Even before you hit the tiny runway, it becomes clear that Réunion is as unusual as it is inviting. The coast is dotted with white-sand beaches, while the interior is endowed with emerald forests, rugged mountains and the dramatic, plunging natural amphitheatres of the UNESCO-World-Heritage-listed cirques. There’s also the Piton de la Fournaise, one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes. Réunion is both a gourmet paradise and a place for outdoor adventure – so working up a big appetite while diving, rafting or hiking will be well rewarded.
5 Reasons We Love Réunion
Active volcano for the volcanologists
Rich and diverse marine life protected by the creation of the Natural Marine Reserve
Excellent diving, snorkelling and whale and dolphin watching
French influence – remember it is one of France’s four overseas departments
Spectacular scenery – towering mountains, breath-taking canyons, stunning waterfalls and colourful villages
Lace Up Your Hiking Boots
Whether you’re a novice or expert, there is a hiking trail for everyone in Réunion – thanks to its extraordinarily varied terrain. Take in the contrasts of the island, along with the opportunity to explore forests, volcanoes and world-famous waterfalls.
Swim With Dolphins
Réunion is fast becoming a favourite destination to enjoy world-class snorkelling and diving. Visitors can spot dolphins all year round and from June to October, expect to see humpback whales as they come past on their annual migration from Antarctica.
Discover a Force of Nature
Piton de la Fournaise is one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and is classified as a World Heritage Site. Walk along newly-formed earth, shaped by hardened lava, to the crater rim or hop on a helicopter for a bird’s eye view and marvel at the majesty of the natural world.
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Nicci recently spent a fascinating week exploring the truly unique little island known as Reunion; an overseas region of France that lies east of Madagascar and approximately 175km southwest of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Most commonly known for its volcanic...