A TREASURE ISLAND WITH AN EXPLOSIVE PAST

Cruise just off the coast of Madagascar to Pointe des Galets (or simply, Le Port), a gateway to all Réunion has to offer. It’s not hard to miss Réunion on the map. After all, this charming island 500 miles off the coast of Madagascar is just 30 miles wide. But after viewing its towering volcanic peaks, hiking its lush rolling hills, and walking the palm tree-lined streets of Pointe des Galets, it transforms into a destination never to be forgotten.

Take time to stop and smell the flowers at the Conservatoire Botanique National de Mascarin, located 30 minutes to the south in St-Leu. Here, wander through nearly 4000 species of plants that are endemic to the region, all within the conservatory’s 3-hectare garden.

Formed from the activity of two volcanos, Réunion is a hiker’s dream. With varied terrain, make your way through lush jungles, explore cratered lunar landscapes, and scale soaring mountains—often all on the same hike!

Fresh seafood from the Indian Ocean and a mix of cultural flavors make dining an absolute delight in Réunion. You won’t have to travel far to find the Réunion specialty carri, an island take on traditional curries. If you’re feeling adventurous, order a Creole favorite, civet zourite, a memorable (and delicious) octopus curry.

Canyoning in Cilaos

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The canyons of Cilaos on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean

Canyoning in Cilaos

Learn the ropes of rappelling in Cilaos, then take to the canyon walls for an unforgettable descent. With courses for all skill levels, jump, climb, and repel down over atmospheric natural pools below.

Cirque de Salazie

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A waterfall in Cirque de Salazie on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean

Cirque de Salazie

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cirque de Salazie is easily accessible and the most green of Réunion’s cirques. A volcanic caldera, Cirque de Salazie is home to swinging bridges that cross chasms and wide, deep hollows, as well as Voile de la Mariee, or Bride’s Veil—Réunion’s most breathtaking waterfall.

The Underwater Trail

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A tortoise swimming under water at The Underwater Trail of the Natural Marine Reserve

The Underwater Trail

The Underwater Trail, part of the Natural Marine Reserve, is a natural aquarium brimming with life. Come prepared to explore this vibrant, colorful seabed and get up-close-and-personal with the diverse sea life that calls l'Ermitage Lagoon home.

Pointe des Galets, Reunion, France At a glance

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Currency:
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Exchange Rates:
  • 1.16
  • 1.50
  • 0.87
  • 1.52
  • 75.18
  • 3.81
  • 22.28
  • 1.69
Local Details:
GPS: 20°55'26.01"S 55°17'17.91"E
Size: 16.62 KM2 (6.42 MI2)
Population: 36,952
Density: 2,223 Pop/KM2 (858 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 262

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