Monday, October 21, 2013

Reunion Island

Reunion Island is a French island located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, about 200 kilometers south west of Mauritius. It has an active volcano on its south coast, 27 kilometers of warm, welcoming beaches in the west, and lots of mountains and forests in between.

It was about a days sail from Mauritius, 132 nautical miles to be exact. We set off from Port Louis on a Sunday afternoon of 20th October 2013. We arrived the next day in Reunion a little after dark, so we anchored in St Denis (S 20.58.413 E 55.16.859) in 9m of water for the night.

On 22nd October, we moved 4 nautical miles and moored at the Fisherman's Wharf (S 20.56.344 E 55.17.005) in Le Port Reunion, where we stayed for the next 9 days. 

Reunion Island is really pretty. We took our bikes out and cycled around the area.

Out and about with our bikes
Time for a Kit Kat break
One of the best Strawberry Tarts I've had ;9
We hired a car to explore other parts of Reunion Island. There's really quite a lot of things to do! Just look at all the possibilities!

Things to do in Reunion
Houses at Hell Bourg
Hell-Bourg is a small village in the Salazie commune
It is located 1344 m (4412 ft) above sea level
Fluers Jaunes

Piton De La Fournaise is Reunions most famous natural attraction which erupted in 2007 & 2010. It took us 6 hours in total to hike from Pas de Bellecombe (2311m) to the Dolomieu Crater rim (2632m) and back. 


Windy roads up ahead
Our tiny rental car - All smiles and ready to hike!
Hikers all in a row..
Shiny like diamonds
Climbing up hill
More uphill

We made it to the Dolomieu Crater!
Huge crater at 900m wide by 300m deep.
Definitely enjoyed our stay here. Provisioning was very expensive because everything is in EURO. The markets were a far cry from what we were used to in Mauritius for its variety, freshness and price! But if we had lots of EURO's, we'd definitely be back!

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