and Sandals Tours Reunion
island of true contrasts. The French department of Reunion
is unknown to many of the world's travelers. That's unfortunate!
This unique island in the middle of the Indian Ocean is simply
one of the most intriguing spots on earth. Not as well-known
as nearby Mauritius or the not-so-far-away British Seychelles,
little Reunion seems but a speck in the vast ocean, dwarfed
by Madagascar, located 500 miles to the west. Plan your Reunion
island holiday packages with Sun and Sandals Tours.
French know the island well but only the very well-traveled
have ever stepped foot on Reunion's varied and enticing terrain.
With an active volcano on its south coast, 17 miles of warm,
welcoming beaches in the west, and lots of mountains and forests
in between, Reunion Island offers vacation opportunities ranging
from relaxing to truly insane. If you're looking for a place
to "chill out", you'll find it here. The
interior’s highest point is Le Piton des Nieges, standing
a majestic 3,069 meters tall.
island’s three cirques, however, dominate the topography of
the interior portion of Reunion. Often described as “natural
amphitheatres” or “calderas”, a cirque – literally
a volcano that collapsed upon itself - offers not only amazing
photo opportunities but fun and adventure as well. But the
interior of Reunion is much more than just lava-covered mountains
and ancient crumbling craters. On this volcanic island, guests
will find amazing lush, green forests like the Bebour-Belouve,
where you’ll view birds that you’d be hard-pressed to see
anywhere else in the world.
are abundant and spectacular as well, literally trickling
in the dry months but offering crushing flows during the rainy
season, when monsoons are a natural occurrence. You might
even stumble upon a dairy farm or two while exploring Reunion’s
Due to its more manageable and people-friendly terrain, the
coastal lowlands of Reunion Island are where cities and villages
have sprung up throughout the centuries, since the time the
French settled on the island in 1642. The west coast towns
offer warm, relaxing bea ches as well as plenty of opportunity
for enticing watersports. The lively town of St-Gilles-les-Bains
attracts scuba divers with its nearby coral reefs and St Leu
is the perfect location for avid surfers. Pretty St Paul boasts
a fun outdoor street market and lots of traditional Creole
houses for guests to admire.