Grand-Pond, the volcanic lake of Reunion
The Grand Étang is truly a unique body of water. It is the only volcanic lake of altitude and the largest in the interior of Reunion Island. Located in the town of St. Benedict at eastern Reunion Island, it extends over 1 km long and 500 m wide at an altitude of 525 m. Grand-Étang is the result of a dam of a lava flow dating back 6 centuries from the Piton de la Fournaise, came to interrupt the Bras d'Annette river.
The degradation of the relief nearby has studded its bottom with sand, pebbles and silt, making it flat over the years. Its water level can vary widely from season to season. Almost empty during a drought, Grand-Étang can find itself completely inundated during the rainy season.
Like most natural sites on Reunion Island, Grand-Étang has its own hiking trail. From its parking lot, you can see it after 30 minutes of walking. You then have the opportunity to go around it and as you are no longer close to 1 km, continue your way to admire the magnificent waterfalls of the Bras d'Annette.
Tired of walking? Rest assured, although this walk is one of the easiest on the intense island, you can rest your legs and follow this route through a horseback ride. And if you're not too chilly, try taking a dip in the waterfall pool.
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