An island like no other, the charming French island of Reunion with its unique diversity of cultures from Europe, Africa and Asia has a range of amazing experiences on offer. Imagine shimmering white beaches, quant villages, soaring mountains, an active volcano, dense forests and vast national parks. Sheer relaxation or adventure – the holiday choices in Reunion are endless. Here is our list of some top, not to be missed Reunion experiences.1. Piton de la Fournaise
One of the most active volcanoes on the planet, this is a must see for nature lovers and the adventurous. One of the best views is at the Nez de Boeuf, an incredible viewpoint at an altitude of 2070 metres. Another exciting view is at the Le Pas de Bellecombe at an altitude of 2311m overlooking the volcano. On your way back, stop by at the Notre Dame Des Laves church that miraculously survived a previous eruption.2. Cilaos landscapes and ramparts
Reunion is blessed with amazing topography and this tour is one of the best ways to explore it. Start with an ascending dive through the village of “la Riviere Saint Louis” before crossing the Saint Etienne River on a road known as the “400 turns”. The village of Cilaos is at an altitude of 1300m, in one of three calderas. A caldera is a shallow valley formed by the collapse of the centre of a dormant volcano. On your return, view the geysers or bowers along the shores of “L’etang Sale” where the lava rocks and black sand beaches can be seen.3. Salazie luxurience and waterfalls
This memorable tour takes you to the north, through the capital and then on to the east of the island, renowned for its sugar cane production. You will then make a stop at the Niagara waterfall in Saint Suzanne, before visiting a vanilla farm to discover this amazing orchid. Continue along the river “La Rivière du Mât” to the Cirque of Salazie, a caldera which was inhabited only a century ago.4. Paragliding
The mountainous terrain of Reunion lends itself to the sport of paragliding and this is your ideal opportunity to see the island from a bird’s eye view. After receiving simple training you will be ready to take off with your experienced instructor for a tandem flight. The flights are operated from various locations on the island.5. Big Game Fishing
Reunion is rated in the top ten worldwide venues for big game fishing. The one big advantage to fishing here is that you are not crowded by a huge fleet of boats, all fishing the same waters. The pristine waters of the Indian Ocean offer prime fishing, some of it just 10 minutes from the jetty. 6. Helicopter flights (Helilagon)
There is no better way to experience the breathtaking beauty of Reunion than from the air. Spend an unforgettable time circling above dazzling beaches, blue lagoons, coral reefs, dense forests with gentle waterfalls and the awe-inspiring volcano with vivid flashes of boiling lava eruptions from the crater. You have a choice of locations to visit on the helicopter flights that last between 15 and 45 minutes. 7. Mountain Biking
Reunion is a true mountain biking paradise where your journey will take you down the slopes of a dormant volcano to the coast. Travel through scenic forests, farm lands and sugar cane plantations as you make your way to the sea.8. Quadbiking
Make the most unusual trip down a mountainside on a specially adapted four wheeled cycle, unique to the island. No experience is required and you are accompanied by a guide. This is the most fun you can have on a bicycle using just pedal power. The excursions last from 1 hour to half day. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and sea views as you descend. 9. Le Grand Bleu
Learn more about the rich marine life around the island on a cruise on a glass bottom boat. The cruise will hug the shoreline of the west coast with a stop over a coral reef for a close encounter with the colourful sea fauna and flora. 10. Clear Lagoon Experience
The Molokini is an amazing fully transparent kayak that has been specially designed for observing underwater life without getting wet. In calm waters the visibility below is up to 20 metres. You have the option to paddle in the lagoon or venture out beyond the reef during a 2 hour tour.
The list of attractions to see and things to do in Reunion is almost endless.
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