A tropical garden
Reunion Island has been listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as one of the world’s 34 biodiversity “hotspots”. The high areas of La Réunion National Park are home to some endemic species of highly unusual plants and wildlife. In this world of silence, soak up the fresh air, the special atmosphere, the humidity and the discreet sunshine that have allowed this unique ecosystem to flourish. Among the tamarinds, Japanese cedars, casuarinas, bamboos, Barbel palms, lichens, storax trees, tree ferns, orchids, eucalyptuses, cyatheas and palms, ancient specimens offer a nesting place to tropical birds.
An open window on the Indian Ocean
Besides the sumptuous “Peaks, cirques and ramparts”, the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean surround the entire island and the volcanic slopes, the lagoon and the seabed stretching north, south, east and west towards the ocean depths.
With 207 kilometres of coastline, Reunion Island’s exceptionally well-preserved beaches of black or white sand stretch for a total of 30 kilometres, of which 22 kilometres border the lagoon. To enjoy the sea’s every facet, head for the island’s west and south coasts, where crystal-clear turquoise lagoons at 27° Celsius, protected by a coral reef and lifeguarded bathing areas, invite lovers of the sea to unwind, swim and have fun. Meet whales and dolphins, contemplate the sunset over the ocean, dive into the depths of the sea, swim in the lagoon, go snorkelling, discover an impressive blowhole, a beach of black sand, or a basalt river.