As a French department, Reunion enjoys a healthy environment and efficient health facilities; no need, for example, to get specific vaccines to come and stay. A family trip can be considered free of stress, especially since you can rent baby equipment on site without cluttering up your luggage. In addition, many rentals are ideal for family tourism, and almost all restaurants have planned a menu marmailles on their carte.
In Reunion, family is sacred!
With a young population (in 2009, the polling institute INSEE established that a third of islanders were under 20!), no need to say that Reunion Island has thought of its marmailles (children) and offer them a number of appropriate activities. With its climate and landscapes, our tropical island offers a wide variety of outdoor entertainment, besides attending the 25 km beach protected by a lagoon which in itself is already a giant aquarium!
They are sometimes the same sports as those offered to adults (paragliding, surfing, hiking, quad biking, rafting, scuba diving (from 6 years old), horseback riding, flying in a microlight or in a helicopter ...), sometimes entertainment that is specific for children.
Budding botanists will enjoy botanical trails and parks, and shall find a thousand explanations and experiences to achieve at the Botanical Conservatory. The local fauna is honored with 500 tropical fish visible at the aquarium, marine turtles treated and studied in St Leu, the crocodile farm in l'Étang Salé, dolphins in the bay of St Paul or the whales who spend their mating and birthing season in the tranquil waters of Reunion. From June to September, you can embark on boats to see the jumps and surface antics of these whales, calves and adults, at a respectable distance to avoid disturbing them. A spectacle that one remembers for life!
Back on land, a short walk around the marina of St Gilles will inevitably lead you to the miniature harbour that lets children drive their own small boat!
Another instructive expedition is to get on board the little train Rosalie for a journey into the past of the Tour des Roches (St Paul) or along the beaches ("Saint Gilles lontan") complemented with historical commentary and chansons péi (local songs); children and adults will have fun while learning. More fun, activities such as tree climbing, water parks, summer toboggan, trout fishing or games at a club on the beach will delight your little ones. For more knowledge (of which parents can benefit too), go have a look at the Maison du Volcan (Volcano House), the astronomical observatory of Les Makes, or a museum!