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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Réunion

L'Étang-Salé - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Réunion

Nestling between the Indian Ocean and the unspoilt forest, half-way between Saint-Leu and Saint-Pierre, the coastal village of L'Étang-Salé-les-Bains enjoys an ideal geographical position. Appreciated by lovers of peace and quiet, this small seaside resort still has a pleasant seafront and a beautiful beach of volcanic black sand. While the long expanse of fine sand is a very inviting place for sunbathing, swimming is unfortunately not allowed due to the frequent presence of sharks. Children and adults can nonetheless take a dip near the lifeguard station, in the supervised swimming area which is protected by an anti-shark net. Be careful not to get burned as the black sand can be very hot at certain times of day…

And if greenery is more to your taste, do not hesitate to enjoy a walk in the pretty national forest of L'Étang-Salé. Its fitness trail and many paths lined with Australian pines, eucalyptus, Indian tamarinds and flamboyants are sure to delight you!

South of L'Étang-Salé-les-Bains, heading towards Saint-Louis, you can go and explore the wild coast and its impressive gulf, a rocky corridor where the waves of the Indian Ocean come crashing in…

Younger visitors are sure to enjoy a visit to Croc Parc in L'Étang-Salé-les-Hauts, a leisure park covering 5 hectares with crocodile pools, a botanical garden, mini-golf, playground, inflatables and a water fun area.

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Between sea and forest, L'Étang-Salé has preserved the authenticity of the Reunion small cities in which to live. It is the ideal starting point and center for touring the island of Reunion: both close to Cilaos, the RN3 through which West Island East through the Volcano, and St. Peter, the great Southern town rich in entertainment and activity options like Mobilboard or canyoning.

For fans, you will find L'Étang-Salé golf Bourbon, several riding clubs can rent electric bikes, mountain bikes, the quadbike.

Sea side, you will find one of the few black sand beaches gold spangled, mixture of basalt and coral. The beach is protected and monitored by an aid station. The casuarina trees that line the beach offer pleasant shaded walks. You can also practice pretty salty dives there.

Going towards the south, a few remarkable points such as the Sardine Basin Blue Basin, the abyss of Etang Salé, Zen garden, bike paths and waterfront trails offer beautiful walks and views.

The Etang Salé forest has become a paradise for leisure activities: golf health, jogging, many marked walks, everyone will find happiness!

Things to see and do

L'Étang-Salé, common where it is good:

Walking through its forest, near Croc Park (crocodile farm).

Cool off in the Indian Ocean at L'Étang-Salé-les-Bains and bask on a black sand beach.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Nature Segway Ride in Etang Salé Forest
Nature and the great outdoors89 € L'Étang-Salé

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Events and festivities

Like antiquing? The 3rd Sunday of every month at Etang-Salé-les-Bains, a flea market prompted to do so.

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