierre by a decree of 13 June 1873, since 1920, it forms part of the commune of Tampon.The production of geranium Rosat prospered in the past but kept constantly decreasing as the years passed. Thus Plaine des Cafres returned mainly to the breeding and the agriculture.Local Show at La Plaine des Cafres.Every January, Plaine des Cafres organizes an agricultural fair called Miel Vert (Green Honey). The first edition of this great festival of agriculture dates back to1983. It was organized in the 23rd km of Plaine-des-Cafres. A festival with many exhibitors of animals, cattle, goats, rabbits, poultry, pigs, rabbits, horses… Every year, Green Honey designates its queen. The election of Miss Plaine-des-Cafres.

The reunion island is a small island which is ideally situated in the south east of the Indian Ocean, 700 kilometres off the Madagascar island. Long ago the so call reunion island was addressed as Ile Bourbon which is a very weird name. The reunion island is considered as the best place to have a perfect holiday, make the ideal choice and spent your best holiday away from the northern hemisphere.

The reunion island is a mixture of Indian, Chinese, African and European culture. The wonderful island has been discovered by the Portuguese in the year 1513. Between the 17th and the 19th centuries, the French immigration brought slaves from different countries such asAfrica, china, Malaysia and India to work. It was at that period at time that the ethnic mix were created fortunately, now it is what makes the beauty of the reunion island.

The nice and peaceful atmosphere is the perfect place to relax after a long year of working. Enjoy the warm and comfortable temperature you are blessed with, the beautiful volcanic landscape is simply a unique feature of the reunion island. You will get the chance to watch over mesmerising sandy beaches, wonderful landscapes and mountain paths.
The island is generally divided by 6 regions which are the Northern part, the east, the sunny east, the Big City, the three circuses and lastly the plains. The capital city of the island is Saint- Denis, however there are 7 mort cities which are: le Port and La Possession (2 biggest industrial ports of the island. Saint Gilles is where all white sandy beaches are located while Saint Leu is a perfect surfing spot. Etang Sale is where black volcanic sand beaches are found. Saint Benoit is the plantation of vanilla corner and factories and lastly Saint- Paul is the perfect spot to find nightclubs and hotels.

It is said that visit the island of reunion mean traffic jam and its true! But you can overcome this, there is always a solution, you just have to know when and how to travel. The national road are usually doubled-lane but all of the rest of the roads are usually smaller and are of one lane.You may use transportation such as taxis, bus, Car or why not by hiking?

By Taxi- hiring a taxi on the Reunion Island might cost you a lot of funds, especially if you take taxis from the airport. For only a 7 kilometres trip you might have to pay around 30 dollars.
By Bus- the intercity buses can be easily recognised from a distance as they are all of yellow colour. There are actually 13 lines of the intercity bus travel buses, the rest are only local buses and they can be any colour. The buses operate only between 6 Am to 6 Pm. You may go to any places on the island with the bus and most importantly you will save more money as the bus fare is at reasonable prices.

By Car-there is only a main road on the island with 4 lane which 2 alternative lane go to the same direction and the 2 other goes to the opposite direction and then there are other road from saint Benoit to Saint Pierre which go through the interior of the island.
During peak seasons, car are not what is recommended the most because of traffic jams, or the road can also be closed because of volcanic eruption. Between December and March, due to heavy rains the four lane highway are damaged and can be dangerous, which causes the road to be closed. However if you like to be more on privacy you may hire a car and go further in your holiday.

By Hiking-the island has nearly one thousand kilometres of hiking trails, which is actually a lot of trails. There is an infinite number of astonishing landscapes in the small reunion island. As the island is small, it’s not necessary for you to punish yourself by losing your time in traffic jams, just walk to your destination! It cost no cent and you don’t have to wait a lot to move.
The reunion island have very much to discover about, exploring its magnificent mountainous scenery or perform outdoor activities. There are many of the activities and places to visit to discover to make a perfect holiday adventure!

Hiking
The most mesmerising hiking trails are the Grande Randonne offer unique and breath-taking views. The trails actually come from two different distances which one of them is shorter than the other trail. The first GR trails are at the Saint Joseph in the south after the saint Denis. These trails may take almost a week to cover as it is 130 km long trail. The second one is only some km shorter than the other one and can be covered in around 4 or 5 days.

La Cascade de Bras-Rouge

La Cascade de Bras-Rouge is ideally situated on an old path near Mafate. The reunion island is lucky that the waterfall carved out beautiful natural swimming pools. People go to La Cascade de Bras-rouge for having a one in a lifetime picnic. The water is clear and mesmerizingly. It is a nice and easy walk park with scenic view, perfect for family outing. The trail can only take around two to three hours. You don’t have to worry about getting lost as there are indicated all around the place, just follow the instructions to get to your destination.

Hermitage Beach

Beaching in the reunion island? Well, that’s a great idea to overcome stress. Just let your skin enjoy the shinning sun and let yourself get a nice tanned body! Hermitage beach is considered as the only beach of the reunion island to have coral reefs as protection. Just get a drink and enjoy the beauty or just swim in the clear crystal water. Often people usually find shades under the casuarina trees.
Make sure you visit the mesmerising island, and make the best of your holiday here! Surely, you might get stuck in the traffic jam but you will have the best holiday of your life. Start packing up your stuff and visit the reunion island!

The Reunion islands is a French department ideally situated in the Indian Ocean, 500 miles east afar the Madagascar islands. The island is popular for its mesmerising beaches, coral reefs and specially known for its volcanic and rainforest interior. Saint- Denis, the capital city of the island is the best place to shop on the island. Having an actual population of 843, 617 of inhabitant, the Reunion Islands still welcomes a thousands of tourist to visits some of the major tourist attractions. The Piton de la Fournaise however remains the major attraction of the Reunion islands. It is a massive and it is also considered as the most active volcano in the world which lastly erupted in 2014.

la fournaise reunionArriving at Reunion, you will probably think that you landed in Hawaii, based on the scenery of the volcanic islands. The huge population is a mixture of culture; there are people who are originated from Africa, European countries as well as India! Besides its volcano, let’s talk about water! The islands offer breath-taking diving and snorkelling with 150 of coral, all in different size and forms, 500 different types of fish, whales, amazing giant sea turtles and dolphins also. If you are a great fan of water activities then you will be really amazed by how mesmerising the reunion island is.

