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Address: Reunion Island
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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Well worth the visit

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Grand Island, Nebraska
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Grand Island, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW 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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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This really is a fantastic day's hike and must be part of your vitas to Reunion if you want to see and experience something different and almost unworldly. This is a live and recently active volcano and you can see very recent activity and the impact is has had, especially right at the rim. You MUST take a guide or... More 

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Cheshire UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

It's a great place to visit but if you arrive at the Relais de Bellecombe and the mist if so thick that you cannot see the Volcano, it can be a little disappointing. We stayed there for about 10mn and were lucky enough to see the top of the Volcano and the small crater (for about 5mn). We did a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We stayed at the gite "Alicalapa-Tenon" the night before. We left at 2.30 am and the drive to Pas-de-bellecombe was a piece of cake. No traffic on the road so it took us only 35 mins to get there. Hike is accessible and takes 2h30 each way. I would recommend starting the walk as early as possible to avoid the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Bit of a hike (6+hours to be precise) but well worth it. Take sunscreen & snacks & a hoodie for the summit. We did it with a 12 year old & a 7 year old who also loved it :)

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

It is an amazing walk worth every step. You should count 2:30 each way. Ideally, you should leave early in the morning as clouds will likely rise in the afternoon. It is necessary to take a lot of water and sun cream. Proper hiking shoes highly recommended.

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Espoo, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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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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