In the southern hemisphere, Reunion Island, often described as “Intense Island”, lies under the Tropic of Capricorn. The island of Reunion is a lively one in constant motion and possesses an astounding geographical diversity.
Within an hour or two, the landscape morphs from lava fields to lush primary forest, from jagged peaks to sprawling coastal cities. Piton de la Fournaise is one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes and its bowels have sometimes splashed lava flows which were so powerful at times that they flowed towards the sea expanding the territory.
Visit Reunion Island
Whether on land, air or water, Reunion has a lot to offer to you: there are horses to ride, majestic mountains to trek up in the Cirques, or paraglide from in St-Leu, drop-offs to dive from, big waves to surf, extinct volcanoes to fly over, and canyons to explore. But it’s not all about nature, landscapes and adrenaline – Réunion has its cultural gems as well, with stunning Creole architecture in cute-as-can-be villages, as well as colourful religious buildings and festivals.
Whatever your age or your expectations you will be amazed at whatever the island has to offer to you. On this piece of paradise, nature seems to explode from all sides. On one side you are on the edge of a cliff of black lava and on the other at the foot of a sharp green peak.
If you meander through the island you could find yourself facing a row of waterfalls or lose yourself in a wild circus or simply enjoy a magnificent scenery mingling a green surrounding to a turquoise lagoon. Much of the island became a national park in 2007 and the Peaks, circus and ramparts were in turn declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2010.
The island of Reunion has another wealth: its people. Its population is an amazing amalgam of people from different coin of the Indian Ocean: Africa, India, Madagascar, Comoros and China. They gathered on the island to revive their traditions and create new ones. Reunion will impress you with their customs and spicy cuisine. Lovers of good food will fall for the mouth-watering dishes.
Why choose Reunion Island?
Reunion is ideal for all types of holiday seekers and is an island of extensive diversity and easy lifestyle which will bring you unique stories and unveil untapped secrets to you. Here is whatever you need to know about what Reunion has in particular:
Reunion kitchen offers a range of exotic recipes which will revive the taste buds of any traveler at heart. You will go to the discovery of different exotic flavors that will surprise you one after the other. The most popular dishes Reunion has are : candy peppers; small spicy donuts to enjoy as aperitif, the inevitable Rougaille sausage, many curries with meat, fish and shellfish as base, sweet potatoes moist cake along with a banana rum or lychees. You will find have the opportunity to taste them in Reunion’s hotels, residences, guest houses and restaurants on the island.
The typical Reunion menu mainly consists of rice, maize (rarely), grains, leafy vegetables, curry or rougailles, copiously accompanied by pickles, salads or peppers. You will also come across certain crossbreedings such as massalés, brianys, romazaves and many Chinese dishes such as chop suey, mines, fried rice, sweet and sour dishes and soups. The use of local products is promoted. Tubers such as sweet potato, thinking, cassava, breadfruit and others are now the basic ingredient of meals during times of need. They retain, at present, a connotation of poverty.
Reunion is a haven for walkers. The island will delight young and old alike, in short, all nature lovers wishing to breath in fresh air while marveling your eyes with its vertiginous landscapes.
The island, with its steep circus and its unique vegetation, offers an incredible experience that will remain forever etched in your memory. You’ll find rides for all levels and for all ages. You will go to the discovery of high and low while discovering a lush or dry savannah. Hikes to relax yourself and enjoy stargazing or simply travel to a lunar scenery on the Piton de la Fournaise.
Sea Excursions in Reunion
The Indian Ocean is a huge source of activities: boat trips, whale watching or dolphin, diving, snorkelling, and the list continues. Reunion invites those sea lovers for diving: its warm and clear waters almost all year round, its fully equipped infrastructure and its various sites crowded with colorful tropical fish. Whether you are hosting in a hotel, an apartment or a residence enjoy this beautiful place and take the opportunity to introduce you to scuba diving!
By diving beneath the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean, you’ll feel like flying in a universe in three dimensions. In this world where wildlife is more richer than you can imagine, your eyes will be amazed at these unique specimens: clownfish, trumpets, angels, parrots, coachmen, triggerfish, colorful corals, anemones impressive, but also turtles , manta rays and dolphins that frequent the longest barrier reef of Reunion, many falling, arches and faults are grouped mainly on the reef slope on the west coast between St Paul and St Peter. But divers can also explore the underwater Ste Rose funds or even venture into the underwater volcanic flows.
Golf Playing in Reunion
The island now has three golf courses and a growing number of practitioners. Between two swings, you can observe birds with beautiful colors in a green picturesque background. Amateurs or golf enthusiasts, come practice your sport in Reunion Island!
The Reunion Island offers 3 courses:
The Golf Club of Bourbon
This golf club is located in a splendid forest of l’Etang Salé. The Golf Club Bourbon offers a golf course of 6476m of 18 holes, with international standards. It also offers a pool and a restaurant. This site has all the elements for an enjoyable family day out, alone or with friends.
Golf du Bassin Bleu
Discover the 6200 meter course with 18 hole Golf Bassin Bleu in a eucalyptus forest. Between Indian Ocean and the foothills of the Piton Maido, it will offer unique views. This site hosts major sporting competitions Reunion Island. Autonomous golfer or beginner, golf pros will take care of you and offer individual or group courses and private initiations.
The Golf Club of Colorado
Colorado is located in the heights of Saint-Denis La Montagne. During 25 years of existence this is the only public golf club on the island. Golf pro or amateur, the Colorado Golf Club offers all types of players to share a friendly sporting moment!
Reunion also offers beautiful beaches that are surprisingly quiet. Whether you are lodging in hotels or residences that are available on the island, you will definitely find a haven of peace. Going on holiday in Reunion means full relaxation. Among an infinite variety of landscapes, gathered on the surface of the island of Réunion. It possesses good corners for hiking or picnics: white sandy beaches, sun, sea and lagoon, spectacular mountains, white waters, waterfalls, forests, volcano … A range of activities that ensures fabulous days during your stays.
Have an Intense Holiday in Reunion!
La Rénion lé gadiamb (‘Réunion is lovely’, in Creole).