I am the fire, the water, the air, the land and the sky!
I am the crossroads of European, African, and Asian culture.
I am Reunion Islands.
Comfortably tucked on the east of the large treasure island of Madagascar and very close to the relatively much smaller and relaxed island of Mauritius; Reunion Island is the real ultimate experience, nurtured by the conglomeration of historical cultures from Europe, Africa and Asia. The island nation breathes colors; hues of azure blue, lava red, artichoke green, and beach brown!
Reunion Island belongs to the French, albeit it is around thousands of miles away from France, geographically. No wonder the locals communicate in the sweet French tone with each other, while the traveler passes them with a strange be-my-friend smile. The island nation showers colors of activities not just up in its dwellers, but also up on the visitors. One could paint his mind with different shades of color, and yet the Island’s palette would never get filled. Red stands for the dangerous volcanic hiking that Piton de la Fournaise offers to its visitors; azure blue signifies the ‘down to earth’ dive at Pierrefonds Airport where as one could take the artichoke green for the hearth-thumping hiking trails in the Cirques.
The palette of colors could keep expanding, nevertheless, let’s stick to your top five favorite ones.
1) The Air is Lava Red
Long time ago, Piton de la Fournaise used to shout red on a heavy bloody note. Today, it stands to be the top tourist site on the island of Reunion where travelers flock across from the world to hike on; a hike on one of the most active volcanoes on the face of Earth!
The skies get painted red from the erratic eruptions of this volcano, and offers travelers a dangerous trail to trek on, either on foot or on horseback or by bike! The volcano leaves a hot impression on the minds of the travelers, and is an absolute must-do for every traveler who visits the Reunion Island. You could either take a walk inside the Enclos Fouque, which is the heart of the mountain or take the forest paths touched to the volcano, viz., Mont Langevin, Piton de l’Eau and Oratoire Sainte-Therese.
2) Take a Deep Blue Dive
The Indian Ocean has mysteries beneath its surface, which it has painted itself with a deep dark tinge of blue. Once in Reunion Island, one has the opportunity to unearth the mystery and enter the world of whales and dolphins, corals and fishes and sail with them! These encounters will leave you enchanted, and you’d only want to ask for more. Visit the Marine Nature Reserve of Ermitage for a salty taste of the blue waters and huge whales in a safe, secure and protected lagoon.
All directions on the Reunion Island have taken a secret vow to surprise you; and mind you, they do it well. Head North and you could indulge in leisure or sports activities with family, and down south; you could picnic with them. Think East, and you could mesmerize your eyes with the beautiful setting of extinct lava flows which extended to the sea. In the west, we have the Marine Nature Reserve where travelers say hi to whales, dolphins and everything aqueous. From snorkeling to scuba diving to whale watching to relaxing by the sea; you could never get enough of the sea here. Surrender yourself; you’re in the Reunion Island.
3) The Brown Beach and the Mighty Mountains!
Nature is at its best all throughout the Reunion Island. It has stamped its beaches with the sand brown color, whilst the mighty mountains are painted dark green! The colors soothe the minds of the travelers, and the island romantically invites them into their arms for all sorts of dances – hiking, cycling, canyoning, sightseeing and the list goes on.
The major pieces of the island are in fact covered with large craters. These craters are essentially so large that entire villages have comfortable fit inside them, and this is definitely worth a visit for the traveling souls. The perfect example would be of the Cirque de Cilaos caldera, and its sweet setting! The beaches let you relax in a lazy mood; whilst for the active souls; you could chose from sailing to jet-skiing, see-through kayaking to scuba diving, deep sea offshore beaching to a boat ride!
4) Into The Azure Blue!
Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky, flies the traveler either hand gliding, or paragliding or taking a helicopter joyride! The only thing common in all of the adrenaline-pumping activities that Reunion Island offers is the extremely colorful world beneath the wandering feet; a world full of orange savannah, lush green forests, cyan blue reef, and artichoke green meadows and azure skies.
Reunion Island has a big blue heart, truly. Let’s talk helicopter joyride; the state of being airborne lets you see Reunion Islands from an eagle eye view, and allows you to explore parts of Reunion Islands which are beautifully multi-colored and inaccessible, otherwise. These joyrides start from as less as 95 Euros for a 15 minute ride. The ever popular canyoning down the Riviere de Roche near St. Benoit will leave you craving for another climb down the hills, again and again! One could also feel the excitement of blue skies through a micro-light tour at Le Port, or sky diving at Pierrefonds airport.
5) As Green As the Artichoke Green Goes.
The Grass is the Greenest on the Reunion Island, we kid you not. The natural landscape of the Island has won over the hearts of not just residents and non-residents; but also of UNESCO’S which has classified almost 42% of the island as World Heritage sites.
One of the prime locations which make people sitting behind the laptop and gazing turn green with envy would be the Cirques. The Cirques are magical; they are mounds of 3 cirques, viz., Mafate, Salazie and Cilaos, formed due to erosion almost 200,000 years ago. These cirques whisper greenery into your ears; and talks all about white waterfalls, wild forests and natural hot springs. With so much green around, one is in Reunion Island.
Your feet are the paintbrush. The palette of Reunion Island offers colours of multitude shades. Fly out to the island, dip your feet onto the beaches, grounds and volcanoes; and create your best painting ever.
The Island is calling, and you must go.