Reunion Island: The Ultimate Nature & Leisure Destination
Covering an area of more than 2500km² and the largest island in the Mascarene archipelago, Réunion Island is an Indian Ocean destination you don’t want your tourism clients miss out on.
Réunion Island, a French department in the Indian Ocean, is known for its volcanic, rain-forested 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.
Population: 843,617 (2015)
World Heritage Site
The island enjoys a fair tropical climate, resulting in lush vegetation, abundant greeneries with nearly half of the total area of Réunion Island classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Réunion Island is the perfect place for discovery, diverse sceneries, a vibrant culture and thrilling activities and is like a treasure island with amazing natural jewels waiting to be discovered!
Le Piton de La Fournaise
Le Piton de La Fournaise is one of the most active volcanoes on the planet and probably the greatest treasure of Reunion Island. The volcano is the most visited place on the island and the most thrilling attraction. This volcano can be visited by helicopter or microlight planes, but the best way to discover the volcano is the hard way, trekking!
Voile de la Mariée
A waterfall whose water cascading resembles that of a veil of a bride? Only on Réunion Island! Voile de la Mariée is one of the many natural treasures of Réunion Island and is truly a marvel to behold.
Garden of Eden
The Garden of Eden, or rather Eden Garden of Réunion Island is a beautiful botanical garden of 2.5 hectares which includes more than 700 species of plants. You will discover a wide variety of tropical fauna and flora including some endemic species of the island. Even though it is located at the heart of the town of Saint-Gilles, Eden garden is one of the quietest places in the city.
There is so much to see and do on the island, gaze at the scenery, or laze at one of the lagoons, enjoy authentic Réunionese food and dance, visit the St Paul Market or simply relax! However your clients choose to spend their time, prepare them to be in awe!
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