See Reunion Island from a microlight
To fully understand Reunion Island’s amazing physical diversity, you must see it from the air.
One of the ways to do this is by microlight, or ULM, as it is know in Reunion Island. Fellow South African Natalie Roos and I were hosted by Felix ULM, who kindly showed us the superb scenery.
From a passenger perspective, microlighting is very simple; all you have to do is keep your feet in the right place, and make sure you don’t miss any scenery.
Once you’re up in the air above Reunion Island, sights you’ll see include the beaches of the north, the towns of Saint-Gilles and Saint-Paul, the Piton de la Fournaise volcano (which erupted again this weekend after lying dormant since 2010), the remote village of Salazie, the World Heritage Site of Le Maïdo volcanic peak, and a whole lot more.
See Natalie’s GoPro video of the experience below.
The pilots at Felix ULM all speak good English, and their commentary while aloft was very informative. When it is safe to do so, they will open the microlight doors to allow you better photographic opportunities. There is barely any safety briefing as this isn't necessary, and you are able to communicate with the pilot throughout your flight via a microphone.
Marine life that you may see from above includes turtles, sharks, whales and dolphins.
If you have limited time on the island, the microlight trip will save you many hours of travelling to reach some of the top view points.
But the aerial adventure will also help you decide which road trips you’d like to do, if time is on your side.
To book your microlight adventure, visit the Felix ULM website. Full trips of the island cost around 220 Euros (R3 300), but shorter flights are available at lower rates.
See my video of the pilot landing below.
That's how the adventure concludes, but to experience everything else that happens before the landing, go to Reunion and do this!
- Phone ahead (026 243 0259) on the day to get an update on weather conditions, and confirm that the flight is still on
- If you suffer from motion sickness, take relevant medication and avoid having a hangover
- Don’t forget your camera, and take a jacket as it gets pretty chilly when flying over the central parts of the island
- If you are driving yourself to Felix ULM, use the co-ordinates (Longitude: 55.28228284, Latitude: -20.96325582). However, if travelling from Saint-Gilles, don’t take the D4 exit as instructed, but the following exit, to avoid a closed road that the GPS doesn’t take into consideration. See the map below for more information
See more photos below.