The East, which is particularly verdant, covers half of the area listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the summer, the rivers and lakes have long been places for everyone to enjoy a relaxing moment, a refreshing swim or a picnic.
A white water paradise
Various activities enable you to discover courses that are suitable for your level. Canoe-kayaking, rafting, canorafting, kayak jumping, outrigger canoeing, water rambling... A whole programme awaits you !
The East also offers you numerous strolls in the primary and tropical forests, in particular the mythical walk through Takamaka, a long valley which runs along the turbulent Marsouins River. The hike to Grand Étang, a volcanic pool within an untouched setting, enables you to observe numerous species of birds, in particular the Maillard Harrier, a bird of prey which hunts small rodents. The Mât River is also a good place for pony trekking or quad biking. For those who enjoy fishing, the rivers provide numerous experiences and, during the high season, you can spend hours watching bichique fishermen set their vouvé traps to catch this precious young fish that forms the base of the tasty 'cari' dish, which is mainly served during the New Year's Eve celebrations.
Returning to the coast, on the banks of the River Marsouins, you can enjoy an abundance of delicacies during the lychee season at Bras-Canot, as well as from the orchards of the Comptoir Mélissa farm, and not forgetting Bras-Panon vanilla. In this vast sugarcane territory, you can visit the Bois-Rouge sugar refinery during the harvesting season and, the distilleries year-round. The cultural heritage of the East, which bears witness to the Creole and Indian blending of cultures, is also rich and varied. Several architectural or cultural buildings brimming with history open their doors to you: the Maison Martin Valliamée, Colossus Temple, the Hindu Temple in Beaufonds, the Church of Sainte-Anne and the miracle of the church spared from the lava flow from the volcano, Notre Dame des Laves in Sainte-Rose.