A nature lover's paradise, the East of Reunion Island is teeming with bird life, abundant in tropical foliage and perfect for adventure-seekers and active travellers. The dramatic black sand along the coast and waterfalls tumbling down the mountains will take your breath away.
Piton de la Fournaise
One of the most important attractions on the island, the Piton de la Fournaise is a must-see! One of the most active volcanoes in the world, the Piton is constantly monitored for seismic activity and in recent years, has been in near-constant eruption. During eruption, it's possible to hike up to see the molten lava bubbling up from the earth's core! It's recommended to hike up in the late afternoon, to see the spectacle by night. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and bring warm items, as temperatures can dip very low on this part of the island.
The largest lake on the island, Grand Étang is located in Saint-Benoît and is a haven for birdlife and bird-watchers alike. It's possible to see the lake by horseback, and enjoy a leisurely ride around the stunning surrounds.
Rivière des Roches
For adventurous travellers, Rivière des Roches offers the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and get your heart beating faster with an aquatic adventure known on the island as canyoning. The activity involves sliding, jumping and sometimes zip-lining down a series of waterfalls and swimming in beautiful clear pools. Certified guides, wetsuits and helmets ensure you're safe, so you are free to enjoy the excitement.
Notre Dame des Laves (Our Lady of the Lava)
The Catholic "miracle church" which survived the volcanic eruption of the Piton de la Fournaise in 1977, while the surrounding area was engulfed by lava. The lava is now dried and can be seen all around the church, while the actual building remains untouched - no doubt by divine intervention.
Lava Tunnel Adventure
Head underground and explore the stunning tunnels caused by molten lava flowing into the ocean and rapidly cooling down to harden. Located in Sainte-Rose, the tunnels can only be explored with a qualified guide, but the unique opportunity to see what comes from the earth's molten core should not be missed!