Ex­plor­ing the Wild Na­ture & Rich Cul­ture of Re­u­nion Is­land

Tourism Tattler - - EDITORIAL -

Seem­ingly hid­den within the cur­rents of the In­dian Ocean is a lit­tle trop­i­cal gem which calls to the heart of ev­ery trav­eller look­ing for the ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence. With far reach­ing moun­tain­ous land­scapes and strik­ingly beau­ti­ful ter­rains, Réu­nion Is­land holds cap­tive a pris­tine his­tor­i­cal charm, lur­ing those look­ing for the per­fect is­land get­away.

Réu­nion Is­land of­fers a unique blend of a trop­i­cal paradise and an ad­ven­turer’s dream. With three Grande Ran­don­née foot­paths cross­ing the is­land, you can ef­fort­lessly im­merse your­self within the depths of Réu­nion Is­land’s nat­u­ral majesty.

The Is­land of­fers a surreal ex­pe­ri­ence, as the nat­u­ral lush green land­scapes give way to vol­canic fields of the Pi­ton de la Four­naise. These heated vol­canic fields have shaped the Is­land. Yet, even this mo­men­tous gi­ant ef­fort­lessly sub­sides at the Is­land’s Southern edge to a re­fresh­ing oceanic breeze.

Cast in the shad­ows of two prom­i­nent vol­canic peaks and cliff-rimmed cirques, rests the tran­quil beaches which epit­o­mises the splen­dour of Re­u­nion Is­land.

Réu­nion Is­land boasts not only an ad­ven­tur­ous re­treat but also a pris­tine nat­u­ral habi­tat for a va­ri­ety of aquatic species. The Nat­u­ral Marine Re­serve ex­tends over an as­tound­ing 40 km of coast­line which stretched from Cap La Hous­saye in Saint-Paul to la Roche aux Oiseaux in Etang-Salé. It is within this pro­tected Marine Re­serve that the 20 km coral reef has flour­ished to be­come a unique fea­ture en­coun­tered by vis­i­tors of Réu­nion Is­land.

With such a di­verse and eco­log­i­cal land­scape the no­tion of di­ver­sity ap­pears to have been em­bed­ded within the heart of Réu­nion Is­land and its res­i­dents. Many of the in­hab­i­tants of Réu­nion Is­land are from France, Mozam­bique, In­dia, China, Mada­gas­car, the Co­mores and Africa, thus lead­ing to a mix­ing-pot of cul­tural lin­eage that maps out the unique tra­di­tions found on Réu­nion Is­land.

Prom­i­nent in­flu­ences from such a di­verse her­itage can be found rooted within the mu­sic and dances en­coun­tered dur­ing your stay on the Is­land. Maloya is a lo­cal dance and mu­sic which de­scends from a nar­ra­tive be­tween African and In­dian mu­sic, mixed with the haunt­ing melodies of the slaves from Africa and Mada­gas­car.

With such di­ver­sity present on the Is­land and its spec­tac­u­lar mix of peo­ple you will find that the cui­sine as well as tra­di­tions of­ten dif­fer. Thus, through­out your stay on the Is­land you can ex­pect in­flu­ences from across the globe, har­nessed and cap­tured in the del­i­ca­cies of­fered on the Is­land.

It’s hard to re­sist the beauty this is­land has to of­fer, mixed with the many aro­mas from the mouth-wa­ter­ing tra­di­tional dishes and play­ful danc­ing per­formed by the lo­cals.

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