Best and worst time visit the Reunion islands

Peak season:

The peak season starts from June and end at September. It is the ideal time to visit the Reunion islands as the weather is cool and dry; you may enjoy your holiday and make the best out of it. During the peak season, the French also get their summer holiday hence they come with large number of families or friends for vacation. Hiking is a great idea during the peak season; you can walk through the part with no difficulty while enjoying the sun as the road will be dry.

Off season:

The worst time to visit the reunion island is during December! This is the time where there are the minimum person visiting the island. The temperature reaches upwards to 85 degrees and of course there are heavy rain falls and the atmosphere is always humid and the island is not pleasant to spend a holiday at. The cyclone is fully underway by this off season hence you won’t be able to do water activities as well and land activities including hiking, and mountain climbing.

Shoulder season:

The shoulder season is from April to May and in the month of October! Towards the end of the winter and the summer, the reunion island is the most beautiful place to be. All the plants become lively and the flowers blooms and bring a pleasant atmosphere! You will have the opportunity to taste some of the best tropical ripe fruits. October is when the worst season ends, you may enjoy your holiday and without a big crowd as there are least visitors during that time. Make sure you make the best decision of your vacation.

Types of accommodation in the Reunion Islands

Guest house

The guest house is probably not the best ideal to spend your holiday but depending on your budget, some desperate ones might want to opt for it. To book a guest house, you just have to contact a Reunionese which has one. The owner of the house and you will have to share the house and sometimes you may not have the privilege to a private bathroom. It is generally cheap and if you cannot afford one, you would be better off postponing your vacation until you have a more lenient budget.

Furnished flats or apartment

Furnished flats ReunionTo rent a flat or an apartment is the most cost-effective method of accommodation where you will have a full privacy as there will be no one else in the house except you and your family or your friends. You will feel more comfortable than the Guest House. This accommodation is ideal for families especially with babies while it is more expensive than the guest house. If your budget allows you then the flats or the apartment is recommended.

Bungalows, cottages and chalets-

The bungalows, cottages and the chalets are exactly like small houses where you can stay very comfortably. You will not have to interact with other person and may also party in your house without disturbing other people. In the small luxurious house you will be totally independent where you will have to make your own breakfast, lunch or dinner. However these are quite expensive, make sure you are on budget before booking your bungalow.

Hotels-

Here is the best and most comfortable place to be during your stay at the reunion islands. Book a hotel room and enjoy the luxury! You will have your bed ready and you don’t have to bother about cooking food as you will be served on time by the hotel itself. You may go out and make the best of your holiday then come back to eat. You may also get a swimming pool but you won’t be the only one using it. The hotels are rented at a reasonable price.

Villas-

The villas also are the best idea to spend your days and nights at except it cost way more than any other accommodation! As a matter of fact the villa is just like a house which is fully equipped and it has furniture all over the place. You will feel comfortable and will be in an absolute privacy. Most of the villas in the reunion islands offer a swimming pool! However you will have to do your laundry, prepare your food and do any other house chores yourself.

Things you should definitely do in the Reunion islands

Hiking-

Ile De La ReunionThe volcanoes eruptions have carved some of the most wonderful tropical landscape on earth. Hiking all way up to a mountain where magnificent scenery awaits you at the top. Take as much picture as you want to bring home souvenirs.

Visit the undersea-

From parrot fish to humpback whales, from turtles to dolphins, the undersea water of the reunion islands are paradise to snorkelers! Diving though the sea with all these species is really a great and unique feeling.

Go to a spa-

Surrender yourself to the masseuse; let the masseuse take you to another world with a luxury treatment under the shiny sun. Just relax and enjoy your spa.

Shopping-

Want to buy some gift for your family and friend? Well, the reunion islands offer many colourful handicraft product representing different cultures including the Indian, African, and Asian.

Tiptoe through the vanilla-

The reunion island is also well known for its 100 species of vanilla orchids. The nature lovers will definitely need to find a day to visit the mesmerising intense bright flora of Reunion.

By dint of battles and collisions, some of the filibusters who once foamed the waters of the Indian Ocean have amassed extraordinary fortunes, sometimes hiding them at the bottom of caves or holes dug in the sand. Drops that have turned heads to many treasure hunters. Some still desperately seek the magot …

Hidden treasure in the Indian Ocean

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July 7, 1730, St-Paul, Bourbon Island (Reunion). Olivier Levasseur, known as “La Buse”, a notorious filibuster, a sea-skiff, the terror of the Indian Ocean, climbs the scaffold. In a few seconds, he will be hung high and short at the end of a rope of hemp. Faithful to his reputation, the terrible forban cast a suspicious glance at the crowd who came to witness his torture, which is besides composed of many repentant pirates. The latter accepted the pardon offered by the King of France by signing a charter of clemency, and settled in Bourbon to live there as honest settlers.

The Buse would no doubt have also preferred to take advantage of this good fortune as his former companions in arms. Piracy was now heavily compromised in the Indian Ocean because of the harshness with which the authorities were tracking the buccaneers. But for that, he would have had to give up his fabulous treasure, the biggest loot ever collected in the history of piracy: gold, silver, diamonds and jewels carried by The Virgin of the Cape, The Portuguese flagship that he seized in 1721 with the help of his partner John Taylor. It is now estimated that the treasure would be worth more than 4.5 billion euros (177 billion rupees).

