Reunion Things to Do

  • The beach near our hotel in St. Gilles-les-Bains
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Reunion Things to Do

  • Plaine des Sables

    The Plaine des Sables is a plain of ash and lava rock that lies just north of Reunion's volcano. You drive across it as you approach the volcano, and it feels like you are on the moon, with no vegetation in sight. There are places where you can park your car and hike out onto the plain, which we did. After being in the island's tropical lower...

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  • Maison de la Broderie

    The Maison de la Broderie is a small museum which showcases the beautiful needlework done by the women of Cilaos and the surrounding villages. Embroidery was originally introduced to the area by the French wife of a local doctor who was looking for something to do during Cilaos' many rainy days. Over the years, a beautiful style of needlework has...

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  • Take a helicopter ride above the island

    The best scenery on Reunion is in its wild interior, which features 3000-foot deep canyons and calderas, waterfalls, and a volcano. While there are some roads that can take you into much of the island's interior, other parts of it are only reachable by hiking. An alternative for those of us that don't have the time or ability to do long, multi-day...

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  • Beaches along the west coast

    As an island, Reunion is ringed by beaches. However, many of them have rough surf and are not suitable for small children. We found good beaches on the western coast along the stretch of hotels between St. Gilles-les-Bains and Hermitage-les-Bains. The beaches in this area are sand beaches which are protected from large waves by coral reefs just...

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  • Kelonia Marine Turtle Observatory

    The Kelonia Marine Turtle Observatory is an institution dedicated to the study and preservation of Reunion's marine turtle species. Kelonia has a number of rooms full of exhibits about turtles that you can walk through at your leisure, as well as indoor and outdoor tanks in which you can watch the turtles swim around. One of the highlights is an...

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  • Piton de la Fournaise Volcano

    Reunion's active volcano, the Piton de la Fournaise, looms above the southern part of the island. It is one of the world's most active volcanoes. It was dormant when we were on Reunion, but erupted as recently as 2007. There is a road that takes you right up to the edge of the caldera surrounding the volcano's active cone, which tops out at 8600...

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  • The Riviere des Remparts Canyon

    The Riviere des Remparts (River of the Ramparts) is a small river the flows west to the sea from the volcanic plateaus in the south-central portion of the island. Along its path to sea, the river has cut a magnificent deep canyon, whose steep green walls rise up to 3000 feet from the river valley below. There is a great viewpoint, where you can...

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  • The windy road to Cilaos

    The drive to Cilaos is one of the most scenic drives on Reunion Island. The road follows a canyon and rises thousands of feet in about 40 kilometers before finally arriving at Cilaos in the Cirque de Cilaos valley. To accomplish this altitude change, the road twists and turns via a few hundred switchbacks many of which have completely blind turns....

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  • See the incredible views from Le Maido

    Le Maido is a scenic overlook at the top of a ridge overlooking the Circque de Mafate, one of the three amazing 3000-foot deep circular canyons on the northern half of Reunion Island. Of the three cirques, the Cirque de Mafete is the only one without any roads going into it, so the only way that you can see it is by helicopter, by doing a long hike...

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  • moon landscape at volcano piton de la...

    Situated in the southeast corner of Reunion Island, Piton de la Fournaise is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Erupting for the first time about 50,000 years ago, records note that this basaltic shield volcano has erupted nearly 180 times since such eruptions were first recorded in 1640. The most recent occurred in 2004.Piton de la...

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  • Waterfalls

    go and see waterfalls in reunion island..you have a great choice of differents. in some you can even go swimming .my favorites are: Bassin des Aigrettes , Bras Rouge , Takamaka the picture shows takamaka 1

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  • wild orchids - 3 -

    I was amazed to see wild plants growing to such heights in La Reunion. I have only seen such species in gardens or at home and they are much smaller. Here on the island, they grow wild, they grow everywhere, and they grow bigger than I have ever seen! Imagine bamboo stalks the size of tree trunks. wonderful, wild orchids in the wild, which some of...

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    I am not an expert on tropical plant species. I am just not that interested in the subject. However, if you are, I would suggest bringing along a field guide so you can identify some of the plants we found along the way. wonderful, wild orchids in the wild, which some of the locals cut and then sell down below in the village of hell-bourg

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  • wild orchids

    Wonderful, wild orchids in the wild, which some of the locals cut and then sell down below in the village of hell-bourgWe reached this spot after hiking for about 2 -1/2 hours. It was a pretty steep climb and very hot out. Some of the trail was shaded, but other parts were not. We were glad to get to the top. Not a long day of hiking, but thirsty...

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  • Bassin des Aigrettes

    One of my favorite places to go whenever I go back to my homeland =)There are 3 bassins that you can go and visit. For the moment, le bassin des aigrettes is closed and apparently people don't clean and recycle the water in it. So anyone wanting to go there, inform yourself first if it's open or not. Last time a cousin went and got sick. When it's...

