Discover the outdoor activities on offer in France’s overseas departments and territories

Discover the wealth of nature in the country’s overseas departments and territories, a veritable paradise for outdoor pursuits enthusiasts.

Réunion is a wonderful outdoor playground whether you explore the island on foot, on horseback or by mountain bike, including 900km of marked footpaths and trails and 1,000km of coastal tracks for all ages and abilities.

Designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1993, Guadeloupe boasts 300km of marked paths and trails passing through luxuriant vegetation and colourful fauna. More experienced hikers can even tackle the summit of the Piton de la Fournaise.

Its close neighbour Martinique has paths which enable visitors to climb the Montagne Pelée. Alternatively, why not head out along trails which pass through plantations of sugar cane, bananas and cocoa.

In some parts of New Caledonia the landscapes have the feel of an American Western, where cowboys more used to herding cattle accompany tourists on horse-trekking adventures.

French Polynesia , which is considered a paradise on Earth, is teeming with stunning beaches and lagoons as well as superb flora and fauna. For visitors interested in green tourism, why not head off on a trek into the virgin forests on the islands of Raiatea and Huahine, or explore the Afareaitu waterfalls on Moorea.

Did you know that the largest national park in France can be found in Guyana? Protected and pristine areas such as the Réserve Naturelle des Marais de Kaw and the Parc Naturel Régional provide the perfect setting in which to discover incredible fauna, such as caiman and sea turtles.

On Saint Martin, observe the magnificent sight of humpbacked whales in their natural environment. You can even stop at a whale observatory along the Coralita road.

Mayotte, the southernmost island in the Comoros, provides a magnificent setting in which to enjoy scuba diving and hiking.

France’s overseas destinations – nature at its best!