Certainly, when he was hiding on the island of Sainte-Marie off Madagascar, Levasseur had shown good faith in making the cross of Goa an enormous seven-foot gold relic set with precious stones, but he refused to separate himself from the rest of the booty. Arrested while he was flying the Medusa (a ship which was wrecked a few years later in the Mediterranean and which inspired Theodore Géricault his famous painting) in the port of Sainte-Marie, La Buse was now condemned.

“My treasure to whom will understand! “

Legend has it that, from the top of his scaffold, the rope around his neck, the pirate threw a paper in the crowd exclaiming “my treasure to whom will understand! A phrase that has aroused many passionates and years of desperate, feverish research throughout the Indian Ocean. The pirate’s paper contains a strange cryptogram …

It was not until the 1920s that the document reappeared in the Seychelles. Madame Rose Savy, a resident of Bel-Ombre, on the north coast of Mahé, discovers strange signs engraved in the rock before her property, at low tide. Animals, human shapes and drawings of various objects: a horse, a dog, a snake, an urn, a woman, a “monstrously opened eye” … Some of the signs are mentioned in the famous cryptogram (once decrypted).

Cryptogram of L Buse

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From there, the story takes a rather blurry turn. According to Charles Bourel de La Roncière, author of the book “Le flibustier mysterieux, histoire de un hidden treasure” (1934), in which is reproduced the cryptogram of La Buse, the Seychelloise would have discovered the document at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Robert Charroux, in his work “Treasures of the world, buried, walled up, engulfed” (1962), states that the document was passed on to Madame Savy by inheritance. She would indeed be the descendant of a mysterious corsair, Bernardin Nageon of L’Estang, who seems to have recovered the treasure of La Buse.

In his book, Robert Charroux reproduces the testament of Nageon de L’Estang, which makes mention of several treasures hidden in islands of the region, including Maurice and Rodrigues. One of them, allegedly buried in Rivière-La-Chaux, near Grand-Port, was allegedly discovered.

The gold fever

Some historians have expressed serious doubts about the authenticity of the cryptogram of La Buse and the testament of Nageon de L’Estang. Nevertheless, these documents triggered a treasure hunt of gigantic proportions in the Indian Ocean. For nearly a hundred years, many people, whether in Mauritius, Rodrigues, Reunion Island or Seychelles, have been looking for fabulous booty. Some have spent considerable fortunes there, sometimes even to ruin.

A former British soldier, Reginald Cruise-Wilkins, spent more than £ 30,000 between 1949 and 1977 to find the gold of Levasseur not far from the engraved stones of Madame Savy, at Mahe. He was persuaded that the booty was hidden in a cave, bought the ground, and dug the rock for a long time with dynamite and various machines. His son, John Cruise-Wilkins, continues untiringly since his father’s unfinished business. “We’ve used all kinds of machines and equipment, but I think we have to go back to the good old methods. We must enter this man’s head, “said the treasure hunter in an interview with AFP in 2010.

Flibustier Edward England, a Taylor and Levasseur acolyte, was abandoned in Mauritius in 1720 with a few companions following a Mutiny. As much obsessed with the gold of La Buse, Joseph “Bibique” Tipveau was persuaded that the booty was hidden in Reunion. He spent 30 years excavating in the Ravine-à-Malheurs, where engraved rocks were also found, before committing suicide in 1995.

Many Mauritians also sought Treasure of Levasseur and those of other filibusters. The main character of Jean-Marie Leclezio’s novel “Le chercheur d’or” is inspired by the author’s grandfather, who was a treasure hunter. In his forthcoming book “Histoires Mauriciennes”, the author Jean-Marie Chelin lists more than fifteen treasures hidden in the island by pirates. Several sites have been extensively excavated over the years, including Klondike, near Flic-en-Flac, the Souillac marine cemetery, Tamarin, Belmont, not far from Poudre d’Or. Gold has never been released despite the combined efforts of generations of researchers.

Up for a treasure hunt guys?

Blue Margouillat – Hotel Reunion

blue margouillatBlue Margouillat – Hotel Reunion

Saint-Leu is a small town on the west coast of Reunion which knows how to combine, like no other, sporting and cultural activities. Indeed, its lagoon and its beach shaded by the filaos welcome the lovers of bathing and idleness.

However, you can also practice scuba diving, golf, surfing or even paragliding for thrill seekers. Do not miss the visits to the Mascarin National Botanical Conservatory, the Stella Matutina Museum, the Pointe au Sel Salt Museum or the Kelonia Marine Turtles Observatory.

The hotel Blue Margouillat

reunion hotelOn the hillside, Blue Margouillat, named after a small lizard on the island, dominates Saint Leu Bay and is only 500 meters from the lagoon. Rising on two floors, with a turquoise-tin roof and a veranda decorated with lambrequins overlooking the sea, this charming little four-star hotel displays a careful look in every detail.

With its ocean view, it is certainly one of the prettiest creole houses of Saint-Leu combining with refined colonial charm, linen beige, mahogany and contemporary art. The panoramic view extends beyond Pointe au Sel on one side, from Pointe des Châteaux to the lagoon of the Hermitage.

The rooms

The Blue Margouillat offers 12 rooms located in the vast Creole house and 2 suites. They are adorned with unique murals by an Australian painter and have an individual terrace or a veranda overlooking the Bay of Saint Leu and the Indian Ocean.

Room capacity:

– Standard: 2 adults

– Suites: 3 adults + 1 child or 2 adults + 2 children + 1 baby

Restoration

restaurant reunionBlue Margouillat: the classic breakfast, served at the table, that completes a buffet to satisfy your desires. For dinner, immerse yourself in the reading of an original gourmet menu with dishes made with rigorously selected products highlighted by local spices.

Possible activities

Snowshoeing and contemporary art exhibitions Participation: excursions, hiking, mountain biking, jeep, 4×4, helicopter flight, scuba diving, 18-hole golf, paragliding, big game fishing, surfing, horseback riding.

