Are you looking for a romantic place in Reunion? Drive to Grand Etang, the only mountain volcanic lake there. Lies at the foot of an almost vertical rock wall that separates it from the valley of the Riviere des Marsouins and there is such a silence that you will hear the pin fall off.
Grand Etang lake
Ten decades ago, the water in the Piton de Neiges Massif drained a deep valley and the river was named Bras d'Annette. After the eruption of the Piton de Fournaise volcano, the lava stamped and blocked the entire valley and the river. Over time, a lake was formed and the erosion created a flat bottom with pebbles, sand and mud. At an altitude of 500 meters, it was also filled with slightly mineralized water.
The lake can be walked around and you can see it from different places. About halfway through, you will also find waterfalls that fall down from the rock walls. The tour should take about 3 hours. However, the amount of water in the Grand Etang often varies with the weather. We were unlucky that the day before our visit was raining, and the way around the lake was flooded, so we only got to the shore and could watch only the orange fishes.
Grand Etang viewpoint
Instastories form Grand Etang
Grand Etang lake location