Factors like lockdown fatigue, revenge travel, hunger to explore, are all making people step outside the confines of their homes and countries. How do we know that? Deloitte recently unveiled the latest 30-day analysis of its Global State of the Consumer Tracker. It highlights that there has been a consumption revival in India, with consumers inclining towards a positive spending intent. The research further indicates that Indian consumers are open to the idea of spending on travel and are less hesitant about in-person events and activities. With several initiatives to allow the movement of passengers between nations like air bubbles, vaccine passports, travel corridors, and now Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL), search inquiries for travel to international destinations, have been on the rise, providing a glimmer of hope for the beleaguered travel and hospitality sector.
Reunion Island, the French jewel in the Indian Ocean, will tick all the right boxes if your idea of a holiday is an eclectic mix of culture, adventure, responsible tourism, and delectable gastronomy. To reach Reunion Island from India, it usually takes about eight hours by flight from Chennai on direct flights via their national carrier Air Austral. Connections are also possible through Mauritius.
As the saying goes, you miss 100 per cent of the shots you don’t take, when you’re visiting Reunion Island, we wouldn’t let you miss any of your best shots to discover the gems of this island. That’s why we have collated a list of the top 5 unmissable experiences on this intensely natural tropical paradise. Are you ready for your discovery?The Blue Lava Tunnel
Embark on a subterranean adventure into the volcanic bowels of Reunion Island. You have a thrilling rendezvous with the most secret lava tubes on the island! The entrance to the Blue Tunnel, relatively young at 22,000 years old, is on private land, and open to small groups only. Bluish, orange, or red rocks, sparkling grey surfaces, and stalactites that look like melted chocolate: at every step, the light of your lamp reveals authentic natural wonders. In the profound silence of these depths, prepare to experience a feeling of complete solitude!
Flying a paraglider
Reunion Island’s most popular activity is without doubt its paragliding activity, suited for both amateurs and professionals alike. Your adventure begins at Les Colimaçons in the hills above Saint-Leu. Around 800m above sea level, you reach the special take-off point with panoramic views. After the usual safety checks, you will receive the green signal to soar like a bird! Do not fret, while high in the sky, your paragliding trainer will be there to guide you on what to do – turning to the right, and then the left, like a tropicbird, you try to find the updrafts. Up there, in the peaceful sky above Reunion Island, you will witness Saint-Leu and its surroundings. A few moments later, you land smoothly on the sand, your head still in the clouds.
Hike and helicopter flight in Mafate
On Reunion, it’s possible to combine hiking with a helicopter flight! Setting off from Deux-Bras, you walk for 2 hours, from Rivière des Galets to the hamlet of Cayenne, via the Bras d’Oussy pool. The imposing silhouettes of Piton Cabris and then Piton des Calumets rear up before you. At Cayenne, you will share a succulent curry cooked on a wood fire in a lodge with a multicoloured metal roof. Then you will climb on board a helicopter for a uniquely thrilling ride! From the sky, you can see the depth of the gorges in Mafate and its little hamlets. You can appreciate in full the rare beauty of this timeless place far from the hustle and bustle of the world.
Rejuvenate with a massage on the lagoon
What could be more rejuvenating than a massage on a paddleboard, gently lulled by the lapping waves? Reunion Island makes this possible! Head over to the sandy beach of La Saline solo or with your better half for many moments of relaxation! In the shade of a parasol, beach mats, sun loungers, cushions, cocktails and your massage therapist await you. To help you reconnect with your senses, the therapist can also create an ‘exhausting session’. Close your eyes, as the therapist’s voice guides you to calmer, deeper, and more relaxing breathing. You will learn the art of self-massage, identifying which acupressure points to stimulate.
Fatigue, stress, migraines, and muscle tensions – now all these ailments will be relieved by your expert fingers! Your benefactor invites you to take it in turns to lie down on the floating massage table fitted with ergonomic cushions and sheer curtains. Splash! All your worries are washed away into the water!
Discover the depths of water with Dolphins
After a thorough briefing from your dive instructor get set to head out to sea at the port of Saint-Gilles. A little later than 10 minutes, you will approach a pod of dolphins, playing around the boat, somersaulting out of the water. Time to go and look at them more closely – under the water! You find yourself surrounded by the happy dolphins listening to their whistles. No, you’re not dreaming. Your instructor’s camera captures every detail of this extraordinary encounter. On the way back there’s a twinkle in your eyes and a big smile on your lips! One’s journey takes its true colours only when one loses control and completely immerses in it and there cannot be a better place to lose yourself but in the lap of unique offerings provided by the union of geographical marvels at Reunion Island.
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