Reunion in X days

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

Grand Brûlé

  • Visit the cirque of Salazie for its lush vegetation, cascading waterfalls and the pretty village of Hell-bourg

Maison Folio, Hell-Bourg, Salazie

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

  • Drive up to Le Maïdo (2203m) to get a view over Mafate, the cirque with no roads. 

Reunion in 5 days
  • If you hike do try and fit in a trip to Mafate - La Nouvelle is the easiest village to reach. You can hike there and back in a day, or stay overnight.
  • Drive to the Forest of Bébour-Belouve for its primary forest.

Tree fern in Bébour-Belouve forest

Reunion in 6 or 7 days

    Piton des Neiges seen from Col du Taibit

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)
  • Paragliding
  • Canyoning/Gorge-walking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Microlight flight
  • Scuba diving
  • Whale and/or dolphin watching


Butterfly at Mascarin Botanical Conservatory 

However long you're staying do try and go on a helicopter flight over the island - it's sublime! ( or

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