Things to see in Reunion

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Reunion Attractions

Reunion is a fascinating geological destination, with its rugged valleys and volcanic landscapes softened by lush forest. 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, the only active volcano on the island, and indeed one of the most active in the world, is thrillingly accessible to the adventurous. The Riviere des Remparts Canyon is a steep and beautiful river valley, and the three cirques, deep circular canyons, lure visitors with scenic overlooks and exciting hiking trails.

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 coast of the island; it is worth researching where the attacks most commonly take place and consulting locals and the coast guards 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.

Salazie Cirque, Reunion

The Cirques

Reunion is blessed with spectacular natural beauty and one of the island's most remarkable features are the three main cirques, Cilaos, Mafate and Salazie. A cirque (or caldera) is a natural amphitheatre, created by the movement of ancient glaciers or, as is the case...  see full details

Piton de la Fournaise Volcano

Piton de la Fournaise Volcano

Reunion's volcano last erupted in 2016 and is currently one of the world's most active, along with Kilauea in Hawaii. The volcano is spectacular and is one of the island's principal attractions, rising 8,565 feet (2,611m) above sea level. High cliffs, deep craters, le...  see full details

Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains marina


Close to Saint-Paul, on the northwestern side of the island, Saint-Gilles-les-Bains is a highly popular weekend destination, offering a beautiful 12-mile (20km) lagoon and gorgeous white-sand beaches. Saint-Gilles was once a sleepy fishing village, but now it is Reunion's most popular resort, attracting crowds...  see full details