Spa & Wellness

Massages and aesthetic treatments carried out by professionals directly in your rooms.

Flavors

Thanks to your breakfast formula, you will remain free of your program. Unless you wish to choose the half-board option (excluding drinks), optional with extra charge, to spend peaceful evenings in your hotel.

Sit at the table, around the pool or under the arbor, on a background of jazz. Immerse yourself in a colorful and original cuisine, based on rigorously selected products spiced up with local spices, turmeric, cotomili, cinnamon or ginger.

At the end of the day, admire the sunset while sipping your cocktail! For digestion, there is nothing like a tea, a coffee or a delicious liqueur by the pool.

Hobbies

You will not resist the call of translucent water … it is waiting for you at the pool or by the beach. Relax, forget everything and treat yourself to a massage, to live the moment!

For self-catering holidays: Travel by car!

To ensure you do not miss the island of Reunion and its treasures, we offer you an optional extra for the rental of a car of category B for the duration of your stay.

Helicopter flight: a must

Take altitude! Embark on a helicopter for a 45-minute flight and discover the must-see attractions of Reunion: the 3 circuses, Trou de Fer, Piton de la Fournaise and the Réunion coastline.

Helipass Information

To know :

– A child under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. No reduction

– One child under 2 years is not accepted.

– Maximum weight: 120 kg per passenger (same rule as in the big airline)

 

The Circus of Cilaos: mountain village and spa

Departure after breakfast.

Walk along the coastal road along the west coast towards Saint Louis. Two kilometers after Saint Leu, you will stop at the “Souffleur”. This site is a Natural curiosity: the waves formed by the swell penetrate into the cavities and splash into foam geysers! Gorgeous show.

You will also cross Saint-Louis and enter into the valley of Bras de Cilaos where you will take the famous 420 curve road, carved out of cliffs: tunnels, dizzy ramparts and verdant summits will only wonder!

Cilaos is famous for its thermal establishment, its very beautiful excursions among The Bras-Rouge waterfall or for the sportiest climbing of the Piton des Neiges, its lentils and its vineyards (the highest vineyards in France).

Stroll through the village of Cilaos.

Return to the coast, a last stop will be proposed to you in Etang-Salé, where you will be impressed by its “Gulf”, another surprise of nature around which there are many legends.

Return to the hotel around 17:00.

Tuesday: excursion to the volcano: Piton de la Fournaise

The Piton de la Fournaise, active volcano of Réunion, culminates at 2632 m.

Departure early after breakfast.

After crossing the Plaine des Cafres (high plateau 1200m), it is by a road to a beautiful and varied landscapes: green pastures, forests of cryptomérias, gentians and after a few laces, you will discover the Plaine des Sables – a true lunar desert, then you will arrive at the Pas de Bellecombe.

From its belvedere, at the edge of the enclosure you will admire the Piton de la Fournaise in all its splendor.

Return to the Plaine des Cafres and stop at the belvedere of Bois Court overlooking the valley of The Entre-Deux and the village of Grand Bassin.

Creole lunch (drinks included).

In the afternoon, visit the Saga du Rhum museum, the only museum dedicated to rum

Reunion brings you to the heart of the smallest distillery on the island with its family-business dating from 1845 and still in operation: the Isautier distillery.

Return to the hotel around 17:00.

Local life

* Meet an operator of geraniums at La Petite France: the cultivation of geranium rosat of Réunion is renowned worldwide for its perfume and its medicinal virtues, and essential oils of the highest quality are extracted from it.

Nature

* Visit the Vanilleraie of Sainte Suzanne: you can explore the plantations and the craft workshop to discover the secrets of making different varieties of vanilla.

* Walk the Garden of Perfumes and Spices: a real journey for your senses awaits you during this walk in the heart of creole flavors.

Activities

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Connaissez-vous l’ile sœur – L’ile de la Réunion ? Etant l’ile voisine de l’ile Maurice, elle est située à 175 km à l’ouest de Madagascar avec une population de 844,944 personnes en 2014. Malgré qu’elle soit un République Française, la Réunion a tendance se faire tout petit auprès des voyageurs. Rassurez-vous, l’ile de la Réunion est une ile unique, merveilleux.

Comme nous le savons déjà, l’ile de la Réunion est une ile volcanique. 3 millions d’années de cela était la naissance d’une si belle ile. L’ile néanmoins ne cesse de s’agrandir petit à petit dû à la coulée de lave initié par le Piton de la Fournaise qui est l’un des volcans des plus en éruptions du monde. Amoureux de nature et de sensations fortes, l’ile de la Réunion vous offrira une expérience incroyable.

Le Piton de la Fournaise

Découvrez la magie du volcan

En escaladant le Piton de la Fournaise, vous y trouverez un magnifique paysage lunaire avec son sol couvert de sable orange et marron et en forme de lave solidifiée. Le Piton de la Fournaise révèle un tout nouveau monde, une autre dimension, comme si vous aviez quitté la planète terre.

A 2,631m d’altitudes se trouve une caldeira formée depuis 4700 ans. Elle a une forme de U et est surnommée l’Enclos Fouqué. De plus, il y a une autre des plus anciennes qui offre deux cours d’eau avec la Plaine des Sables au centre.

En outre, les caldeiras ont émergé de la chambre magmatique du volcan, créant ainsi d’énormes falaises. Il faut aussi noter que si ces falaises s’effondrent, il pourrait y avoir des méga tsunamis mais il faut juste espérer que cela n’arrive jamais.

Tout en bas du volcan, un décor sublime de la côte du Sud Sauvage qui offre une vue sur la végétation des alentours et des falaises basaltiques et le bleu intense de l’Océan Indien. En quittant le volcan, vous pourrait aussi rendre visite à la Cite Du Volcan qui est un refuge en cas de pluie ou si le sommet du volcan est inaccessible. Des maquettes animées, des films, et des diaporamas, vous feront découvrir plus d’informations sur les volcans.

