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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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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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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UK
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8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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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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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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Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo
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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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55 helpful votes 55 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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19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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