Your Dream Trip to Reunion: Itinerary

  • 28 January 2016

Natascha Koning is the lucky winner of our 2015 competition to win a trip for two to Reunion Island. She will be visiting the island with her partner from the 28th of January for an awesome, adventure-filled island experience. We've put together the ULTIMATE bucket-list itinerary for her first visit. This itinerary will give any visitor to Reunion a taste of almost everything the island has to offer. 

Day 1

Arrive in Reunion Island

Arrive in Reunion on your Air Austral flight. Collect your car from the rental agency (you'll need one to get around) and exchange your currency. Don't forget to bring your international driver's license. 

Drive to your accommodation in the island's capital, Saint Denis. 

Accommodation: Villa Angelique

www.villa-angelique.fr

Day 2

Explore Saint Denis

Strolling through the city of Saint-Denis is fascinating. The buildings are a true testament to the island’s history. Guided tours such as Les Cases Créoles (Creole Houses) or La Compagnie des Indes (the East India Trading Company) are reminders that ‘Ile de Bourbon” was a common stopover for sailors crossing the Indian Ocean. Walking up the magnificent Rue de Paris you’ll come across some beautiful properties, some of which have been transformed into museums, arriving finally at the Jardin de l’Etat (State Gardens).

Drive to Saint-Paul

Visit the typical, colourful market for a taste of the island's seasonal fruits and locals handicrafts.

Tour guide: Geoffrey Leduc on 00 262 692 34 45 21

Spend the night in the seaside town of Saint-Gilles

Accommodation: Le Nautile

www.hotel-nautile.com 

Day 3

Road to the Maïdo

Up in the hills, the Maïdo is one of the island’s most impressive viewpoints. In the early hours, before a sea of clouds has had the chance to form, you will be amazed by this panorama overlooking the cirque of Mafate.

Adventure activity: Downhill mountain biking from Maïdo to Saint-Paul 

Tour operator: Rando Réunion Passion

Phone number: 00 262 262 24 26 19 or 00 262 692 88 54 58

Relax on the beach

Spend the afternoon relaxing at the lagoon at l’Ermitage (Snorkelling equipment is available at your hotel, should you like to snorkel). In the "natural aquarium" of the lagoon, you can observe underwater life and delight in exploring the coral reef and shoals of coloured fish. It’s a great, fun experience!!

Accommodation: Le Nautile

www.hotel-nautile.com 

Day 4

Explore the Cilaos Caldeira

This rocky cirque is an ideal spot for outdoor sports. It is the starting point for many treks, from the easiest (botanic footpath) to the most demanding (the ascension of the Piton des Neiges). Cilaos also has a thermal spa, which produces its own sparkling water. It is also the privileged home of Reunion’s wine and lentil production.

Helicopter flight over the 3 Cirques, Trou de Fer and the volcano

Helicopter operator: Corail Helicoptere (The Corail Helicoptere shuttle will pick you up from your hotel)

www.corail-helicopteres.com

Check out of your hotel and drive the road to Cilaos. Spend some time visiting of the village of Cilaos. 

Spend the night in Saint-Pierre

Accommodation: Villa Delisle (on the waterfront of Saint-Pierre)

www.hotel-villadelisle.com/en

Day 5

Experience the magnificent volancanic landscapes

A visit to the Piton de La Fournaise

This will be one of your most memorable holiday experiences. At daybreak, the sky turns from black to blue, and you take the road up across the high altitude plains. Bend after bend, the scenery becomes dotted with small peaks as the road rises upwards. Take the time to stop before your descend to embrace the magic of La Plaine des Sables, with its unique lunar landscape, covered with orangey-brown scoria. Please don't forget warm clothes for the volcano, sport shoes, sunscreen, a hat and water.

Suggestion: Don't leave without visiting the “Cité du Volcan” (volcano museum)

Spend the night in Saint-Pierre 

Accommodation: Villa Delisle (on the waterfront of Saint-Pierre)

www.hotel-villadelisle.com/en

Day 6

Explore the Wild South

Check out of your hotel and take the road to the Wild South. Admire the unique character of the basalt rock landscapes of this part of the island.

Stop over at Manapany les Bains, Grand-Anse (magnificent white sandy beaches on the Southern side of the island)

Stop over at Cascade Langevin (Waterfall of Langevin)

Stop over at Cap Méchant, Mare Longue Forest

Suggestion: Visit the Perfume and Spice garden in Saint-Philippe (an enthusiastic guide will show you samples while introducing you to the virtues of biodiversity)

Spend the night in a comfortable guesthouse in Saint-Philippe to experience Creole life

Accommodation: Le Four à Pain

Phone number: 00 262 692 36 61 55 

Day 7

Explore hardened lava flows

Visit the lava flows of years gone by on the road to Sainte-Rose and Saint-Benoît on the East coast.

Adventure activity: Horseriding at Grand-Etang with the local riding center.

www.fermeequestre.re

Spend the night t in Sainte-Anne.

Accommodation: Diana Déa Lodge

www.diana-dea-lodge.re 

Day 8

Road to Salazie 

This cirque is the greenest, and has the easiest access, with a road winding in all the way to the quiant Creole village of Hell-Bourg. Admire the mountainside flanked with trellises of the chayote fruit. This is also the place to admire one of the island’s most stunning waterfalls, Le Voile de La Mariée, which is the source of an ancient local legend.

Visit of the village of Hell-Bourg

Wellness activity: Enjoy the spa at Jardin d’Heva in Hell-Bourg 

Spend the night in Hell-Bourg.

Accommodation: Jardin d’Heva

www.lesjardinsdheva.com 

Day 9

Explore Salazie

Spend the whole day exploring the cirque of Salazie.

Spend the night in Hell-Bourg.

Accommodation: Jardin d’Heva 

www.lesjardinsdheva.com 

Day 10

Canyonning at Bassin Boeuf

Spend the day swimming, jumping and canyoning in the waterfalls and pools of Bassin Boef.

Tour operator: Envergure Reunion

Phone number : 00 262 692 43 23 52

Spend the night in Sainte-Marie.

Accommodation: Villa Helena

Phone number: 00 262 692 20 49 32  

Day 11

The journey home

Check out of your accommodation early and take the road to Saint-Denis.

Drop off the rental car and catch your Air Austral flight back to South Africa.

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