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Piton de Fournaise

Saint-Benoit, Reunion Island
+262 692 31 42 04
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This is the only active volcano on the island and one of the most active in the world.
  • Excellent88%
  • Very good11%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
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Saint-Benoit, Reunion Island
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"active volcano"
in 7 reviews
"early in the morning"
in 6 reviews
"spectacular views"
in 4 reviews
"volcanic rock"
in 4 reviews
"parking area is"
in 2 reviews
"an amazing experience"
in 3 reviews
"lots of water"
in 3 reviews
"be careful"
in 3 reviews
"amazing walk"
in 3 reviews
"alien landscape"
in 2 reviews
"takes hours"
in 2 reviews
"walk up"
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"lush vegetation"
in 2 reviews
"bring water"
in 2 reviews
"indian ocean"
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"few days"
in 2 reviews
"blue sky"
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Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

Arrived late at 13h00 and in perfect weather, so we decided to attempt it. The drive to the parking area is slow and difficult, with the last few kilometers on gravel. The decent down to the caldera is steep and challenging. We hit the floor...More

2  Thank RicotheGreat
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Reviewed May 13, 2018

If you have some half a day and would like a short climb with a lovely view this is the place to be, but you have to do it as early as possible as clouds start to build before noon. The surrounding landscape is quite...More

1  Thank Maat00
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Reviewed May 13, 2018

While the road to get there is a bit adventurous (curvy, last couple of km bumpy dirt road), even the view at the parking area is simply amazing. Since we got there a bit to late to do the whole walk around the vulcano, we...More

1  Thank TobiF88
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Reviewed February 11, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful panoramic view of Piton de la Fournaise and Formica Leo. Incredible experience but wake up before sunrise and get here early in the morning to see the volcano without clouds.

Thank Vittorio R
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Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

We walked there within 2 hours, same with return. It is longer than expected - all reviews said its easy trek, but do not be fooled - easy but long! I have seen people attempting to walk it in flip flops, with no water or...More

3  Thank Kate S
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Reviewed December 23, 2017

This is definitely a must see when visiting Reunion Island. It is amazing to see how the volcano has changed the landscape. Please note that you need to be at the top by 8:30 as the clouds will come rolling in later in the morning....More

Thank 148leons
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Reviewed December 3, 2017

As a rule of thumb,always go early. We started our hike at 6am, it was sunny but by 8am, mist and clouds rolled in. I was quite disappointed but just kept on going. Finally we got to the crater and it was clear! We could...More

Thank sunshinelpc
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Reviewed November 19, 2017 via mobile

We walked to the top of the piton (about 2.5 hours) to get a view of the Dolomieu crater. What a view into the volcano but also of the scenery around! We were lucky, blue sky and plenty of sun were present. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed November 5, 2017

High on the list of 'must-dos' on Reunion Island, but you do need to be prepared. Set out as early as possible to maximise your chances of good weather and minimise your time walking in the hottest part of the day (we were staying on...More

1  Thank Lesleyfish
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Reviewed November 4, 2017 via mobile

This is definitely not a hike for the faint hearted. It is a 6 - 7 hour hike from the car to the summit and back. During our hike it went from overcast and cold to rainy and ended with 4 hours of blistering heat....More

2  Thank Charlene S
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sakatsu
September 28, 2017|
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Response from Charlene S | Reviewed this property |
Hi, there is a lookout point that is very close to a big parking lot. It will give you views of the area surrounding the volcano and of the volcano in the distance. Definitely not a hike to do with a little one though. But... More
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Fouche D
September 18, 2017|
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Response from LuxuryTraveller001 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, We visited in April and had a nightmare trying to book a guide - no response/slow/very expensive (Eur200+ day). Eventually we just hired a car/got sim card for Google Maps and drove there. Its easy to get to on... More
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