Piton de la Fournaise
Piton de la Fournaise is the island’s showstopper. This volcano, one of the most active in the world, regularly treats locals and visitors alike to a spectacular eruption. These eruptions are entirely safe and present no danger. Taking a helicopter flip over the volcano spewing red hot lava and ash over its crater is a real bucket list experience. Walking on the Plaine des Sables is probably the closest you’ll come to walking on the moon on earth.
Marvel at Piton des Neiges three cirques
Over 42% of Reunion Island’s territory is listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Its three cirques (the heart of a collapsed volcano), are carpeted in forest and shimmering waterfalls. Each has its unique charm and personality. Cirque Mafate can only be reached by foot or helicopter and is hidden away from the world. Salazie overflows with waterfalls and Cilaos is reminiscent of an Alpine village, complete with hot springs.
Taste the melting pot of flavours
Reunion Island cuisine reflects the multicultural French, Creole, Indian, Madagascan, African and Chinese heritage of the island. Expect ample spices, herbs, tropical fruits, vanilla, essentials oils and a good dash of homegrown rum. Rougail saucisse (sausage rougail) is a popular dish. Pop in at the Saint Paul Market every Friday and Saturday to mingle with the locals and shop for homegrown products and produce.
A day at the L’Hermitage lagoon
The crystal-clear, calm waters of the L’Hermitage lagoon on the western side of the island, present an idyllic spot for a day of watersports and lazing beachside. Rent a transparent kayak or test your balance stand up paddling. After a day of sun, kick back and enjoy the spectacular sunsets from one of the beachside bars, local Dodo beer in hand.
Explore ancient lava tunnels
Head beneath the earth’s surface to explore ancient lava tunnels. Don’t leave without seeing the famous Lava Church, the Notre Dame des Laves, on the east coast. The church miraculously emerged unscathed after a volcanic eruption in 1977 and is surrounded by lava.