REUNION – THE ULTIMATE ISLAND
Breath taking landscapes
22 km of protected lagoon
Underwater treasures to discover
The Wild South
Mysterious East Coast
With its three cirques offering scenery that is out of this world, Reunion Island tells the story of the birth of our planet. Each cirque is protected by a rampart sculpted by erosion along a narrow wall of greenery, which opens up over a magnificent site, bathed in a light that will take your breath away.
In only 2,500 km², this island offers a tremendous blend of unspoit nature and authentic culture & cuisine.
42% of its territory classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Set out in a form resembling an ace of clubs, Piton des Neiges’s cluster of three cirques each affirm their individuality.
From the extraordinary Mafate, which is only accessible on foot, you can enjoy an authentic and enhanced experience.
From the lush Salazie, in the heart of creole culture, you will have the opportunity to admire one of the island’s most beautiful waterfalls.
From the majestic Cilaos, which is home to the island’s hot springs, you will be able to start the ascent of Piton des Neiges.
22 KM OF PROTECTED LAGOON
Reunion Island offers some 22 km of exceptionally well-preserved lagoons, where anyone can enjoy themselves in total tranquillity: swimming, snorkelling,kayking in sea-thorugh kayaks or stand-up paddleboarding.
The sun from the Southern hemisphere invites you to relax on its warm, sandy beaches, in an exceptional setting for enjoying total relaxation time and whisking you off on daydreams that you will never forget.
With the turquoise waters protected by a 30 km long coral reef, the lagoons of Reunion Island will ensure you can swim in total peace and tranquillity.
The clear waters of Reunion Island’s lagoon means that the visibility is great for discovering multi-coloured fish, which you can enjoy close encounters with during an organised snorkelling trip.
UNDERWATER TREASURES TO DISCOVER
Reunion Island has just as many marvels below the sea as it does on the land.
All you have to do is put on a mask and immerse yourself in a veritable natural aquarium.
Fish and corals dance in a kaleidoscope of colours and forms that are accessible to everyone: children, snorkellers, beginners who are doing their first dive, experienced divers who want to pass all their certificates and amateur deep sea divers. .
Enjoy a moment of pure escapism by diving in the warm, clear water of the lagoon or sharing an adventure off the coast of this treasure island. The poetic names and images of diving spots offer an irresistible year-round invitation to an underwater odyssey.
Let’s meet the Indian Ocean cetaceans
The stunning waters of Reunion Island naturally contain an abundance of multicoloured fish and corals, but there are also some more imposing visitors!
Dolphins and whales flock to the island’s shorelines and visitors are entertained by them.
As a colourful and vibrant cuisine, local dishes are inspired by all four corners of the globe, accompanied by exotic fruits and delicate spices!
With its extraordinary natural resources, Reunion Island is a fruit paradise, an Eden of spices and fine products.
Its cosmopolitan cuisine is also inspired by the diversity of the cultures that populates this island.
Discover tropical products at the markets : Vanilla, lychee, passion fruit, lime… The choices are endless.
The island provides an abundance of wonderful tropical products all year round, such as pineapples, one of the first fruits to be introduced to the Mascarenes archipelago, which is part of Reunion Island. The Victoria variety is one of the best in the world: small in stature and with a very sweet flavour, this pineapple is a jewel of Reunion agriculture.
VThe name Reunion Island very much captures the essence of this place… With populations from Africa, Madagascar, Asia and Europe, this island’s success is a mix of cultures.
Authenticity and tradition
Here, difference is a source of richness and creates an astonishing cultural diversity, which is expressed in the island’s architecture, dance and cuisine.
Reunion Island’s beauty has influenced artists, whose inspiration takes many forms: poetry, literature, theatre, dance, sculpture, etc.
The main means of expression is creole. This very visual and gently undulating language is widely spoken among the population and is constantly evolving. It is intimately linked to the history of the island.
From the first decades during which Reunion Island was populated, the inhabitants, who came from all over the world, had to invent a language to communicate.
The foundation of this was French at the beginning of the 18th century, a time of real economic and demographic movement. Creole is now taught from school through to university.
The volcanic island of Reunion appeared out of the ocean three million years ago.
The Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, shapes the landscape and even gains ground on the ocean itself during certain lava flows.
This volcano is the highlight of Reunion Island, as the most visited site on the island.
The volcano’s silhouette is always to be seen, even when heavy white and black clouds ring its highest point.
The Piton de la Fournaise erupts around once every nine months, making it one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
This colossus is around 500,000 years old, and has been classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its exceptional universal value.
THE WILD SOUTH
Across the south of the island, the successive lava flows from Piton de la Fournaise have come down to the oceans, creating unique black sandy beaches with fine, hot sand when the sun is at its warmest.
The beaches form an exceptional landscape, surrounded by arid plant life and enough to inspire poetry. The most famous of the beaches is the Etang-Salé, a fishing village and an immense stretch of sand where locals meet up on weekends for picnics.
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to walk on the moon? You might have some idea after exploring the volcanic and lunar scenery that only Reunion Island can offer.
MYSTERIOUS EAST COAST
The East coast of the island is known and loved for its waterfalls, pools and primitive forests.
The wetter and therefore greener side of the island has an extremely fertile soil – this aspect encouraged agricultural workers from India to settle here.
The land is exploited as much as possible (sugar cane, vanilla…) but with the abundant waterfalls, pools and primitive forests, Mother Nature is still firmly in control…