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What to see in Reunion

Reunion Attractions


Reunion is a fascinating geological destination, with its dramatic valleys and volcanic landscapes: the Plaine des Sables is a stark ash and lava rock plain at the foot of Reunion's volcano, which feels like a moon landscape; the Piton de la Fournaise Volcano is the only active volcano on the island, and indeed is one of the most active in the world; the Riviere des Remparts Canyon is a steep and ruggedly beautiful river valley; and the three cirques, deep circular canyons, lure visitors with scenic overlooks.

Of course, Reunion is also a celebrated beach getaway, with its tropical climate and lovely coastline. Visitors should note that the beaches on the western coast of the island, between St Gilles-les-Bains and Hermitage-les-Bains (where many hotels can be found) are sandy and comparatively safe, making this the best stretch of coastline for families and those seeking calmer waters. Much of Reunion's coast, though beautiful, is rocky, with rough surf. Those snorkelling and swimming should also bear in mind that shark attacks do occasionally occur off the island; it is worth researching where the attacks most commonly take place and consulting locals when in doubt. Those fond of marine life should visit the Kelonia Marine Turtle Observatory, dedicated to the study and conservation of Reunion's resident turtles.


Piton de la Fournaise Volcano

Réunion's volcano last erupted in 2010 and is currently one of the world's most active, along with Kilauea in…

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Saint-Gilles-les-Bains

Close to Saint-Paul, on the northwestern side of the island, Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains is a highly popular weekend destination,…

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The Cirques

Réunion is a place of spectacular natural beauty and one of the island's most remarkable features are the three…

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