Voluntary service: Volontariat Civil à l'Aide Technique VCAT. (http://www.outre-mer.gouv...) Conditions: you must be French or from another EU-member state or a country belonging to the European Economic Area. You must be over 18 and under 28 years old inclusive. You must not have had your civic rights revoked by a court or have been convicted of certain offences.

A hike almost a climb to the summit of mont Choungui will offer a spectacular panorama of the island

Makis can be found in remote regions of the island.

Diving is mandatory. Expect spectacular sights in the world's largest lagoon.

Sea turtles come to roost on the southern beaches.

In August-September, humpback whales can be found with their calves in the lagoon.