The 10 Reunion Island beaches are a secret paradise just waiting to be discovered. The French-controlled island is located in the Indian Ocean about 550 kilometers (340 miles) east of Madagascar.
West Reunion Island Beach’s crystal blue lagoon waters
From mountains to volcanoes, gorgeous turquoise sea beaches/lagoons, and unique wildlife species, Reunion Island is a destination rich in natural splendor.
Nature on Reunion Island can be explored in a variety of ways. Hiking in the Cirques or scuba diving to observe stunning reefs and colorful fish are both options. Whales and dolphins frequent the island waters, so you’re in for a treat!
There are also other locations where you may simply take in the breathtaking view. Renting a car is the quickest method to see the island. Cirque de Cilaos and Route du Volcan are two of the most beautiful sights to see on the island.
My favorite way to see Reunion Island Beaches is to go to all of the beaches! But, before we get into them all, there’s one thing we need to talk about: sharks.
10 Best Reunion Island Beaches
Here is a list of the greatest beaches on Reunion Island for all those beach bums, surfers, and swimmers:
The beach gets its name from L’ermitage-Les-Bains, which is located on the island’s western side. It appears to be French for “seclusion area.” Isn’t it cool?
1. Plage de L’Hermitage
Because of the lagoon’s shallow water, this is one of the island’s most popular beaches. The lagoon creates almost 500 meters of warm, shallow, and tranquil water at a depth of 1–2 meters. I wouldn’t be concerned about sharks at this beach because the lagoon’s blue water is shallow and sheltered by a coral barrier.
Hermitage Beach is also one of Reunion Island’s most beautiful beaches, making it excellent for beach walks, jogs, relaxing with a good book, or simply watching the sunset.
You can also trek over the coral reefs to catch waves or dive and explore the rich and colorful marine life if you’re looking for additional adventure and thrill.
Plage de L’Hermitage is, in my opinion, one of the island’s most unusual beaches. It features the world’s longest shoreline, stretching over 7 kilometers, and is the most popular snorkeling location.
2. Plage de la Saline-les-Bains
La Saline-Les-Bains beach is a little further south of the more noisy and bustling L’Hermitage beach. This beach is also surrounded by pine trees and is protected by coral reefs.
This beach, like Hermitage, is one of the best swimming beaches on the island of Reunion. Due to its serenity, shallow waters, smooth white sand, and relative safety from sharks and currents, it is popular with families.
Snorkeling and exploring seabeds alive with damselfish, clownfish, and other colorful fish is also popular in La Saline-Les-Bains.
There is a separate play area for kids, complete with inflatable slides, trampolines, and a volleyball net.
A word of caution: there aren’t enough trees in La Saline-Les-Bains to give shade for everyone. It’s a good idea to carry sunscreen, a hat, and an umbrella.
Alternatively, there are numerous cafés and diners along the beach where you can purchase food and beverages. In exchange for orders, these will give you sun loungers and umbrellas.
The presence of lifeguards here is greatly appreciated since it contributes to the beach’s safe and relaxing atmosphere.
3. Trou d’Eau Beach
Trou d’Eau Beach on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, near the village of La Saline-Les-Bains.
At sunset, numerous people may be seen paddle boarding near the village of La Saline-Les-Bains on Reunion Island’s Trou d’Eau beach.
Trou d’eau is a white sand beach on the island’s western coast. With its exotic palm trees and snow-white sand, it’s picture-perfect.
Trou d’eau is regarded as the island’s most stunning beach. It’s the kind of beach you’d find on Windows screensavers or the front of a tropical vacation brochure.
If you’re searching for a beautiful, safe place to swim, this beach is ideal. It’s deeper than everywhere else in the lagoon, yet the coral reefs keep sharks at bay.
Many swimming competitions are held here. Alternatively, you can unwind or participate in watersports and activities such as kayaking, SUP, or transparent canoeing.
Sunsets are spectacular here, as they are on all of the west coast’s beaches.
There is a free parking area, however, it is limited and cannot accommodate many automobiles.
4. Plage de Saint-Leu
At Le Souffleur in Saint-Leu, Reunion Island, a boy watches a sunset through a cave.
This is one of Saint Leu’s most popular beaches, and because it is so close to the city center, it gets highly crowded on weekends.
Swimming is permitted in the specified area between the marina and the coral reef that partially closes the bay. There is a risk of getting pulled by the current if you go any further than the two lifeguard stations. Similarly, avoid the area highlighted by yellow beacons in the woods.
The seas are teeming with life, with a stunning coral garden sheltering a plethora of attractive and colorful species. Many visitors come to the lagoon to snorkel and explore marine life.
Triggerfish, butterflyfish, and surgeonfish are attracted to the corals here. Small moray eels and juvenile lionfish can also be seen hidden in crevices and beneath tabular corals. (Lagon de Saint-Leu snorkeling report) You might also see enormous clams or arc-eye hawkfish if you’re lucky.
Screw pine trees abound in Saint-Leu, making it one of my favorite places to rest and relax in the shade. It’s also a great place to go paragliding, swimming, or have a picnic.
5. Plage de l’Etang Sale
Etang-Sale beach on Reunion Island, with its distinctive black sand and Indian Ocean waves
L’etang Sale is a black sand beach hidden away from the lagoon’s amenities. The beach, which is framed by palm trees and located on the island’s southwestern tip, is a local favorite for watching the sunset.
