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Wonders of Reunion

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

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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. The 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 on 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 the Indian Ocean.

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WorldViolet Top 21 wonders of Réunion

Geological wonders

Trou de Fer canyon and waterfalls

Several cascades of streams in Trou de Fer – one of the most magnificent slot canyons in the world. The total height of Bras de Caverne Falls is 725 m, the first step is 210 m high (mostly dry), the next – 180 m high, and the third – 300 m, with several smaller steps in between. There are six more very tall waterfalls in the canyon. Lower Bras Mazerin fall is 270 m tall.

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 the lower left corner. "Washing Machine" is the sharp corner of the canyon in the central – right side of image / jennifer_greatoutdoors, / 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 the smaller crater inside – Formica Leo, resembling sand formations by antlions. Flows of basalt lava sometimes reach the ocean.

Formica Leo crater in Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion
Formica Leo crater in Piton de la Fournaise / qdos, / CC BY-SA 2.0
Cascade Blanche

640 meters tall waterfall.

Cascade Blanche, Reunion
Cascade Blanche / Thierry Caro, / CC BY-SA 3.0
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. The height of the cliffs here exceeds 800 m.

Chaudron Falls

Approximately 500 m tall waterfall.

Grand Galet Falls

Group of beautiful waterfalls in the south-eastern part of the island, 45 m high.

Niagara Falls in Reunion

An impressive, approximately 55 m tall waterfall.

Fleurs Jaunes Falls

An unusual waterfall, sliding down along a cliff in a narrow channel. Total height – approximately 300 m, tallest drop – approximately 55 m.

Bras d’Annette

Very tall waterfall.

Pointe au Sel Blowhole
Pointe au Sel Blowhole. / Elodie Milleret, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
Biberon Falls

240 m tall waterfall, water for the most part slides down along a slope.

Architecture wonders

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 the church is in use again.

Vallée secrète

A secret camp of runaway slaves 2000 m above sea level, very hard to climb. Built in the 18th century, rediscovered in 1995.

St. Anne church in Saint-Benoît

Very ornate, extravagant church, rebuilt from a common, plain church in the 1920s by father Daubemberger.

Hotel De Ville in St. Denis

A majestic building in a Neo-Classical style.

Morange Castle

Small palace in Neo-Classical style, constructed in the middle of the 19th century.

Jardin de l’État

Historical botanical gardens in Saint-Denis, set up in 1767 – 1773. Here is located also natural history museum that was opened in 1855.

Lauratet Palace

Fine palace in a Neo-Classical style, constructed in the late 18th century.

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.

Grave of Le Sitarane, Reunion
Grave of Le Sitarane / Thierry Caro, / CC BY-SA 3.0

A beautiful spa town, developed around hot springs. Located in the caldera of a volcano, with beautiful sights and lush gardens.

WorldYellow 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

These three island countries and regions conjure up instant images of white sand beaches, honeymoons, and general luxury travel, but there is so much more to discover in addition. Be inspired to visit by the fully-updated new edition of Insight Guide Mauritius, Réunion & Seychelles, a comprehensive full-color guide to three very distinctive destinations.

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