With one of the world’s most active volcanoes, the highest mountain in the Indian Ocean, lush, primeval forests, vast natural amphitheatres and sweeping, golden beaches, Réunion is an island of dramatic contrasts. Ruggedly beautiful, Réunion has all the ingredients for an exhilarating, outdoor holiday – take your walking shoes and your bathing costume! Three central cirques or amphitheatres dominate the topography of the island and the climate is temperate in the mountains. The east coast is characterised by verdant, tropical vegetation and wild, black volcanic beaches. The west coast is generally dry, with golden, sandy beaches.