Réunion is home to many cultures and hosts many unique festivals. Highlights include a 10-day street fair to mark the Festival of Notre Dame De Salette in, a wine harvest festival in Cilaos
and Creole Week in October. Many people make their way to the island for the Sakifo Musik Festival, which spans over three days. Held every June, Sakifo is consided one of the top 25 music festivals in the world. It brings together live reggae, electro, and rock
St-Denis, the endearing capital, is a must see, a trip to Réunion without a visit to the capital is incomplete. Exploring the city is best done on foot, walking tours will be the best way to learn more about the history of the St-Denis and Réunion. St-Denis' French, Indian, Chinese and African origins are showcased by many monuments and buildings. Some of these include Temple Tamoul (a towering structure with traditional Hindu carvings), L’église Notre-Dame-de-la-Délivrance de Saint-Denis,13 Jardin de l’Etat 5 (a beautiful garden with a fountain pool lined with palm trees), and La Paguode Chinoise (a Chinese pagoda shrine).
Réunion’s marine turtle species are preserved by The Kelonia Marine Turtle Observatory. Watch as marine turtles swim in indoor and outdoor tanks. A highlight is an albino turtle that lives in an outdoor tank. The observatory's outdoor area features two species of land tortoises, as well as a research and treatment centre.
4. An Active Volcano
Piton de la Fournaise (Furnace Peak) is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and has erupted as recently as February of this year (2017). Surrounding the 2631m-high volcano’s active cone is the caldera. If you’re brave enough, you can hike into the crater and up to the volcano’s summit. Many locals offer guided walking tours and rides. Make sure not to leave Réunion without first seeing this fiery mountain up close.
Réunion is an exotic food lovers dream. A variety of French, Indian, Creole, Chinese and even Italian foods, all making the most of Réunion’s freshly caught seafood, as well as locally grown fruits, vegetables, and spices. For some incredibly fresh produce, visit the market.