The west coast of Réunion is a Marine National Park that is abundant with marine life. Up to a thousand species of fish and five species of sea turtles have been recorded in these waters. Off the west coast in coral gardens and along walls, expect to find a myriad of colorful reef fish along with moray eels, mollusks, crabs and shrimp. Schools of snapper, batfish and surgeonfish also hang around the reefs.
At the outer reefs at drop-offs like Pointe au Sel, be treated to more pelagic marine life. Large schools of trevally, barracuda and tuna visit this area and occasionally there are visits from manta rays and whale sharks. Larger species of stingray can also often be found along with large groupers.
From the surface or during whale watching trips, be amazed by more than twenty species of cetaceans. These include humpback whales, sperm whales and fin whales. Dolphins can be seen on a year-round basis.
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