Reunion Island is a tropical island southeast of the African continent. With diverse races comprising the local people, many attractive geological and historical sites, and a moderate climate throughout the year, it is never a wrong decision to visit Reunion Island. Here are Reunion Island What to Do: Top 4 Attractions:
Reunion Island: What to Do
Visit the World’s Most Active Volcano
Piton de la Fournaise reaches a height of about 2,700 meters and is one of the worlds most closely monitored volcanoes as it is known to erupt every nine months. The last recorded eruption since the writing of this blog was between the 28th of September and the 4th of October 2022. In this last eruption, the lava flowed at a speed of 8 meters per second and reached as far as 3 km from its origin.
This attraction is great for hikers, thrill seekers, and those who like to observe strange mineral formations. The attraction is surrounded by a semi-arid shrubland and savannah that is a site to behold and appreciate the solemness of from the heights of the hilly and volcanic peaks that overlook the valleys.
Visit the Slave Monument of “Place of Memory” known as the Géréon and Jasmin monument
Reunion Island has a deep history of slavery. It is due to this reason it has such a rich diversity of races and nationalities encompassing everything from nordic heritage, Indians, Africans and even Arabs. Located in Saint-Denis,Barachois, the monument of “Place of Memory” depicts a man holding his decapitated head above his shoulders. The story behind the monument speaks of a slave uprising of which 145 slaves were arrested and 25 of were executed. This monument is a tribute to those who were executed.
Holding his decapitated head as if rejoicing in victory, that his slain brother’s efforts were not in vain, the statue’s subject sends chills down onlookers’ spines. There are flowers and two chameleons at the feet of the statue, which according to some, symbolise innocence and a connection to nature, while others can speculate a darker meaning. The base of the monument is shaped conically, and it represents the mountains to which the slaves fled when there was no where else to go.
Explore the enchanting “Lava Tunnels”
An absolute must-do when visiting Reunion Island, this underground tunnel is found daringly close to the Piton de la Fournaise volcano (it was formed as a result of a volcanic eruption) and is a great chance to learn about geology and explore an extraordinary natural attraction. Visitors usually spend a stunning three hours exploring these tunnels and that is for a good reason; there isn’t a place quite like this anywhere else on the planet, especially one where people can view underflowing lava from an opening in the ground from a safe distance.
Spend a day at Rando Aqua Reunion
Rando Aqua is a natural water based attraction where visitors can engage in various rafting, canoeing, or kayaking activities in an expansive rainforest area. The area also boasts ziplining activities where visitors can zipline from alarming heights all the while enjoying the area’s rainforest features and mountainous peaks. The guides and instructors of this attraction are well-praised for their professionalism, gripping storytelling, and strong knowledge of the areas history and ecological features. After a long day of activities, visitors would be well advised to come prepared to enjoy a picnic in the natural elements.
Here’s a Reunion Island FAQ if you’re interested to find out more about the enchanting little island.
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