Suggested Tours for Reunion
Reunion Island - Self Drive
- Beautiful Indian Island scenery
- Exhilarating hikes
- Stunning waterfalls
- Relax on the lagoon
Indian Ocean contrast – Reunion & Mauritius
The ruggedly beautiful mountain scenery of La Reunion and the golden sand beaches of Mauritius are two dream destinations that can easily be combined to make a twin-centre Indian Ocean holiday. The flight between the two islands is just 45 minutes, making the transfer a relaxed affair. The best way to explore Reunion is by hire car as the roads are well-maintained, the scenery breathtaking and you...
Reunion Island Walking Holiday
This 9-day Reunion outdoor adventure combines hiking through three spectacularly beautiful natural amphitheatres - the remains of long since dormant volcanic craters - with time to chill on Reunion's west coast sand beaches at Gilles-les-Bain. A good level of fitness is required for the walking and as it's an unaccompanied trip it is more suitable for experienced hikers. We can arrange a qualified...
Rainbow Reunion Specialist
The flight from Paris to Roland Garros airport is the longest domestic flight in the world. Reunion is like Mauritius’s rugged sister. Self-driving is incredibly easy, with great infrastructure. Most areas are easily accessible, apart from the Cirque De Mafate which is only accessible by hiking and helicopter (definitely worth a visit!). Start on the east coast of the island and work your way around visiting all the many sights along the way and then end with a relax on the beautiful beaches on the west. The volcano (Piton de la Fournaise) is currently one of the most active in the world.
Helen's Top Tips
- Do a helicopter flight for an incredible experience. It’s like something out of Jurassic park!
- Whale watching from the terrace of the Palm Hotel. They have a bell that rings whenever a whale is sighted!
- Aqua hiking in Langevin waterfall. Not for the faint hearted but so much fun!
Best Time To Visit Reunion
Quick Country Facts
Time Zone:GMT +4 hours
Why visit Reunion?
The ideal destination for those who to want to use their annual leave for adrenaline rushes rather than sun burn, Reunion is the perfect destination for intrepid adventurers. With over 1,000 km of trails taking you through the island’s geographical diversity, the looming mountains and dramatic landscape is the perfect venue for walking and hiking fans.
The blend of Chinese, Indian and African cultures with a rich French Creole heritage creates for a unique atmosphere and a delicious array of cuisine. Throw in the gorgeous beaches of the west coast surrounded by tropical coral reefs and cascading waterfalls into pristine natural rock pools and you have the perfect alternative island hideaway. We advise you visit before the masses catch on to Reunion’s magic.
A rumbling volcano
Reunion is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, the Piton de la Fournaise which has erupted 180 times since records began in 1640. The 700,000 natives have learnt to live their life around the flow of lava that erupts from this bubbling magma chamber, sometimes rebuilding highways two or three times a year. The Piton de la Fournaise is a truly phenomenal demonstration of the power of nature. Trek the 13km to the volcano rim to view the dramatic lunar landscape, devoid of vegetation but filled with the striking colours of burnt umber, smoky topaz and jet black.
A relatively easy walk but one you need to be prepared for, the views of the volcano and the panoramic scenes of the island is definitely worth the legwork. No trip to Reunion would be complete without a close up look of Furnace Peak.
Reunion beach holidays
Due to the island’s small number of visitors compared to Mauritius and Seychelles, the beaches aren’t overshadowed with colossal skyscraper resorts. Instead the accommodation offering is beautiful and charming with most of our carefully selected collection of hotels and lodges only housing an intimate 15 suites.
Follow the twisting turning roads up to the Diana Dea Lodge and Spa which blends perfectly into the hillside, overlooking the village of Sainte Anne Village and out over the east coast. The interiors, a mix of precious wood, mineral stone and tropical flowers, work harmoniously with the surrounding nature. Enjoy a dinner of local, fresh ingredients in the restaurant while admiring the sweeping views of the Indian Ocean.
If you have the urge to get back to nature and want to immerse yourself in Reunion’s beautiful offering, choose the Ferme Auberge du Pommeau. Simple and comfortable, this lodge is a haven of peace located amongst the verdant high plains of the island, a place for you to enjoy the pleasures of outdoor life and get back to nature.
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