Last updated: 4 March 2018
This captivating French island in the Indian Ocean, is rimmed by soft black and white beaches and touched by warm turquoise waters but it is the interior landscapes that are most impressive. The island boasts an active volcano, verdant rainforests, quaint villages, and many magnificent waterfalls. Here craggy, green mountains have been shaped by eruptions and gushing rivers.

The culture and cuisine has been influenced by the African, Asian and French people that called this place home. The many restaurants feature just caught fresh seafood, and French inspired pastries.


Here you can hike, paraglide, mountain bike or ride horses through the many forest trails. Visit the caldera, or climb the highest mountain peak.  Dive on the west coast where five hundred species of colorful fish inspect the vivid coral gardens.  Take a ride in a transparent boat, try your hand at stand-up boarding, swim with whales and dolphins or just sip cocktails on the beach.

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