I also suggest bringing a beach blanket or chair and simply watching the local fishermen arrive with their catch of the day. Surfers, windsurfers, and kitesurfers will also be seen riding the waves.
Because sharks are abundant in this area, heed the natives’ cautions.
You can take a walk to the northern end of the beach to get away from the water. The commercial center, which includes camping grounds and motels, is located there. Many restaurants serve fresh seafood and dishes brimming with a blend of French and Creole tastes.
Visit the AkOatys waterpark or Croc Park, a wildlife refuge and amusement park, for family-friendly activities.
6. Saint-Pierre Beach
Beaches on Reunion Island – Saint Pierre Beach, near the port
This is one of Reunion Island’s quieter and less crowded beaches. The beach is named after the city in which it is located, and it has beautiful, fine golden sand that is lined with casuarina trees.
You can swim here safely because it is protected by a coral reef. Don’t forget to bring your mask and snorkels.
With lifeguard stations, toilets, and showers, Saint Pierre is also kid-friendly. The beach is a short walk from the marina and pedestrian-friendly embankments and is popular with both locals and visitors.
If you enjoy art and history as much as I do, you’ll enjoy a stroll through town to see the treasures of French, Creole, and Tamil architecture.
7. Boucan Canot Beach
Boucan Canot is another beautiful white sand beach on Reunion Island, located on the west side of the island in the municipality of Saint Paul.
The closest swimming spot to the capital is here. The water in Hermitage and La Saline Les Bains is deeper than the lagoon because there is no coral reef.
The pedestrian walkway in Boucan Canot is bustling with restaurants, cafes, and bars where you can sip your favorite drink while taking in the beauty of the Indian Ocean.
The bottom is covered in rocks and corals, which attract a variety of fish eager to be discovered! Another great spot for snorkeling and surfing is Boucan Canot.
Anti-shark nets, which keep both the sharks and my anxieties in control, are my favorite feature of Boucan Canot.
This beach is also a fantastic choice for families traveling with children. A natural swimming pool surrounded by volcanic rocks may be seen on the right side. This pool is also in front of the lifeguard station, which is ideal.
8. Plage des Roches Noires
The iconic beach of Saint-Gilles, Reunion Island’s principal beach resort, is Roches Noires.
Because it is not part of the lagoon, it has deeper water. Many sunbathers and those wishing to kick back and relax go to this beach because of the excellent white sand.
After a tropical hurricane hit in 2007, this beach was severely damaged. It is, nonetheless, a local favorite, particularly among surfers. Many teenage surfers come here during their school breaks or evenings to catch waves.
Plage des Roches Noires, like Boucan Canot, features shark nets to keep the sharks at bay. As a result, swimming and watersports are safe at the beach. I must, however, caution you from walking on pebbles or sea urchins.
This beach is also a popular snorkeling area. It is teeming with species such as triggerfish, butterflyfish, surgeonfish, and sole, despite its small size.
This beach is also patrolled by lifeguards and is close to numerous restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs.
Locals assemble on this beach every year for the Grand Boucan carnival.
9. Plage des Brisant’s
Brisant’s is one of Reunion’s longest beaches, bordering Hermitage Beach on the western side of the island. It may not be the most picturesque, but it does stretch for 2.5 kilometers (1.55343 miles), which is hard to surpass!
Swimming is not recommended here, especially near the port of Saint-Gilles on the northern side. The waves are too big, and there are warning signs about sharks.
It is, nevertheless, well-known among surfers, who refer to it as the ‘breaking beach.’ You can also play beach tennis or volley outside of the ocean.
Locals frequent this beach, particularly for sunset drinks or dinner at the Sauvage bar and restaurant.
10 Grand Anse Beach
Grand Anse is located on the island’s wilder southern extremity. The white sand beach stands in a bay, encircled by basalt rocks and fringed with gorgeous tall coconut trees, giving it a unique, exotic appeal.
This spot is particularly popular with Reunionese families that come here to picnic and relax. There are also children’s and sports playgrounds, a park with grilling areas, and even a bowling alley in the area!
There are also a number of cafes in the area that serve delicious food and beer.
Do not be tempted to enter the water, despite how appealing it appears from the outside. This beach is not suitable for swimming due to the presence of sharks and strong currents.
It is, however, perfect for water sports or simply relaxing. There is a tiny, sheltered natural pool nearby if you want to swim.
The nearby hills provide spectacular views of the beach and the surrounding area, notably the Petite-Ile islet.
Reunion Island Lagoons
Reunion Island’s crystal pure blue lagoon is ideal for boating and surfing.
On the island’s western and southwestern coasts, several lagoons run parallel to one another. These small lagoons are home to approximately 1,000 different species of gorgeous, colorful fish.
This makes them not only ideal for snorkeling, but also for swimming, as the lagoons shield swimmers from strong currents and (perhaps) deadly sharks.
Beaches in Reunion Island, My Thought
With so many various beaches to choose from on Reunion Island, I’m sure you’ll have a great time exploring them all.
I’m still baffled as to why the island isn’t on everyone’s bucket list. Not that I’m complaining; it simply adds to the allure of this hidden gem, protecting its natural surroundings from the risks of mass tourists.
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