Since the 17th of May this year, the Piton de La Fournaise has been rolling out the red carpet! After a brief eruption on the 4th of February 2015, the highly active Reunion volcano resumed its activity on Sunday.
The Piton de la Fournaise, which has remained relatively calm in recent weeks, started showing the first signs of intense activity on Wednesday, the 14th of May. At 13.45 on Sunday, May 17th, the Lady of Fire awoke, creating two distinct lava flows on the south-south-east sides of the island, in a completely uninhabited area, which is visible from the Piton Bert.
According to the volcano observatory, it could be a long and powerful eruption, much to the delight of the Reunion people and their visitors.
Although access is forbidden to the public, journalists are authorised to get closer to the lava flows in order to be able to observe them safely. We recommend that you fly over the area by helicopter or ULM to admire the beauty of the show.
With both mountains and the sea, Reunion offers its finest assets to residents and tourists during this period. As the southern winter begins in the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island is preparing to host the ballet of the first whales of the season, which have come to calve off the coast of Reunion.
The first whale was sighted a few weeks ago, which is a good indication that the season to watch these giants of the sea has begun. True to their annual appointment, the humpback whales provide Reunion, with an exceptional show, visible both at sea and from land. They can be seen along the west coast of the island, or from the Barachois, which is the corniche along the sea front in Saint-Denis.
Specialised companies offer tourists the opportunity to swim with the whales and other marine mammals or approach them by boat during excursions organized by diving clubs.
Between the volcano and the arrival of the whales, the island of Reunion keeps its promise, that of a "journey of emotions"!