Réu­nion Is­land: Per­fect for Easter Hol­i­days

A per­fect Easter holiday des­ti­na­tion

Tourism Tattler - - EDITORIAL -

Lo­cated in the In­dian Ocean, Réu­nion Is­land can be reached by a quick 4-hour flight on Air Aus­tral from Johannesburg and what’s more, South African pass­port hold­ers do not re­quire a visa for a visit of up to 90 days which makes this is­land des­ti­na­tion a great op­tion for your Easter hol­i­days.

With palm trees rustling in the sea breeze, crys­tal clear wa­ters, an ad­ven­ture wait­ing around ev­ery cor­ner and year-round warm weather, you will quickly fall in love with this in­cred­i­ble In­dian Ocean Is­land. This di­verse des­ti­na­tion boasts an ac­tive (but safe to visit) vol­cano, a warm In­dian Ocean la­goon teem­ing with ma­rine life, over 1000km’s of lush hik­ing trails and a fas­ci­nat­ing and en­gag­ing lo­cal cre­ole cul­ture.

For those who seek a tran­quil rest in the most beau­ti­ful of sur­rounds, the is­land will not dis­ap­point, but for those who like to be ac­tive and get out­doors, this trop­i­cal par­adise of­fers a plethora of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Take one of the many hikes and mar­vel at the un­du­lat­ing land­scapes formed by years of vol­canic ac­tiv­ity. Visit Pi­ton de la Four­naise, Re­union Is­land’s fa­mous ac­tive vol­cano. Vis­i­tors can even hike to its rim; a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Dis­cover one of the many moun­tain bike trails and stop at some of the pic­turesque cas­cad­ing wa­ter­falls along the route. Try your hand at paraglid­ing, SUPing (stand up pad­dle­board­ing), aqua-hik­ing or visit gi­ant lava tubes; huge tun­nels made in the earth from pre­vi­ous lava flows.

Chil­dren will just love a whale and dol­phin watch­ing ex­cur­sion (among other sea crea­tures such as sea tur­tles) at Bato Pèi. Aquar­ium de la Réu­nion is also a favourite with fam­i­lies, and it’s not dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand why, as the aquar­ium is home to some 500 ma­rine species in­clud­ing sea­horses, lob­sters and a wide va­ri­ety of fish species.

The is­land is also home to fab­u­lous ho­tels that cater for all tastes and bud­gets, most of which are fam­ily friendly and who’s staff love to wel­come South Africans to their beau­ti­ful is­land. De­pend­ing on where you stay and the age of your chil­dren, some of the is­land’s ac­com­mo­da­tion es­tab­lish­ments do not charge for chil­dren shar­ing with their par­ents in the same room and some of­fer great fun at their kids’ club fa­cil­i­ties.

When search­ing for the ul­ti­mate Easter Hol­i­days get­away, look no fur­ther than Re­union Is­land. It will cer­tainly thrill you! There is so much to see and do, you can do a lot or a lit­tle, the choice is yours. There is no short­age of mem­o­ries wait­ing to be made this Easter­time. Réu­nion Is­land Tourism Board is rep­re­sented by Atout France in South Africa.

Im­age: Anakao Press

Im­age: Em­manuel Virin Im­age: Anakao Press Im­age credit: Gabriel Barathieu

Im­age: Anakao Press

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