Saint-Pierre, the “capital” of the south is facing the sea. With its marina, its dry-dock registered as a historic monument, the city has deserved to be recognised as a seaside place. Its long beach covered of corals in the heart of a lagoon which is partly protected by a fringing reef. When you will be snorkelling, take the time to explore an underwater rich fauna and some of the rest of the ships wrecks. Enjoy a walk along the seafront settled as “Les Jardins de plage (Beach Gardens)”. At the entrance of the Sud Sauvage (wild South), discover the volcanic lands of Petite-Ile and its protected islet, a real sanctuary for birds. Feel the white sand of Grande Anse’s beach surrounded by a wooden mountain peak and its coconut palms. This site is really appreciated by reunionese picnickers because of its beauty and serenity.
The south benefits from a charming littoral with a large range of wonderful landscapes: sheer cliffs, rocky points, coves, beaches, chasms...The wild coast surrounded by the ocean offers breathtaking beautiful blue-coloured and green sugar cane points of view. The littoral of Etang-Salé is a high basalt cliff intended by the sea and broken by an impressive chasm. Admire the waves that rush and have an explosive end in this natural corridor. The seaside village of Etang-salé has a black sandy beach, protected by a little lagoon with colorful fi sh. From Saint-Pierre the littoral is formed of sandy dunes, pebble beaches and ancient lava flows all along the coast.