Réunion National Park
The park harbours exceptional natural assets, rich in biodiversity and landscapes comprising more than 300 endemic plant species, original fauna and an active volcano. The beauty and unspoilt nature of the natural environments and, in some cases, their cultural and historical features, make the Réunion national park a real showcase for tourism and Réunionnais heritage.
In 2010, the Pitons, cirques and remparts of Réunion were classified by Unesco, alongside some of the most prestigious sites in the world, and their exceptional universal value is now recognised. The label is also a guarantee of protection for the unique animal, plant and mineral assets that are found in the 100,000 ha of the core of the national park, accounting for some 40% of the island! It includes some enchanting sites whose names are the stuff of dreams: the two volcanic massifs of Piton de la Fournaise and Piton des Neiges; the cirque de Mafate and the remparts that demarcate the interior area of the island, overlooked by the peak of Nez de Bœuf; Piton d’Anchaing in the cirque de Salazie; Piton de Sucre and La Chapelle in the cirque de Cilaos; Grande Chaloupe to the north of the island and, in the south, Mare Longue with its magnificent primary forest.
Réunion Marine Nature Reserve
The Etang Saint-Paul Reserve
The national nature reserve at the Etang Saint Paul lake is the only national terrestrial nature reserve on Réunion Island. Etang Saint-Paul is a marshland covering more than 400 ha. It is the biggest coastal wetland on Réunion. It provides highly favourable conditions for the development of animal and plant populations. It is a real natural treasure, located on the west coast of the island and open to the public all year round.