Few people outside mainland France know of Réunion and even fewer know of its spectacular natural wonders. The island's dearth of world-class beaches has a lot to do with its lack of mass tourism, but what Réunion lacks at sea level it more than makes up for in its wildly dramatic mountain country.
The forbidding mountains and gorges offer a ton of trekking possibilities. If you love Nepal or New Zealand, you'll also love Réunion, which has similar high-quality hiking and trekking - but with a tropical twist. Unfortunately the island is madly expensive, so come loaded.
Facts for the traveller
Money & Costs
Off the beaten track