Les éruptions bouillantes – Attention c’est chaud !

L’un des aspects les plus remarquables est le fait que le Piton de la Fournaise soit toujours présent dans les évènements des plus importants.  Un exemple est la nuit du 21 Juin 2014 ou le volcan se réveilla après 4 ans de sommeil et offrit un joli spectacle pour la fête de la musique. Ou encore, le 5 Aout, le jour de l’ouverture du musée Cité du Volcan. Ceci incita plusieurs personnes à venir regarder le spectacle au musée.

En moyenne, le Piton de la Fournaise entre en éruption tous les 9 mois, néanmoins elle reste plus ou moins dangereux. De ce fait, les scientifiques sont toujours vigilants et effectuent des mesures régulièrement. En 2007 par exemple, 120 millions de mètres cube de roche en fusion fut propulsés ou encore en 1977 ou le Piton Saint-Rose fut dévasté mais miraculeusement, la lave s’arrêta au seuil de l’église Notre Dames des Laves.

Le Sud Sauvage retransformé…

Dû aux successions de lave s’écoulant du Piton de la Fournaise au fil des années, les plages ont du sable noir mélangé à sa couleur naturelle. Rassurez-vous, non seulement le sable est très fin, mais elle retient aussi la chaleur du soleil. Ce sera idéal pour vos pieds, un doux moment de relaxation… De plus, le mélange de couleur est très attirant à voir et vous laissera sans aucun perplexe. Ceux qui se sentent poétique pourront trouver une inspiration pour leurs futures œuvres.

Les activités aux Piton de la Fournaise

Vous vous demandez sans doute quoi faire au Piton de la Fournaise. Sachez que le Piton de la Fournaise vous offre plusieurs activités. Malgré que le volcan soit souvent en éruption, il est possible d’entreprendre des randonnées sur le site. Vous pourrez marcher de la base volcan jusqu’au sommet, touchant les nuages. De plus, si vous préférez des photos à vous couper le souffle, vous avez l’option d’être accompagnés de photographes professionnels qui vous feront un plaisir de capturer les moments forts ainsi que le beau paysage.

Malheureusement, le tour du cratère principal, aussi connu sous le nom de Dolomieu n’est plus possible à cause de son effondrement en 2007. Néanmoins, il y a toujours d’autres routes alternatives qui sont aussi beaux en eux-mêmes. Cela inclus aussi l’Enclos Fouqué qui est l’épicentre du volcan.

Vous aimez les courses de chevaux ? Et si je vous disais qu’il y a un parcours équestre qui se termine vers le Pas de Bellecombe. Tandis que les amateurs de vélo, vous pourrez vous amuser avec une ballade en montagne.

Infos Pratiques

Malgré que les téléphones captent le réseau au sommet du volcan, sachez que ceci est le cas sur la région Nord et quelques endroits de l’est mais pas dans les autres régions.

  • Numéro de secours : 0262 930 930
  • Météo France :
    • Les prévisions 24/48h : 08 36 65 01 01
    • Point cyclone : 08 36 65 01 01
    • Site web: http://www.meteo.fr/temps/domtom/La_Reunion/
    • L’observatoire de Volcanologie : 02 62 27 54 61
    • L’état des sentiers :  02 62 37 38 39 (Maison de la Montagne)
    • Le relais du Pas de Bellecombe est ouvert de 6 h à 16 h 30 – boissons, sandwichs – WC
    • Si le ciel est bleu, ayez tendance à porter des vêtements légers et de couleurs pales ou des vêtements chauds s’il pleut.
    • Attention au coup de soleil, pensez à mettre de la crème solaire, vous y regretterez dans le cas contraire.
    • Veuillez penser à apporter de la nourriture et de l’eau pour vous rafraîchir, vous aurez besoin de toute vos forces.
    • Pensez à utiliser des chaussures de marches – elles seront appropriées pour le terrain.

Conseils durant votre randonnée

Dépêchez-vous réservez vos billets et choisissez un hôtel à la réunion qui vous apportera du confort et un moment de détente idéal à la fin de votre randonnée.

Sausage Rougail Reunion

The Creole sausage Rougail is a dish made of Creole sausage cut into pieces, with rice and rougail (diced tomatoes, crushed ginger, chopped onions and peppers). This dish is one of the signature dishes of this beautiful island in the Indian Ocean – Reunion. You will find it during the Sunday meal in practically each family of the island. If you spend your holidays in Reunion, you can taste this dish in a hotel or residence of the island.

How to accompany Creole Sausage Rougail?

This dish is often accompanied by canned or home-made lentils and rice. Sprinkle onion stalks and parsley just before serving. For fans of spicy meal, this dish can be enjoyed by accompanying it with some pickled vegetables or tropical fruits such as green mangoes. In Reunion, they also often accompany it with beans, peas or a stew of various assorted vegetables.

Why Creole Sausage Rougaille?

This particular dish will delight your taste buds with its palette of flavors that it will make you discover. The Sausage rougaille will conquer you without any doubt.

The Recipe

Ingredients

-500g Creole Sausages

-Tomato can or Fresh Tomatoes (5)

-Ginger

-Garlic

-Onion and onion heads

-Pepper

-Thyme

-Saffron

Preparation of the recipe:

1. Prick sausages and degrease in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain and cut each sausage into 3 pieces.

2. Grate the ginger and crush the garlic. Add salt and pepper and reserve.

3. Chop 3 onions and add them to the tomato can/ fresh tomato and grind it with some salt. Reserve.

4. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven, grill the sausages, add chopped onions (3 heads).

5. Add the ginger and garlic mixture, salt and pepper. Stir for 5 minutes.

6. Add the tomato mixture, thyme, saffron and allow to simmer over low heat for 1 hour.

You can now enjoy your Rougaille Sauccise with the accompaniment of your choice.

