The utterly picturesque valley of Grand Bassin, known as Mafate en miniature (Mafate in miniature), is one of the few areas in Réunion that is only accessible on foot. Thanks to its splendid isolation, this little morsel of paradise is a dream come true for those seeking to kick off their shoes for a few days and sample authentic rural Réunionnais life.
Grand Bassin is formed by the confluence of three rivers. Near to where they join is a quiet hamlet with a handful of gîtes. From the hamlet, follow the river towards the west and you'll soon reach a few rock pools where you can dunk yourself. Further west, you can descend at the base of the impressive Cascade du Voile de la Mariée waterfall.
Even if you don't take the path down to the hamlet, you can look down into the valley from the Belvédère viewpoint.