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Réunion Island, a French department in the Indian Ocean, is known for its volcanic, rainforested interior, coral reefs and beaches. Its most iconic landmark is Piton de la Fournaise, a climbable active volcano standing 2,632m (8,635 ft.). Piton des Neiges, a massive extinct volcano, and Réunion’s 3 calderas (natural amphitheaters formed by collapsed volcanoes), are also climbing destinations.

The island’s most remote caldera is Cirque de Mafate, sealed off by mountains and reachable only via helicopter flyover or on foot. The Cirque de Cilaos caldera, famed for its canyoning and proximity to the Cilaos hot springs, and Cirque de Salazie, near the popular mountain village Hell-bourg, lie inland. On the west coast, Saint-Gilles-les-Bains is a jumping-off point for snorkeling and scuba diving. Nearby Saint-Leu is a well-known surfing spot. In Saint-Denis, the capital, the island’s colonial history is reflected in Creole-style mansions like Maison Carrère.


HIGHLIGHTS OF REUNION ISLAND

PITON DE LA FOURNAISE

Reunion Island’s Piton de la Fournaise is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is closely monitored round the clock by seismic experts. You can drive right up to it, winding through strange lunar landscapes that make you feel like you’re on a different planet. If you happen to be planning your trip and the volcano suddenly starts erupting, don’t worry – due to the shield around the peak, the lava runs down the southern side of the island into the ocean and away from the areas inhabited by people. You won’t be able to see lakes of lava, but you will be able to see some crazy landscapes. is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is closely monitored round the clock by seismic experts. You can drive right up to it, winding through strange lunar landscapes that make you feel like you’re on a different planet. If you happen to be planning your trip and the volcano suddenly starts erupting, don’t worry – due to the shield around the peak, the lava runs down the southern side of the island into the ocean and away from the areas inhabited by people. You won’t be able to see lakes of lava, but you will be able to see some crazy landscapes.

 

Cirques of Cilaos and Salazie

With over 200 micro-climates, the small 2500 square kilometer island is home to some seriously diverse landscapes. In the Cirque of Salazie, you can expect rain or mist, with an abundance of tropical flowers and vivid green plants. In Cilaos, you’ll find some of the best canyoning in the world. The drive itself is an adventure, with over 100 intense switchbacks and hairpin bends along the 40km drive. It’s terrifying, but an entirely unique experience!

 

François Leguat Giant Tortoise And Cave Reserve

On the southern coast, just minutes away from the airport, the François Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve is the result of passion for the natural heritage of the island.  Until the 18th century, three species of tortoise could be found here according to the accounts of François Leguat himself.  

Over-exploitation as a consequence of man’s quest for fresh meat for sea voyages got the better of the population of reptiles in a matter of decades. Scattered remains found namely in the limestone plains of the south constituted a feast for scientists around the world before restoration enthusiasts embarked on a project to reintroduce akin species of tortoises from Aldabra and Madagascar, amongst others. The coming back of tortoises to the island was a source of great delight for the inhabitants. 

Since then, tortoises are given all the attention they deserve at the François Leguat Natural Reserve at Anse Quitor. With time, they are taking back their natural habitat, these limestone plains that once provided a last refuge for the last specimens of species that are now extinct.

 

Zipline Adventure

Facing the south coast of Rodrigues with breathtaking views down to the lagoon,Tyrodrig is a zip line adventure that takes you across 3 lush green valleys amidst flying paille en queues.Discover the beauty of the island suspended at a thrilling height of more than 100 meters above the dense vegetation with the longest zip lines spanning over 400 meters..

 

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