Bon Appétit Biensure!

Book your hotel in Reunion Island to experience more wonders of the Reunion cuisine.

reunion coast

The island of Reunion – hustling rocks, lava and magma – is a unique island in the Indian Ocean. from the high point of its pitons its languid shores of beach, everything here is dominated by an impetuous nature that have an unparalleled force. If you are wondering why you should visit Reunion? Well, we got the answer for you!

Its inhabitants

Everywhere, the extreme kindness of Reunionese will surprise you and make you want to come and live on that beautiful island. They are always ready to help – to indicate the road, give a curry recipe or simply talk on the terrace of a cafe.

The circuses and volcano

With 3 circuses listed as UNESCO World heritage, you will succumb to this sumptuous vision of raising sun over Mafate, Salazie or Ciloas.  Sublime, majestic peaks, Circuses are the place to be for those who get up early. Just as the Volcano, one of a kind, which, even in regular activity, will make you dream with its plains resembling a lunar landscape over a few kilometers.

Its cuisine, a blend of world flavors

Reunion is an island where all the cultures and all the colors blend. This mix of cultures is also reflected in the dishes of the island. The specialties; the rougaille, bouchons, samosas, sweets peppers, jams, sweets coconuts … all accompanied by a ti punch or local rum aranger.

The climate

The island of Reunion has a near to perfect climate all-year round. This tropical island offers temperatures ranging between 20 and 33 ° C most of the time. The climate is suitable for swimming throughout the year, and the trade winds are very present in the east of the island.

Its Unique Beaches

Boucan Canot Beach

One of the finest white sandy beache of the islands remains Boucan Canot. It is located between Saint-Paul and Saint-Gilles-les-Bains. Surrounded by beautiful hotels bordering coastline, this popular beach invites you to enjoy a breakfast on the oceanfront.

Boucan Canot swimming area does not have a coral reef, which gives it a greater depth in the lagoon. However, there is nothing to fear if you think you won’t be able to swim during your holiday in Reunion, since a safety net was installed so as to ensure safe swimming. To the delight of children and adults wishing to wade in the water, a natural pool formed by volcanic rocks is also easily accessible.

You can enjoy your stay in Reunion in one of the accommodation and hotels in the vicinity of Boucan Canot for easy access to the beach and enjoy this stretch of white sand to relax. Besides swimming, many aquatic activities can also be practiced in the blue waters off the beach. It is quite nice to enjoy a drink, ice cream or lunch on one of the terraces that you cannot missed during a stroll along the beach to the south. The evening is pretty quiet compared to the Hermitage. Near the beach of Boucan Canot, you also have shops and art galleries where you can find articles that will be beautiful memories of your trip on the island of Reunion.

Although being one of the most tourist beaches and featuring a supervised bathing area, Boucan Canot remains a dangerous beach. A strong current can be formed very close to the edge, one must be very careful, watch the color of the flame (the flag) and do not hesitate to request information from the lifeguards.

Hermitage beach Reunion

Edging a turquoise sea, on the south coast of Saint-Gilles-les-Bains, the Hermitage beach is a long and sumptuous shady beach lined with casuarinas. This is a corner no one should miss during a stay on the island of Reunion. Extending over several kilometers, this beach of white sand, contrasting with the lush vegetation that surrounds it, is an extension of the South of Roches Noires beach. Offering prime locations and popular with Reunionese families, the beautiful beach of the Hermitage is of incomparable beauty and genuine charm.

Supervised swimming area, the Hermitage beach (or Hermitage) borders a lagoon nature reserve because of the aquatic wealth and geography. Feel free to take with you a snorkel because the underwater fauna and flora is very rich!

Ideal for relaxation, this pristine beach is ideal for long hours of relaxation on a towel or on a deck. Besides swimming, this blue lagoon protected by a coral reef is also a diving spot not to be missed on a trip to Reunion. And if you feel a little hungry, you will easily find restaurants and snacks available near the beach.

Grand Anse Beach

Edenic setting, worthy of a postcard, this beach will remain an unforgettable memory of your trip to Reunion. Grand Anse is an exotic place of unparalleled beauty. The swimming area of ​​the beach is considered dangerous but it should not prevent you to spend pleasant hours, staring into the waves. A small artificial pond of black rock was also constructed to allow children to swim safely .

Ideal for relaxing and various outdoor activities, Grand Anse Beach is primarily a place where the South Reunion families and tourists on vacation to the island of Reunion like to get together and share good lunches. Reunionese often come to picnic on Sunday and enjoy a family curry in the shade of casuarinas and Vacoas … Why? Because the site is beautiful!

A real “must-see” to discover especially on working days if you are not a follower of the crowd. Guests can enjoy the freshness of a small recreation area in the shade of coconut trees. You can also discover the flavors offered by the restaurants in the vicinity of the beach or those snack bars. The Grand Anse beach also has many places for barbecues. To enhance your stay on reunion island, you can also take a trip to Lime Kiln located in Grand Anse after spending hours at the beach and end your day beautifully.

Have a wonderful time on the island of Reunion!

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!

Indian Ocean

L’Océan Indien : niché dans ses eaux chaudes sont de magnifique destinations insulaires – tropicales spectaculaires. La troisième plus grande île du monde, Madagascar, avec sa faune endémique unique et sa culture intéressante, est situé juste à côté de la côte de l’Afrique.

Un peu plus loin sont les îles de Maurice et la Réunion avec leurs plages superbe et fantastique offrant une variété d’activités et de sports nautiques. Les innombrables îles des Maldives et des Seychelles disposent toutes d’un univers sous-marin fantastique idéale pour la plongée sous-marine et la plongée en apnée, ainsi que quelques-unes des plus belles plages du monde.

