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Réunion is an island located east of Madagascar. It is a remarkably rugged and green island. The volcanos are ideal for hikers and mountaineers. Divers like the rich marine life.
The Piton des Neiges is a volcano of no less than 3,069 meters. You can see this volcano looming from almost anywhere on the island. The most popular excursion is to climb this volcano. This can be done in a day, but over two days is even better. As you can stand on the peak to watch the sunrise.
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The Piton de la Fournaise is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The volcano is 2,632 meters high and is located next to the Piton des Neiges. You can also hike on several paths. Ask about the hiking options at the information centre. You can obtain information at the Maison du Volcan. The museum holds information about the many past volcanic eruptions.
Boucan Canot beach is famous for its golden sand. Shark-like nets are put up, so swimming is allowed. In addition, you will find a promenade with cafes, terraces and restaurants.
The Cascade de Grand Galet is a beautiful waterfall where you can also swim. You can hike to the waterfall, then have a splash in the water. The waterfall of Grand Galet is near the town of Saint-Joseph.
The Trois Bassins Waterfall is a beautiful excursion. You walk through a river to get to the waterfalls. Locally, they are known as Les Cascades de Trois-Bassins. Wear good shoes, because the bottom can be sharp.
Réunion has an unprecedentedly rich marine life. With various coral reefs, many fish, also a lot of sharks and other sea animals. The sharks pose a problem as in the past both locals and tourists were attacked. These attacks often resulted in death.
Remarkably, diving around the island of Réunion is safe and numerous diving excursions are carried out. La Réunion has more than 3,500 species of marine animals, making it one of the richest coral reefs in the world.