Reunion Island – 2 Week Adventure Itinerary

Posted by Zaid May 25, 2014 4 Comments 6391 views

Reunion Island, only a 4 hour flight from South Africa has so much adventure activities to offer that it’s taken me quite a few days to create a listing of what I would like to squeeze into a 2 week itinerary.

I love hiking and Reunion Island has almost 1000 km of hiking trails. There are a number of trails to choose from and it’s up to the hiker to decide which direction to take and which portions of the trails to trek on.

Alongside the hiking trails are gites (small lodges) or refugios (small mountain village accommodations) that should ideally be booked in advance. Getting around the island seems to be very easy by public bus or car rental.

When I visit I’d like to:

Trek on the 3 famous cirques (natural amphitheatres) inland:

reunion cirque map

 

– Cirque de Salazie:

Cirque de Salazie

– Cirque de Cilaos

Cirque de Cilaos

– Cirque de Mafate

Cirque de Mafate

Ascend (by foot) to the tallest summit on this Indian Ocean island, Piton des Neiges (3070m high extinct volcano)

Piton des Neiges

Trek through the Jurassic-like Bebour-Belouve Forest

Bebour Forest

This forest has the stunning Trou De Fer falls

Trou de Fer

Chill out and kite surf at the sea-side town St Pierre

 

kitesurf saintpierre

Take a helicopter tour of the island from St Pierre

Try out Paragliding in St Leu

Stroll through Rue de Paris in St Denis, observing a legacy of the French presence on Reunion Island while snacking on fresh baguettes

St Denis Reunion

The Day by Day of my planned itinerary to Reunion Island would be:

Day Day From To Activity
Sunday 0 Fly into St Denis St Gilles Beach
Monday 1 Hellbourg Caverne Dufour Hike on Cirque de Salazie
Monday 1 Caverne Dufour Piton Des Naiges Hike on Cirqe de Cilaous
Tuesday 2 Piton des Neiges Cilaos Hike on Cirqe de Cilaous
Wednesday 3 Cilaos La Nouvelle Hike on Cirqe de Cilaous
Wednesday 3 La Nouvelle Plateau de Kerval Hike on Cirque de Mafate
Thursday 4 Plateau de Kerval Marla Hike on Cirque de Mafate
Friday 5 Marla Roche Plate Hike on Cirque de Mafate
Friday 5 Roche Plate Fond de Mafate Hike on Cirque de Mafate
Saturday 6 Fond de Mafate Aurere Hike on Cirque de Mafate
Saturday 6 Aurere Col des Boeufs Hike on Cirque de Mafate
Sunday 7 Col des Boeufs Grand Ilet Hike on Cirque de Salazie
Monday 8 Grand Ilet Hellbourg Hike on Cirque de Salazie
Transfer to Belouve by car
Tuesday 9 Belouve Piton de La Fournaise Hike to Volcano.Night in Volcano Gite
Wednesday 10 Piton de La Fournaise St Pierre Beach
Thursday 11 St Pierre St Pierre Beach
Friday 12 St Pierre St Leu Helicopter Tour in St Pierre
Saturday 13 St Leu St Leu Paragliding from Colimacons
Sunday 14 St Leu St Denis, and Fly out

However, while I have made this plan of activities that I would like to do I realise that plans change.

Once I set foot on the island I realise that I may be interested in another activity on the island. I just like to have a possible itinerary in place with a list of preferred activities before getting there. This list of activities is definitely something for me to look forward to.

If I had to go on a shorter trip then I may just trek between Mafate and Cilaos (driving out on the road with 420 bends), and ascend Piton De La Fournaise. If I go on a longer trip I would probably relax more on the beach and possibly add a white water rafting adventure.

Reunion Island truly has so much adventure to offer.

To read more about why Reunion Island is on my bucket-list check out this post.

Have you been to Reunion Island before? What would you recommend?

Update: I did finally visit Reunion Island in December 2015. Some expectations were met, but the trip was not without its challenges. Here’s my article on it: Reunion Island as a summer destination?

 

Image credits:

Cirque de Salazie by Photos et Voyages.

Cirque de Cilaos by Joseph Colin

Cirque de Mafate by Louis Volant

Pitone des Neiges by Simon and You

Bebour forest by Megatatan

Trou de Fer by David Domingo

St Pierre by Marie Astier

St Denis, Reunion by Images History

There are 4 Comments

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  2. Ghalied
    - July 8, 2016
      -   Reply

    No worries. I found your other post http://travpacker.com/reunion-island-as-a-summer-destination/. Funnily enough I found it while looking through TripAdvisor.

    • - July 10, 2016
        -   Reply

      Haha cool. Sorry for not being able to respond any sooner. Reunion Island is a cool place but I’ve tried to be honest with the challenges I found in my last article. Hope it helps

      • Ghalied
        - July 14, 2016
          -   Reply

        No worries. I’m still weighing up whether to go. The Rand is killing us!

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