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Piton de Fournaise

Reunion Island
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Volcanos
Description: This is the only active volcano on the island and one of the most active in the world.
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Espoo, Finland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

An absolute must when travelling to Réunion Island, conquering Piton de Fournaise, or 'Le Volcan', is such an unbelievable hike that it is quite hard to describe in words, it is such an incredible and a special place on Earth. Piton de Fournaise is one of the most active in the volcanoes in the world and fairly easily reachable. Here... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

While on the island this is defenetly a must. An incredible hike on what feels a completely different world. Just a few tips: the hike itself is not a very difficult one but it will take a few hours to get to the volcano's mouth. It is advisable to start very early (around dawn or thereabout) to avoid the intense... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

We did an tour with Vanille Excursions with the highlight at the Volcano. The landscape, craters, were breathe taking. Wish we could have experienced an eruption, but apparently it happens only about once a year, and the last eruption occurred in 2010. They last usually a few days, so it's difficult to plan your visit around the volcano (except for... More

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Luanda, Angola
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59 reviews 59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

...and we didn't even make it to the crater's edge! The rain gods were against us so we retreated half way up, but that didn't dispel the magic of this place. With swirling clouds and a blasted landscape, echoes of Tolkien and Mordor come to mind. A truly excellent experience. With the two descents / ascents, it does require some... More

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mauritius
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This place is so wonderful to visit there you can see the only active volcano in Indian Ocean.But If you go there always bring jacket ,pullover etc.It's very cold region most of the time it rain.

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Lyon, France
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102 reviews 102 reviews
60 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The Reunion island is like a paradise. In the morning you can swim and snorkel in the lagoon and in the afternoon climb the mountains ! Sur it is better to do the opposite, climb the mountains and the volcano in the morning and swil in the lagoon in the afternoon, because on the mountain after 10 or 11am the... More

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Hong Kong, China
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

I'm not fit so whilst this was not a difficult hike, it was by no means an easy hike! The return trip took 6 hours for me. There was no sun that day, in fact, it was cold and we were walking through clouds so there were lots of water droplets. However, I got severely sunburnt - only became apparent... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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112 reviews 112 reviews
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

A harder clime than I expected but well worth the effort. As you ascend the volcano you are treated to many stunning views and a fascinating volcanic landscape. It feels like walking on another planet. The weather can change very quickly, on the way up I encountered very strong sunshine (Sun screen required) followed by rain and then some mist... More

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UK
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

A thoroughly challenging climb, but was well worth it. My other half does not enjoy heights but still managed to do it. Remember to wear lots of sunscreen, take more than the average water on a hike, and sandwhiches, or whatever will keep you nourished. All in all, it took us five and half hours to complete. We wore walking... More

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Saint-Pierre, Reunion Island
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

One of the most active volcanoes in the world, the Piton de la Fournaise offers some of the most incredible views of the island. The crater is enormous, the cooled lava spills impressive. Do not underestimate the hike, bring lots of water, sweaters and food, as the trek can be kinda tough. The weather is usually clear in the morning,... More

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