30 attractions you should visit in Réunion - With photos & details

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Top 30 attractions to explore in Réunion

Reunion is a French overseas island located in the midst of the Indian Ocean, 700 kilometers east of the island of Madagascar, and 200 kilometers South-West of Mauritius. The island has been inhabited since the 16th century when people from France and Madagascar settled there.

Cascade de Grand Galet43 Route de Grand Galet, 97480, Réunion
Waterfalls

Grand Galet Falls is a waterfall on the southern section of the island of Réunion. It is situated in the Réunion National Park, and its natural pool is a popular swimming and picnic place on weekends and holidays.

Conservatoire botanique national de Mascarin2 Rue du Pere Georges, 97436, Réunion
Botanical Gardens

The Conservatoire Botanique National de Mascarin is a national conservatory and botanical garden. The conservatory's garden (3 hectares) contains about 4,000 plant species endemic to the Mascarene Islands.

Forests

Forest Bélouve is a magnificent, unspoiled forest situated at 1,500 meters in altitude. It is protected by Réunion National Park and listed as a biological reserve.

Formica LeoFormica Leo, Réunion
Volcanoes
Geological Formations

It is a small volcanic crater on the french island Réunion located at the Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Réunion Island.

Grand BénareGrand Bénare, 97460, Réunion
Viewpoints
Mountain Peaks
Short Hikes

At an elevation of 2898 mètres, Grand Bénare is Reunion's third highest peak. It is most often accessed by hike from the Maido in the heights of Saint Paul.

Grand ÉtangGrand Étang, Réunion
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Grand Étang is the largest lake on the island of Réunion. This lake of 50 hectares, supplied by rainwater and several waterfalls.

Grande Anse beachRoute de Grande Anse, Réunion
Beaches

Grande-Anse is the largest beach on the island Réunion. Grande Anse beach has everything needed to appeal to sunbathers and lovers of coastal landscapes.

Gros MorneGros Morne, Réunion
Viewpoints
Volcanoes

The Gros Morne is a volcanic peak on the island of Réunion, located to the north of the town of Cilaos.

KéloniaPointe des Châteaux, 46 Rue Gral de Gaulle, Saint-Leu 97436, Réunion
Aquariums

Kélonia is a public aquarium located by the seaside on the west coast of Réunion, at the north exit of the town of Saint-Leu. It is also a research and treatment center for marine turtles.

MafateMafate, Réunion
Geological Formations

The Cirque de Mafate is a caldera on Réunion Island. The cirque is entirely enclosed by mountains, especially tall cliffs, save for the sole river exiting, the Rivière des Galets. The name "Mafate" comes from the Malagasy word "Mahafaty", which means lethal, an allusion to the difficulty of accessing the Cirque.

MaïdoMaïdo, 97460, Réunion
Viewpoints
Mountain Peaks

Maïdo Located in the highlands above Saint Paul. Piton Maïdo is known for the outstanding views it offers over the cirque of Mafate and the west coast of Reunion.

Musée de VillèleDomaine Panon-Desbassyns 97435, Saint-Gilles les Hauts 97460, Réunion
Museums

The Historical Museum of Village is a museum of the history of the island of Réunion, Overseas department French in the Indian Ocean. Located in the heights of Saint-Paul in a place called Villèle.

Musée des musiques et instruments de l'Océan Indien4 Rue de la Cayenne, Hell-Bourg 97433, Réunion
Museums
Art Galleries

The Morange house, or museum of music and instruments of the Indian Ocean, is a French museum located in Hell-Bourg, an islet in the town of Salazie. The museum has a collection of 1,500 traditional instruments.

musée Léon-Dierx21 Rue Sainte-Marie, Saint-Denis 97400, Réunion
Museums
Art Galleries

Housed in the former bishop's palace, built-in 1845, this museum hosts Réunion's most important collection of modern art. The more high-profile works may include paintings, sculptures, and ceramics.

Niagara FallNiagara Fall, Réunion
Waterfalls

It is a beautiful waterfall in the commune of Sainte-Suzanne on the island of Réunion with a height of approximately 25 meters.

Pas de BellecombePas de Bellecombe, Réunion
Viewpoints
Mountain Passes

Pas de Bellecombe-Jacob is a mountain pass and vista point overlooking Enclos Fouqué, the last caldera formed by Piton de la Fournaise, the active volcano on the eastern side of Réunion island in the Indian Ocean.

Petite ÎlePetite Île, Réunion
Islands

The Petite Île is an island of the Indian Ocean in the immediate vicinity of the coast south of the island of Reunion.

Piton d'AnchaingPiton d'Anchaing, Réunion
Viewpoints
Mountain Peaks

The Piton d'Anchaing is a mountain summit of the island of Réunion, Overseas department French in the southwest of the Indian Ocean. Culminating at an altitude of 1,356 meters, it overlooks the center of the natural cirque of Salazie.

Piton de la FournaisePiton de la Fournaise, Réunion
Volcanoes

Piton de la Fournaise is often known locally as le Volcan ("the Volcano"); it is a major tourist attraction on Réunion island. It is one of the world's most active and productive volcanoes.

Piton des NeigesPiton des Neiges, Réunion
Viewpoints
Short Hikes
Volcanoes

The Piton des Neiges is the highest point on Réunion and is considered to be the highest point in the Indian Ocean. The volcano has been inactive for 20,000 years and is surrounded by three massive crater valleys, the Cirques. It is a well known hiking destination,and a perfect place to explore wonderful, unspoilt nature.

Map of attractions in Réunion