Reunion Island, an Eden for canyoneering ?
That's what fans of this outdoor activity mid-way between rock-climbing and water sports say. Indeed, its mountainous landscape and tropical rainfall are a favorite for fans of abseiling under waterfalls, sliding into natural slides or jumping in the numerous pools. 70 equipped canyons, 131 kilometers of trails, a combined vertical drop of 28 000 meters, so many possibilities on such a small area !
For all these activities, basic safety rules need to be respected. To practice on trust, we suggest you be accompanied by patented guides.
For obvious safety reasons and his knowledge of the sites, you'll be better off with an official qualified instructor. The same providers often offer rock climbing and canyoning expeditions in the heart of Reunion Island, sometimes on the same sites.
Cilaos, the tropical capital of mountain activities, is logically Chamonix's (the birthplace of mountaineering) sister city. It is considered by specialists as its equivalent in the southern hemisphere (less the snow!).
Useful publications :
- Topo guide Réunion Madagascar 2009. 73 Canyons dans l'Océan Indien. Emeric Beaucheron & Co
If you are really experienced and go out without supervision, take a loaded cell phone: even without a chip, you can join the international emergency number: 112.