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Visit Reunion Island: Practical Tips

Reunion-Island

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

Travelling throughout the island

Are cars indispensable?

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

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

What to see and what to do during your stay?

The Piton de la Fournaise

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

The Cirques

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

Cirque of Mafate

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

Cirque of Salazie

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

Cirque of Cilaos

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

Reunion Island’s Gastronomy

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

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

Where to stay during your trip to Reunion Island?

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

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

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

10 choses à éviter pendant vos vacances à la Réunion

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

reunion-plage

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

Nature Reunion

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

reunion helicopter

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

Map of Reunion Island

Map of Reunion Island

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

Saint Gilles Reunion

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

Reunion Island

Where is Reunion Island?

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

Nature trekking Reunion

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

Reunion Beach

Reunion Beach

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

Surfeur Réunion

Surfeur Réunion

 

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

Cascade-Aigrette-Ile-de-La-Reunion

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

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

LaReunion golf

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

Maloya Reunion

Restaurants ile de la reunion

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

Les Letchis

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

les letchis restaurant reunion

 

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

L’instant Plaisirs

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

linstant plaisir reunion

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

Le Manta

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

le manta reunion island

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

Le QG

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

le qg reunion

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

La Perle du Lac

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

perle du lac reunion

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

Le Kedai

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

le kedai reunion

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

Le Massalé

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

le massale reunion island

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

Votre Destination Parfaite: L’Ile de La Réunion

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

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

Reunion Island waterfalls

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

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

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

Reunion island Beach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reunion Island: A Handy Guide

Reunion Island waterfalls

Reunion Island is a small volcanic island located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and about 200km from Mauritius. With a total area of 2500km2, it’s a true island of contrasts, with one of the most active volcanoes in the world- La Fournaise- on its south coast, 27km of pristine beaches to the west, and lush mountain terrain in between. The capital of the island is the city of Saint Denis.

Reunion Island at first sight

Reunion, one of the remotest overseas departments of France, reserves some good surprise for you. This is the most beautiful place you can come across. It is not for the beaches, which seem also somewhat bland beside those of Mauritius, it is mainly so because of its mountains and green hills having fun playing hide and seek with the clouds and disappear behind the fog. The place is truly magical.

One thing you should not forget, Reunion is France, but at the other end of the world. A major advantage for those who do not speak English and who want to be disoriented! Here is a handy guide for your stay in Reunion Island with lots of advice

Are you ready? Let’s Go!

Car Rental in Reunion

There are many advantages to rent a car on the island of Reunion; public transport will not take you anywhere, taxis are extremely expensive, and renting a car allows you to remain flexible and to stop according to your desires.

However, if you organize well, you do not mind to stop in small villages and you’re not afraid of the many bus changes, renting a car is not essential and you are almost guaranteed to save. You also save on hard driving on the roads of mountains and narrow the search for parking, and you could even win time for hiking because you will be less tempted to change locations every 2 or 3 days. Anyway, the accommodation must be booked in advance, you will not lose so much flexibility by not renting a car. If you do not rent a car, make sure to organize everything in advance.

Public Transports

From the airport, the best way to get downtown or to the Saint-Denis bus station is to take the shuttle which cost 4 euros per person. Timetables are available there. To find the bus stop, exit the airport and turn right; you will see the sign at the end of the street. Once in the shuttle, the Ocean bus station is the first stop and the city center is the second (and last) stop.

To get out of Saint-Denis, take a bus from the public Yellow Car Ocean bus station. You can find the schedule there too. To understand the times you need to know on what line you will be traveling. This task can be complicated because several lines stop in the same cities. You can also get to the bus station, tell the ticket seller where you want to go and he will tell you which line to take and time of the next bus. To get to some cities, you have to change Bus Company and to buy tickets in each of their offices. For example, for a trip from Saint-Denis to Cilaos.

What to See and Do in Reunion Island?

The Piton de la Fournaise, an active volcano, is one of the biggest attractions of the island. The volcano is difficult to access without a rented car. But it is quite possible to hitchhike, a lot of people do so.

Hiking Is The Principal Activity.

The best thing to do is go for one of the three beautiful canyons – “cirques” – formed by volcanoes. All of them have various hiking trails through forests, rivers and mountain peaks. Cilaos and Salazie are accessible by road. Mafate, in the meanwhile, is only accessible on foot.

Grand Ilet (which is one of the last villages within driving distance before reaching the Mafate) is one of  these isolated villages inside the circus. Time stops when you reach there – inside this part of the island supplies need to be delivered by helicopter.

Mafate trek

For a trek to Mafate, you definitely have to wake up early in the morning. It remains a very long walk of about 2000 meters. On the way, you will have the chance to admire several really beautiful Creole houses and meet the locals living in remote areas.

The tourist office in each town can give you either a map or directions to local trails. While some wander occasionally, we advise that you hike during the day.

Some More Activities in Reunion

There are plenty of other activities you can try in Reunion. Depending on where you want to go, you can go canyoning, climbing, visit the island in helicopter or ULM, rafting and even cooking classes! The island has beaches of course, but the presence of sharks makes swimming unadvisable … Yet, some beaches can be safe and if you are a fan of surfing, you should not miss those wonderful waves! However Mauritius, only 45 minutes flight from Reunion, is a better destination if you really want to go for a beach destination.

Accommodation in Reunion Island

The most important thing to know when seeking a place to sleep is that if you do not want to sleep in a dormitory, you must book a bit in advance. But do not worry if you forget or you are a little late, you will always be able to find a nice place on the island of Reunion. The cottages on the island of Reunion are increasing and many last-minute cancellations will allow you to find rooms not too expensive. The island boasts quite a good number of beautiful hotels around Saint Gilles and you can surely find one hotel that fits your budget and needs.

Reunionese Cuisine

Reunion does honour its name! His people coming from all corners of the world have brought about a cocktail of races which is subtle. The Reunionese cuisine draws inspiration from Indian, African and Asian food. You will also come across fusion European cuisine on the island. Do not miss the Rougaille or the various Chinese dumplings, they are a regal to the palate.

Enjoy your trip on Reunion Island!