It has it all – nature has given this island volcanoes, mountains, tropical forests, long beaches… and as Ben Ringel experienced, here the word vacation means all but lying on the beach.
Resembling a rock immersed in the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island is unique in many ways and it is OK to say that it is one of the most intriguing places in the world. At first glance Reunion resembles a part of France, which is miraculously teleported in the tropics. But behind the original Gallic charm is shining an ornament of all other influences, primarily Indian, African and Chinese. Far less known than the neighboring Mauritius, this volcanic island is differentiated by its geography – adds Ben Ringel.
In a short period, the landscape of lava field changes in wonderful countryside, and rugged mountain ranges suddenly transform themselves into a welcoming sandy beaches. One of the most active volcanoes in the world, Piton de la Fournaise, is located right here on the island, along with a unique natural amphitheater. Nature itself took care of Reunion so the island can offer everything: a quiet holiday at the beach, but also great waves for surfing, mountain peaks for paragliding, trekking or just for hiking, river rafting…
However, not everything in life can be found in the nature, landscapes and adrenaline. The influence of French, Creole, Indian and Chinese cultures here have created a unique architectural style, music, art, language and values in every sense of the word. Reunion is a tropical island, but not in the usual “to soak up the sun in the gardens of Eden” experience. That’s why it should not be compared with Mauritius or the Seychelles. Actually, it should not be compared it with anything. It should be, if you believe the experienced world travelers like Ben Ringel, experienced with all of its beauty and diversity.
For all those of you who cannot imagine your vacation without adrenaline rush and a wind in your hair, Reunion is the right choice. Walking, hiking, paragliding, canoeing, rafting, scuba diving, surfing, hang-gliding surfing, fishing, and sky diving… the possibilities are endless.