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  • Helicopter tour of the island

    HELILAGON- Mindblowing for the eyes to see! -YOU MUST take a helicopter tour to see the beautiful sceneries and mountainous regions of Reunion that you don't see from the ground point of view.Unless you get motion sickness easily, or are afraid of heights, I wouldn't suggest you to go on it.Great experience, great view, great scenery for all you...

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  • Hiking in Mafate

    Did a weekend hike from the "Maido" peak at 2,200m down to the Mafate valley floor staying at a little village called Cayenne "ilet" or small island. It was well over 32 celcius but with lots of factor 25 sunsreen and plenty of litres of water, the decent was tough but enjoyable , met hardly anybody else on the way down and crossed rivers barefoot...

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  • Aquarium

    In the town of St. Gilles les Bains there is an impressive aquarium complex that is basically an underwater zoo. There are so many aquariums it will take up an hour or two of your time. There is also pretty good souvenir shop attached to the reception area.

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  • Divine Intervention

    In the town of Piton Ste. Rose some believe that devine intervention happened here in 1977. In 1977 a volcano erupted and the lava poured down through the village. Once it came to the church now known as Notre Dame de la Lave the lava literally split about a metre in front of the church and proceded around it on both sides. You now have to walk...

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  • Jardin de l'Etat

    Jardin de l'Etat is a beautiful botanic garden where you can sit down and relax to collect your thoughts. It has been at its current location since 1773. It has a nice collection of plants and trees from the local islands in the region. There is also a natural history museum located in the gardens.

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  • HELL-Bourg

    An absolutely beautiful town, Hell-Bourg is anything but what the name suggests. Fresh mountain air and gorgeous scenery make this one of the most pleasant towns on the island. Hell-Bourg is on the Cirque de Salazie so it is well situated for travellers.

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  • St. Denis

    Founded in 1668 St. Denis (san-de-nee) is excellent introduction to Reunion and most likely your first. It is very similar to a city in mainland France and there is no other city in the region that compares to it. The northern end of town can keep occupied for a while and is very pedestrian friendly. Another enjoyment of the city is all the Creole...

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  • The lushy interior of the island of...

    On the island of Reunion (somewhere between Madagascar and Mauritius) there is just one proper tropical beach, near St Pierre. It's a very nice beach, free, not belonging to a hotel like the best Mauritius ones, sandy, woody and with great sunsets, but the highlight of this island is the volcanic interior. It's almost always covered in clouds but...

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  • Miraculous Church.

    Miraculous Church.On the coast road on the West Side of La Reunion, there is this small church. During a eruption, lava streamed till the sea. Church was on the way lava separated in two flows and saved the Church.Everything around the church is under the lava.

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  • La Roche Merveilleuse

    Out of the six of us there, i was the only one brave enough (or stupid enough!) to take the 45 minute treck up this hill (which literally translates out as Marverlous Rock). the track winds uphill, through dence bush - but that didn't stop the "Bonne Sœur" who we (me and the guide Sébastian) passed on our way to the top.And what a sight to behold -...

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  • A sunrise on the circus of...

    A sunrise on the circus of Mafate.Wake up at 4:00 to be the first on the top of the circus. Wait facing East and you will see slowly the sun coming around 6:00 A.M. on the other side of the Isle.Magic. Imagine you see a tropical sun in the Alpes.

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  • Le Grand Benard.

    LE GRAND BENARDthe top of the country.This country is only 70X50 KM but the top reaches 2850 m !You have a tropical mountain.easy to reach, no so many tourists anyway.people going to tropical countries better visit beaches...

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  • Mafate :Mafate is very...

    Mafate :Mafate is very difficult to access. No road has been built, only walk paths. Being in the western part of the island makes it the driest of the three cirques. A few people live there in small villages. Electricity is provided thanks to generators and solar energy. Fresh supplies for the shops and emergency transports are done by helicopter....

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  • LUX Ile de La Reunion

    28 rue du Lagon, Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains, 97434, Reunion Island

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Le Juliette Dodu

    31 Rue Juliette Dodu, Saint-Denis, 97400, Reunion Island

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Boucan Canot

    32, rue de Boucan Canot, Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains, 97434, Reunion Island

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Mercure Creolia Saint-Denis La Reunion

    14 rue du Stade Montgaillard, Saint-Denis, 97400, Reunion Island

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Le Saint Alexis

    44,route de Boucan Canot, Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains, 97434, Reunion Island

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Concorde Bellepierre

    From the terrace you've got a fantastic view of St. Denis, the capital of La Reunion. There is a...

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  • Hotel Le Recif

    50, avenue de Bourbon, Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains, 97434, Reunion Island

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Austral

    20, rue Charles Gounod, Saint-Denis, 97400, Reunion Island

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Swalibo

    9 rue des salines, La Saline les Bains, Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains, 97 434, Reunion Island

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

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