Ile Maurice

Ile Maurice

Située dans l’océan Indien, Maurice est une île tropicale dont la Capitale est Port-Louis qui se trouve dans le nord de l’île. Cette ville est le centre des affaires et administratif principal. Pour visiter la capitale vous pouvez commencer par le Caudan Waterfront, le marché où sont installés les fruits exotiques, les légumes et des beaux souvenirs de l’île.

Vous découvrirez aussi l’Aapravasi Ghat où sont descendus dans l’île beaucoup immigrant indien et des travailleurs engagés. La plupart sont des esclaves du 18ème siècle. Le Morne qui se trouve au sud-ouest de l’île a été déclaré comme patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO en 2008. La montagne du Morne est un lieu stratégique qui a été utilisée comme refuge par les esclaves en fuite, les marrons, pensant qu’ils allaient de nouveau capturé et se faire tuer, ils choisirent alors de se jeter du haut de la montagne. Ils se sont donné la mort pour sauver leur honneur, leur dignité et leur droit à la liberté.

L’accueil est très chaleureux à l’île Maurice. Vous pouvez aussi découvrir les différentes cultures et leur bonne cuisine traditionnelle telle que carri poulet et rougaille poisson salé. Le séga Mauricien est l’âme musicale de l’île. Il y a beaucoup de centre d’intérêt à visiter sur l’île: ces belles plages, son temps tropical, ces lagons chauds et ces mers calmes avec des conditions parfaites qui s’unissent pour découvrir les trésors sous-marins de l’océan Indien.

Plus de 200 espèces de poisson vivent en mers mauricienne. Plongeant dans le centre de l’endroit formidable Flic-en-Flac, votre voyage sous-marin et son meilleur climat pendant des longs jours ensoleillés : la baignade, la planche à voile, la plonger, la pêche au gros, ou la baignade avec des dauphins. Vous savourerez le voyage d’île en île dans l’île Maurice sur le catamaran avec un magnifique soleil, la mer, des bières, des guitares et en découvrant aussi des îles désertes. L’île accueille beaucoup de touristes pendant l’année où il y a des cabarets dans des hôtels et des dégustations de la cuisine mauricienne.

L’île Maurice étant une île tropicale et avec ces verdures, vous pouvez admirer le panorama de la plantation du thé et de la canne à sucre qui est l’une de l’économie mauricienne.

Ile de la Réunion

Ile De La Reunion

Située dans l’Archipel des Mascareignes, l’île de la Réunion, département français de l’Outre-Mer, offre au voyageur le dépaysement d’une île tropical de l’Océan Indien.

Au nord, se situe Saint Denis. L’île compte de vastes réseaux de sentiers pirouettant une nature abondante. Plus de 40% de sa superficie totale se classe comme site naturel au Patrimoine Mondial de l’UNESCO. Le climat et la terre très volcanique sont idéales pour la plantation comme l’arabica, la vanille de Bourbon et d’autres espèces dont certaines endémiques teintent les pics, remparts et pitons à l’intérieure des terres. La culture de la canne à sucre quant à elle détient la première place de la production à l’île de La Réunion.

L’âme musicale de l’île de la Réunion est le Maloya. Patrimoine culturel immatériel de l’humanité certifiée par l’UNESCO. Cet art émouvant et porteur de sens fait la fierté des Réunionnais. Il est né pour exprimer la douleur et la révolte chez les esclaves d’origine malgache et africaine dans les plantations sucrières de La Réunion. Ce genre musical emblématique contribue à l’ambiance festive qui fait la réputation de l’Ile. La culture Réunionaise, son metissage et sa cuisine avec des bons plats qui sont très équilibrés en riz, grains, viande ou poisson en sauce, rougail. Un menu avec apéritif, entrée comme salade de crudités, gratin de chouchou ou de palmist, accompagné de dessert tel que gâteau chouchou, patate douce, manioc.

Le Piton de la Fournaise a un superficie de 2632m. c’est l’attraction principale de l’île de la Réunion en tant qu’un volcan le plus actif au monde sur ces dernières années ou vous pouvez voir à l’intérieure d’un cratère volcanique.

La Réunion est aussi connu par ces trois cirques nommés comme Cilaos, Mafate et Salazie. Ces formations volcaniques en forme de trèfle se dressent fièrement au cœur de l’île, juste au pied du Piton des Neiges. Cilaos représente au mieux la réputation d’île intense que s’est forgée La Réunion. Alors que certains viennent que pour profiter de la vue et pour y acheter la lentille et le rhum traditionnel.

La Mafate est le plus sauvage des trois cirques avec une végétation et de cascades en abondance. Quant au Salazie, c’est le plus visible des trésors avec Le Voile de la Mariée. C’est une cascade à plusieurs sources et légendaire selon les Réunionnais. Géologiquement parlant, le Trou de Fer est le plus bel endroit de l’île de la Réunion. Il y a des cascades majestueuses et certaines font quasiment la taille de la Tour Eiffel.

Les Seychelles

Iles Des Seychelles

Embarquez sur le vol pour les Seychelles. Le Seychelles est composé de 115 îles de corail et de granit dans l’Océan Indien avec un environnement naturel, des plages exclusives, luxueuses, et des falaises majestueuses.

La capitale de Seychelles est Victoria, située sur la plus grosse île de la République, Mahé. On connait surtout les plages de Seychelles, ces blocs de roches lisses échoués sur le sable blanc et mouillés par une eau transparente et chaude. Parmi ses plus belles plages, notez celle de Beau Vallon. Elle est populaire particulièrement pour la vue panoramique qu’elle offre sur les îles du nord. D’autres sports aquatiques ne sont pas omis, particulièrement avec un centre de plonger pour ceux désireux de découvrir la faune et la flore sous-marine. L’excursion dans le bateau de fond en verre vous permettra de voir des poissons et l’espèce marine.

Certaines îles abritent des colonies de tortues de terre géantes en provenance d’Aldabra et des oiseaux. Chaque île révèle sa beauté originelle, des sommets recouverts de forêts luxuriantes à l’océan couleur saphir, en passant par les clairières à flanc de coteau et les magnifiques rochers de granite qui encadrent des plages considérées parmi les plus belles de la planète.

