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Sport and leisure activities

Aerial sports

Paragliding, hang gliding and ultra-light aircraft – Exceptional sites, particularly around St-Leu.


Three golf clubs at Étang-Salé, St-Denis and St-Gilles.

Hiking, riding and mountain biking

Horse riding – Lovely horse rides in the peaceful mérens: Plaine des Cafres, around the volcano, western highlands and Entre-Deux.

Walking – A thousand kilometres of signposted paths with varying levels of difficulty, including two Grande Randonnée itineraries.

www.maisondelamontagne.re and Allo sentiers t 0262 37 38 39.

Mountain biking – Nearly 1 400 km of trails. Bicycle rentals with and without a guide.


Helicopter – Flights over the calderas and island.

4WD – Great panoramas of some calderas and the volcano.

Mountaineering, canyoning, white water sports

Good sites include the eastern rivers and calderas of Cilaos and Salazie. Information - Maison de la montagne de St-Denis and tourist offices.

Water sports

Deep-sea fishing – Best season: October-May. Departures: St-Gilles and St-Pierre.

Scuba diving – Several good sites. Clubs at St-Leu and St-Gilles.

Surfing – Best spots: St-Pierre, St-Leu and L’Étang-Salé. Morey and waveski surfing also possible.

Swimming – The beaches are public and equipped with coloured flags that indicate the safety level. Don’t swim in the lagoon in the five days following heavy rainfall or a cyclone.

Windsurfing – Spots: in the lagoon or outside for experienced surfers. Sharks possible at Baie de St-Paul and Jamaïque at St-Denis.

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