Wonders of Réunion

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Landscape in Cirque Mafate, Réunion
Landscape in Cirque Mafate, Réunion / Simon Bonaventure, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Most interesting wonders of Réunion

Below are listed the most amazing natural and man made landmarks of Réunion.

Natural landmarks

Cascade Blanche, Reunion
Cascade Blanche / Thierry Caro, / CC BY-SA 3.0

Waterfalls

  • Biberon Falls – 240 m tall waterfall, water for most part slides down along a slope.
  • Bras d’Annette – very tall waterfall.
  • Trou de Fer canyon and waterfalls – several cascades of streams in Trou de Fer – one of most magnificent slot canyons in the world. Total height of Bras de Caverne Falls is 725 m, first step is 210 m high (mostly dry), next – 180 m high and third – 300 m, several smaller steps in between. There are six more very tall waterfalls in the canyon. Lower Bras Mazerin fall is 270 m tall.
  • Cascade Blanche – 640 metres tall waterfall.
  • Chaudron Falls – approximately 500 m tall waterfall.
  • Fleurs Jaunes Falls – unusual waterfall, sliding down along a cliff in narrow channel. Total height – approximately 300 m, tallest drop – approximately 55 m.
  • Grand Galet Falls – group of beautiful waterfalls in south-eastern part of island, 45 m high.
  • Niagara Falls – impressive, approximately 55 m tall waterfall.
  • Takamaka Falls – very tall waterfall with several steps.
  • Voile de la Mariée in Cirque Salazie – group of very tall waterfalls, falling in steps and sliding down the forested cliffs. Height of cliffs here exceeds 800 m.

Other natural landmarks

Formica Leo crater in Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion
Formica Leo crater in Piton de la Fournaise / qdos, / CC BY-SA 2.0
  • Piton de la Fournaise – one of the most active volcanoes in the world, erupted more than 100 times since 1640. Impressive, deep caldera – Enclos Fouqué. Interesting is smaller crater inside – Formica Leo, resembling sand formations by antlions. Flows of basalt lava sometimes reach the ocean.

Man made landmarks

Churches

  • Notre-Dame des Laves – church of Piton-Sainte-Rose village. Lava flow from nearby Piton de la Fournaise entered the building but stopped without destroying it. Now the entrance is cleared and church is in use again.
  • St. Anne church in Saint-Benoît – very ornate, extravagant church, rebuilt from common, plain church in the 1920s by father Daubemberger.

Palaces

  • Lauratet Palace – fine palace in Neo-Classical style, constructed in the late 18th century.
  • Morange Palace – small palace in Neo-Classical style, constructed in the middle of the 19th century.

Other man made landmarks

Grave of Le Sitarane, Reunion
Grave of Le Sitarane / Thierry Caro, / CC BY-SA 3.0
  • Grave of Le Sitarane – grave of African bandit and sorcerer Le Sitarane, who was sentenced to death in 1911. He killed people to use their body parts in sorcery. Grave today is occasionally used in black magic rituals.
  • Hell-Bourg – beautiful spa-town, developed around hot spring. Located in caldera of volcano, with beautiful sights and lush gardens.
  • Hotel De Ville in St. Denis – majestic building in Neo-Classical style.
  • Jardin de l’État – historical botanical gardens in Saint-Denis, set up in 1767 – 1773. Here is located also natural history museum, which was opened in 1855.
  • Vallée secrète – a secret camp of runaway slaves 2000 m above the sea level, very hard to climb. Built in the 18th century, rediscovered in 1995.

Described wonders of Réunion

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Trou de Fer canyon and waterfalls: -21.037780, 55.554287

Réunion is one of overseas departments of France. This island is located in the Indian Ocean.
In spite of its small size this island offers rather diverse landmarks. Most impressive landmarks in Réunion are the numerous supertall waterfalls in forest covered, incredibly deep canyons and ravines. Some of the world’s tallest waterfalls are located in this small island. This phenomenon is possible due to extreme cliffs and very abundant rainfall.
Very interesting is also the Piton de la Fournaise volcano which sometimes pours its lava directly into Indian Ocean.

Featured: Trou de Fer canyon and waterfalls

View from above. The tallest - 300 m step of Bras de Caverne in the upper middle part, 270 m tall fall of Bras Mazerin in lower left corner
View from above. The tallest – 300 m step of Bras de Caverne in the upper middle part, 270 m tall fall of Bras Mazerin in lower left corner. "Washing Machine" is the sharp corner of canyon in the central – right side of image / jennifer_greatoutdoors, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Trou de Fer is one of most magnificent canyons in the world. This short canyon is adorned with countless waterfalls, including the 725 m tall falls of Bras de Caverne stream.

Recommended books

Mauritius: Rodrigues, Réunion


Bradt’s Mauritius is the most comprehensive guide available to the Mascarene islands of Mauritius, its dependency Rodrigues and the French island of Réunion. Covering the full range of accommodation and restaurants, from budget to sheer luxury, it also offers in-depth cultural insights, including detailed information on food(and local recipes), language, customs and music, as well as useful phrases in Mauritian and Réunionnais Creole.

Insight Guides Mauritius, Réunion & Seychelles


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