Le Seychelles possède deux sites classés au patrimoine naturel mondial de l’UNESCO : la fabuleuse Vallée de Mai, et l’atoll d’Aldabra, le plus grand atoll de corail immergé au monde. Les possibilités d’hébergement sont variées elles aussi puisque la gamme s’étend des petits établissements de charme avec leurs bungalows de bord de plage, aux hôtels de luxe 5 étoiles. L’anglais et le français sont les deux langues officielles. On lit de plus en plus le créole seychellois, qui réhabilite et est devenu aussi la langue semi- officielle en 1981, dans la presse et la littérature. On trouve aux Seychelles la meilleure cuisine créole de tout l’océan Indien. Le riz et le poisson, qui sont la nourriture de base, sont agrémentés de manière fort imaginative par des fruits, des légumes, des herbes et des épices.

La moutia est la danse seychelloise traditionnelle ; ses rythmes sont fortement marqués par une origine africaine et malgache. Les chants sont des prières que les esclaves ont transformées en mélopées de travail, accompagnées de danses lancinantes.

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 beach

Right in the heart of the Indian Ocean, 800 km east of Madagascar, Reunion Island, together with Mauritius and Rodrigues, forms the Archipelago of Mascarenes. Reunion is like a mountain resting on the surface of the Indian Ocean, just like the Piton des Neiges, rising to 3,069 meters.

With an active volcano, the famous Piton de la Fournaise which wakes up periodically, gives you the opportunity to admire the magnificence of the lava flow in total safety. Obviously the most striking is that you are on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean, where it’s 30 degrees during the month of December, and this place so strangely distant is still a part of France.

The language, the currency, the highway code (and gendarmes who monitor): everything is authentic and 100% French, and if you took a direct flight from the city of Paris, you won’t even need your passport (identity card is sufficient). This is same for most European countries.

Landing in Reunion Island

Due to the thermal shock, the first step is to remove all the layers of unneeded clothes and get into your shirt. What a pleasure to walk and enjoy the warmth of the sun! Do not forget that hiring a car is what you should do as to be able to explore the island and enjoy everything it has to offer for a wonderful and complete holiday.

Finding accommodation close to the sea is no big deal. When you’ve found your hotel in Reunion, sit back on your terrace and relax to the sound of the waves. When you feel like you want to do something, head for the beach! And if you are wondering what you would do on Reunion Island, we have some advice for you.

The magnificence of circuses

The day after our arrival, we decided to offer us a little tour of the island by helicopter, just to identify well locations. And that is truly magical: the Reunion Island is a volcanic island, and is very mountainous in the center: it climbs very quickly and in a short drive, you can switch from sea level to over 800 meters altitude. There are 3 circuses that have their peculiarities and yet have in common to be sublime.

Summer in winter

Obviously, given the summer temperatures and bright sunshine (at least on the West Coast), the island of Reunion is the perfect place to practice sports or just fun activities: hiking, diving, paragliding, boating, surfing, island tour, visiting distilleries (with tasting), beach and relaxation, the list is long and you should take full advantage of this wonderful destination!

The volcano and its lava flows

Obviously, visiting the volcano is a must in Reunion, as this is one of the few still active volcanoes in the world and it is not dangerous at all: if on eruption, its lava flows slowly towards the coast, leaving ample time to evacuate all persons on its way. The Piton de la Fournaise has had well-publicized eruptions in recent years that have left huge lava flows in the southeastern part of the island. This has surely contributed to a small extension of the island’s area.

Reunion: A Unique place to be

Reunion is a beautiful island, which combines both the beauty and fun of a tropical sea and volcanic mountains. The island also enjoys a warm and sunny climate all year round. The fact that it is an overseas department of France allow locals to benefit both from a tropical environment while speaking their native language and benefiting from similar currency, institutions and level of equipment that you are used to in your country (including medical care). Furthermore, regional culture is still strong and different from those that may be in Europe, but of course, lovers of radical changes of scenery should rather go to Africa or Asia. Reunion is near Madagascar, Mauritius and South Africa, it may nevertheless constitute a good base for exploring the country.

In any case if you are looking for an island paradise combining sublime scenery and wildlife with whatever you are used to in France and for many sports activities, while having a time difference that does not tear your head, Reunion should seduce you and make you want to return with its unparalleled charm.

Hidden gems of Reunion Island

An island of true contrasts, the French department of Reunion is yet unknown to many world travelers. This unique island in the Indian Ocean is yet one of the most fascinating places on the planet.

Less famous than its neighbor Mauritius or the British islands of the Seychelles, the tiny island of Réunion seems drowned in the Indian Ocean, overshadowed by Madagascar. The French know the island well, but there are in fact few of them who have visited the island of the Indian Ocean. Here are ten activities to be that you should not miss while being on the island of Reunion:

–          Enjoy the splendor of the Three circuses;

–          Take some altitude to enjoy panoramic views of the island;

–          Be active, Reunion island just waiting to be explored on foot, by bicycle or by car. The thrill seekers will be served by the many canyons.

–          Taste the creole specialties based curry and try the local rum.

–          In St. Paul, enjoy the amazing displays of goods along the beach;

–          Discover an active volcano: a visit to the Piton de la Fournaise is needed as well as a visit of the Grand-Brûlé route to admire the lava flows.

–          Do not miss the various markets on the island.

–          Relax on the most popular beaches of the island: Saint-Gilles and Boucan Canot.

–          Soak up the local life in Creole villages such as Hell-Bourg, Entre-Deux or Les Makes.

–          Put on your scuba gear to go to the discovery of colorful fish and beautiful coral carpet.

–          Take a boat to accompany the local dolphins or whales.

–          Finally, do not forget to enjoy!

Have fun in Reunion island!