Vanilla Islands member Reunion always good for a surprise

Surrounded by the wide Indian Ocean, the French Indian Ocean island known as Reunion Island is a natural target for divers and sailors, for observers of ocean creatures, and a magnet for visitors who

Vanilla Islands member Reunion always good for a surprise

Surrounded by the wide Indian Ocean, the French Indian Ocean island known as Reunion Island is a natural target for divers and sailors, for observers of ocean creatures, and a magnet for visitors who come from around the world to watch whales and dolphins, several subspecies of which are seen regularly while others are much rarer finds. The latest confirmed news from Reunion Island speaks of yet another subspecies of Blue and White Dolphins (Stellena Coeruleoalba) which were observed a week ago, and according to records at hand were never seen at sea near Reunion Island until now.

A group of ocean researchers, brought together from three programs – GLOBICE, a group studying Cetaceans; Kelonia, an observation group for sea turtles; and Ecomar, the University of Reunion research institute for marine life – were at hand to observe the rare appearance of the dolphins seen in waters not regularly monitored due to the often tough wind conditions at sea. At least 20 of them were seen and photographed in the waters between Sainte Gilles and Sainte Marie to the delight of the research teams who were able to add another species to the record books of Reunion Island.

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In a related development, today a “kitchen party” will take place that has been organized by members of the Trade Union of Hotels (UMIH) which organized the 18th such food festival incorporating some 47 restaurants and hotels across the entire island to showcase fine cuisine at half the regular prices in order to bring visitors and locals, gourmets and foodies, together to sample the unique Creole blend of cooking food fused with traditional French cuisine. Reunion Island’s chefs have mastered the art to bring the roots of the island’s cooking secrets out in the open, using influences from Africa, Asia, Madagascar, and Europe to create something which can only be found on Reunion Island itself.

For guests on Reunion Island, today will be the day to taste and sample exciting Creole creations by Reunion’s chefs, and bon appetite to all who are lucky to be part of the “tasters.”

For more information about Reunion Island, visit www.reunion.fr

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