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Address: Reunion Island
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Description: This is the only active volcano on the island and one of the most active...
This is the only active volcano on the island and one of the most active in the world.
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A must-see

Prepare for a longish drive from St Denis (+-1hr). The lunar landscape, spectacular cliffs and solidified lava flows will take your breath away. There is a little coffee shop... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Prepare for a longish drive from St Denis (+-1hr). The lunar landscape, spectacular cliffs and solidified lava flows will take your breath away. There is a little coffee shop providing sandwiches and drinks. If you plan on walking make sure you have decent shoes as the rocks formed from lava can be very sharp. Also take sun protection and a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Great views of the island has you drive up to the volcano, and lovely places to stop and take good pictures. The lunar landscape of this place is truly something to see - be careful of weather changes, they can happen really quickly without warning.

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

No entrance fee. Took us about 6 hours, but we spent a lot of time messing around with rocks and stuff. At one point we were even pretending to kayak in gaps in the rock, so I'm sure you could complete it in less time. We actually got a super late start, arrived at 12:30 pm. This meant a few... More 

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Although the volcano is currently erupting and the normal hike to the edge of the crater has been closed, it is still well worthwhile to visit. The roundtrip hike to the viewpoint is about 9 miles and follows the edge of the caldera. It is fairly flat and not particularly difficult. You don't get a close up view of the... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Visited on a Sunday afternoon and was VERY busy with other couples, family outings , but luckily we were in no rush and happy to walk to see the volcanic eruption. We have seen the magma, with the central vulcano eruption. We were rendered speechless. Just wow !

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Barcelona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Leave early, so you get to the crater before the clouds roll in. We stayed at the gîte, so left around 7:00, got there on time. Well worth the walk, but found the Etna in Sicily and Mt Batur in Bali more impressive.

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Krakow, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We drove to Pas de Bellecombe at dusk. Along the way you can admire beautiful panorama on different parts of the island. Part of the road closer to final parking place is in terrible condition (plenty of big holes) so drive carefully. Crater and the area it's located in are amazing - you can admire different lava formations. Trek to... More 

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 via mobile

We are staying on Mauritius but planned a day trip to Reunion just for a taste. If you have the time, taking the full hike is ideal. But even if you haven't the time or inclination for a full day's hike, in an hour and a half, you can reach the base of the lava flows and have an appreciation... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We were lucky enough to be visiting Reunion as this volcano erupted. Went for a hike across the lava to see, also to the view point at Bellacombe. Had the best view of the eruption however from the coast road where the old lava flows are still evident. Well worth a visit

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Our tour group went up in full sized tour buses. The cloud closed in as we ascended and we were wondering if we would be able to see anything, but as we approached Plaine des Sables, the cloud cover broke and the ash plain was revealed. After a quick photo stop there we negotiated the very potholed unsealed road across... More 

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Address: Reunion Island
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