I'm often asked by visitors what are Reunion's essential sites for a visit that will only last 3 or 4 or 5 days. While I'm loathe to pin things down as I feel that each visitor is unique and will have their own wish-list and limitations in terms of budget, transport, accommodation, level of fitness, age, likes and dislikes, this has become such a recurrent question that I'm attempting to answer it here.
Reunion in 3 days
- Piton de la Fournaise Volcano - this is your chance to see one of the world's most active volcanoes. To get there you'll travel via Les Plaines.
- You can drive round the whole island in a day; try and make sure you stop off in the 'Wild South' and Grand Brulé.
- Visit the cirque of Salazie for its lush vegetation, cascading waterfalls and the pretty village of Hell-bourg
Reunion in 4 days
- Make the trip to the cirque of Cilaos; you'll probably want to stay overnight due to the long and winding road.
|Cilaos' iconic church|
Reunion in 5 days
|Tree fern in Bébour-Belouve forest|
Reunion in 6 or 7 days
- If you're a keen hiker trek up to the island's summit: Piton des Neiges.
- Visit Saint-Denis to see its shops and old Creole houses.
- Visit one of Reunion's museums: Kelonia, Cité du Volcan, Stella Matutina, MADOI, Saga du Rhum, Maison
- Morange Music Museum, Natural History Museum, Villèle, ...
Staying for more than a week? There are so many things to do in Reunion:
- Hiking (1000 km of marked trails)
- Lava tubes (the most recent visitable lava tubes in the world)
- Mountain Biking
- Microlight flight
- Scuba diving
- Whale and/or dolphin watching
- Boat trips (big game fishing, sunset watching)
- La Fenêtre des Makes or Dos d'Ane viewpoints
- Sugar cane factory visit (in season; day or night visits possible) and Distillerie de Savannah
- St Paul market
- Visit churches, mosques, & temples
- Botanical gardens: Jardin d'Eden or Mascarin Botanical Conservatory
|Butterfly at Mascarin Botanical Conservatory|
However long you're staying do try and go on a helicopter flight over the island - it's sublime! (www.helilagon.com or www.corail-helicopteres.com).